Worship and Music
Worship is at the heart of the Church, when we make the boldest claims about who God is and who we are and our prayers and praise to the one who created us, loves us, walks with us, and is waiting for us at our end.
St. Mary’s is blessed by the service of countless lay people who do everything from preparing the Church to welcoming you when you arrive; serving as acolytes and readers to singing in the choirs; administering the chalice and taking communion to those unable to leave their homes. For more information or to get involved, visit our Liturgical Ministries page.
Throughout the academic year, we worship at 8:00 a.m. (Spoken Eucharist), 9:00 a.m. (Children and Family Eucharist), and 11:00 a.m. (Choral Eucharist).
St. Mary’s Choir joins with the Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge on July 16, 2017
Excerpt from Lessons and Carols, December 18, 2016.
Music at St. Mary the Virgin draws from the many traditions that make up the music of the Church. The breadth of offerings includes hymns and anthems, a Parish Choir which draws on the talents of professional and volunteer singers alike, a Youth and Children’s Choir program using a Royal School of Church Music curriculum, a Handbell Choir, opportunities for instrumentalists, and a Candlelight Concert Series. St. Mary the Virgin’s strong music program comes from a deep foundation in choral and hymn singing laid by its past music directors, including Dale Wood and Michael and Catherine Secour.
We are always open for new members. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. We have a very exciting fall coming up with a great deal of special music! Our projects include Evensongs, Duruflé’s Requiem (Nov. 2), Lessons and Carols (Dec. 17), and special music for Feasts and Festivals, in addition to our normal Sunday morning musical offerings. We welcome experienced singers of all voice parts. If you feel called to participate in choir, please do not hesitate to contact Director of Music, Eric Choate, firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition.
Director of Music: Mr. Eric Choate, email@example.com, 415.921.3665 x310
Interim Children’s Choir Director and Handbell Choir Director: Mrs. Marla Perkins firstname.lastname@example.org, 415.921.3665 x310
Music Librarians and Assistants: Mrs. Patricia Lusse, Mrs. Susan Barber
Conducting Scholar: Ms. Julia Morris
Section Leaders: Mrs. Ellen Leslie, soprano; Ms. Bethany Goldson, alto; Mr. Julian Kusnadi, tenor; Mr. Jess Perry, bass
Children’s Choir and Youth Choir
During the school year, children in kindergarten through third grade sing in the Children’s Choir which emphasizes vocal and religious training, church liturgy and how to participate appropriately. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. For more information, contact Children’s Choir Director Marla Perkins at email@example.com.
During the school year, children fourth grade through eighth grade sing in the Youth Choir and once a year perform a musical show during a service. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Contact Eric Choate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both choirs sing each week at the 9:00 a.m. service (8:30 a.m. call).
St. Mary’s uses the Royal School of Church Music, America (RSCM) as the foundation for its children and youth curriculum. RSCM emphasizes vocal training, music literacy, and spiritual guidance.
Parents of choristers help with snacks, monitoring duties, dinners, and special events.
Our Interim Children’s Choir Director Marla Perkins has re-launched and is directing our handbell choir. We have a wonderful collection of bells and it is joyous to have them chiming in our worship services again. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please speak with Marla Perkins if you are interested in joining the group. email@example.com