We speak to those who love music and praising and praying to the Lord with a singing voice. That would be many of us, I think! If you are an older singer, consider extending and enhancing your worship when experiencing our very spirited and spirit-filled rehearsal time together. If a parent of a young person who loves to sing, why not have your child join the Choristers, learn a little more fully about all aspects of music and be a part of this community of young singers among us? When is it an appropriate time to add your talents to our music ministry at St. Peter's? Any time! You are always welcome!
The Choirs: Adult Choir & Choristers - Our choirs continue to grow in competence not only because of consistent diligence but also because we have been blessed with new members such that we now have a multigenerational ensemble that works well together. The mix of veteran experience and novice enthusiasm allows the choir to gain confidence as they take on new challenges. With Evensongs, Lessons and Carols for Advent, Christmas Eve services and the Easter Vigil, there are at least six services each program year with a heavy choral emphasis.
Contact: Barbara Bulger Verdile, Director of Music
Adult Choir: (rehearsal on Sundays, 9:25am-10:05am) Choir members sing for either the early or late service with a balanced distribution of voices for each service. In addition to Christmas and Easter, all singers join together for Evensong services, which is a particular treat for the singers. Each June the choir gathers for the annual choir picnic.
Choristers: (rehearsal on Sundays 12:00-1:00pm) Each June we recognize the achievements of the Choristers (ages 8 to 12 years) who worked all year to complete the requirements on their respective levels of the Voice for Life curriculum.
Choristers’ skills are continually advancing and this year they take on a more active role singing for services two times a month and leading services independently as well as in combination with the Adult Choir.
Choral Scholars: This group, for singers ages 13 and up, rehearses every Sunday and sings for services, independently and in combination with the other choral groups. And the Voice for Life program isn’t just for the Choristers. Choral Scholars can also take advantage of the musical instruction offered through this Royal School of Church Music program.
Special services: The full choir is always on hand to add festive music on the occasion of the Bishop’s visit.
St. Peter’s holds Evensong services a few times a year on Sunday evenings. It is a quiet, reflective set of prayers, songs, and psalms asking the worshipper to be still in spirit, thanking God for the day just past and asking for His protection during the coming night. This service has a long Anglican tradition and it is very special that St. Peter’s offers this to our community and underscores St. Peter’s commitment to be ”a Shining City on a Hill that cannot be hid: drawing people near and far into deepening relationship with Jesus”
With a voice of singing,
Barbara Bulger Verdile
Director of Music & Organist
All photos this page courtesy of Andrea White.