Candlelight Concerts

Dear Friends,
Our 2017-2018 Concerts have concluded. Some incredible artists visited St. Mary’s and shared their talent. Plans are in the works for the 2018-2019 season.  Check back later in the fall for announcements.

If you want to support this ministry, checks may be paid to Friends of Music or can be made online by pressing button below and specifying “Friends of Music.”

I am very grateful to have your support. Thank you.

Eric Choate
Director of Music, The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin


Brian Thorsett

Saturday, October 7 – 7:00 p.m. Hailed as a strikingly gifted tenor, with a deeply moving, unblemished voice”  (, Brian Thorsett is excelling in opera, oratorio and recital across the world. Since taking to the operatic stage, he has been seen and heard in over 100 diverse operatic roles, ranging from Monteverdi to Britten, back to Rameau and ahead again to works composed specifically for his talents. Closely associated with expanding the vocal-chamber genre, he has been involved in premieres and commissions of Ian Venables, Peter Josheff, David Conte, Shinji Eshima, Scott Gendel, Gordon Getty, Michel Bosc, Noah Luna, Laurence Lowe, Brian Holmes, Eric Choate, Eric Davis, Michael Scherperel, Robert Conrad and Nicholas Carlozzi.

He is a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artist program, American Bach Soloists’ Academy, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh, England and spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West. Brian is currently Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech and previously served on faculty at Santa Clara University and University of California at Berkeley


Saturday, March 3, 2018 • 7:00 p.m. GAUDE, is a professional, a cappella chamber ensemble based in San Francisco, California. Directed by Jace Wittig (former  Interim Director of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble,  Chanticleer), Gaude presents a cappella masterpieces from the Renaissance and beyond in intimate settings with modern sensibility. Gaude seeks to engage the concert-going public, new listeners, and student musicians alike through unique programming and joyfully artistic performances. Gaude is a newly founded, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.”Gaude” means “Rejoice” in Latin—the most common language for Sacred Renaissance music, which forms the core of our repertoire. Gaude’s debut concerts took place in December 2015 to an overwhelmingly positive response in San Jose and San Francisco. The 2017 calendar year includes Gaude’s return to Old First Concerts in San Francisco, as well as repeat performances in San Jose (at the 2017 ACDA-CASMEC Conference) and new ventures in the North Bay.


Saturday, April 21, 2018 • 7:00 p.m. MUSA is a chamber ensemble dedicated to historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire, as well as new music for period instruments. From trio sonatas to orchestral works, MUSA has presented programs on numerous concert series across the Bay Area.
The 2016-2017 season includes programs on Old First Concerts, Arts at St. Bede’s, Noontime Concerts at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, and Wednesday Noon Concerts at Throckmorton Theatre.
MUSA is a fiscal affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. For more information about upcoming concerts, visit

Tamalpais Brass

Saturday, May 12 – 7:00 p.m. Tamalpais Brass sounds like the beautiful mountain in Marin that is our namesake: wondrous and enticing, elusive but calming, grounding and soaring. We are a brass quintet that pushes the limits of our abilities, and we like to bring our audiences along for the ride.

Our musical inspirations range from period instrument brass groups to the rhythm and groove of a New Orleans 2nd line, to the boundary pushing performances by the American Brass Quintet, Meridian Arts Ensemble, and Stockholm Chamber Brass.

Graham Taylor & Richard Roper, trumpets
Alison Sawyer, french horn
Andy Strain, tenor trombone
Brendan Lai-Tong, bass trombone

Musical Calendar

  • September 24, 2017 – 4:15 p.m. – Evensong for the opening program of the American  Guild of Organists, San Francisco Chapter for the 2017-18 year, featuring the Parish  Choir of St. Mary the Virgin
  • October 7, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. – Candlelight Concert – Brian Thorsett, tenor
  • November 2, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. – Durufle Requiem for the Feast of All Souls, featuring the Parish Choir of St. Mary the Virgin, Lacuna Arts Choral, and Jonathan Dimmock, organist
  • December 7, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. – Evensong for the Feast of St. Nicholas, featuring the Parish Choir of St. Mary the Virgin
  • December 16, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. – A service of Lessons and Carols for Advent, featuring the Choral Program at St. Mary the Virgin
  • February 24, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. – Joint Concert with Lacuna Arts Chorale and St. Mary’s Parish Choir Featuring music of black composers
  • March 3, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. – Candlelight Concert – GAUDE
  • April 12, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. – Evensong for the Feast of the Annunciation, featuring the Parish Choir of St. Mary the Virgin
  • April 21, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. – Candlelight Concert – Musa
  • May 12, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. – Candlelight Concert – Tamalpais Brass
  • May 31, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. – Evensong for the Feast of the Visitation