September is similar to January. It’s the beginning of a new year- a program year, so what’s new in St. Paul’s Music Ministry? Plenty!
At its meeting on July 24, The Friends of Music (FOM) Committee approved its commitment to reinstate a Choral Scholars Program. The Friends of Music Committee includes Jamie Van Nostrand, Preston Shimer, Alice Lee, Doug Starr, Katy Williams, Christin Cooper, and Barbara Andrews. As Noah indicated in his recent all parish email, the Vestry approved this reinstatement. Funded by the Friends of Music, the Committee will oversee this program, an outreach to musically talented college students. It will give a professional development opportunity to two young musicians whose career may involve sacred music performance through a stipend position in the St. Paul’s Chancel Choir. This is a one-year trial of this program, which will be evaluated next spring by the Friends of Music Committee and Vestry.
What can all parishioners do to help us?
A wonderful new season of Friends of Music concerts is about to begin! Ranging from a concert of community celebration of diversity, to Brahms Requiem and two Charlie Chaplin films with live music accompaniment, it’s going to be an exciting season. Please support us by being a concert patron or sponsor by contacting Katy Williams, Guild Administrator at [email protected].
Kicking off the Guild Concert Series will be our annual South Hills Organists Recital on Sunday September 23 at 4:00 pm. This year we feature in-house organists Christin Cooper, Alice Lee and me. Our guests are David Schaap, Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Cathedral and Michael Andrew Hammer, organist at Third Presbyterian. Each of us will play around ten minutes of music that you will truly enjoy.
I will be in recital at the Heinz Chapel Reuter Organ on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 pm. In a program called “Suites for the Sweet,” I will present a series of pieces of the same title by different composers. There are many settings of the same title; e.g. Toccata, Elegy, and Siciliano, or of the same compositional procedure; fugue, ground bass, etc. I will fashion mini suites from these similar titles by diverse composers, ancient and modern, including J. S. Bach, William Walton, Herbert Howells, Johann Pachelbel and others. The recital is free. You would be sweet to attend.
On Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm, Organ Artist Russell Weismann, Pittsburgh native and award-winning organ artist, will present a recital of organ masterworks. St. Paul’s Vocal Artist in Residence Katy Williams will also be featured on J. S. Bach’s Church Cantata Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht (False world, I trust you not) BWV 52.
We begin our rehearsal schedule and all are invited to join us. Be a part of this dynamic community of musicians and join one of these ensembles, emailing me at [email protected] or Christin Cooper, Musical Assistant, at [email protected].
Music for Sunday at 8:45
We are combining Youth Praise Band and 8:45 ensemble to increase intergenerational music-making and to achieve more consistent participation on a weekly basis. Our first rehearsal is Wednesday, September 12 at 7:30 pm in the church. We all gather to rehearse at 8:15 am before each Sunday morning 8:45 am liturgy.
We invite all Contemporary Music Ensemble musicians to continue to provide contemporary worship music enjoyed by people of all ages. We need musicians, young and older, who play piano, guitars, bass, wind and stringed instruments, & percussion, and even brass.
Sunday at 10:45 – Chancel Choir Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 6th
This is a traditional service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II, featuring the great hymns and historic music of the Church sung by the Chancel Choir, soloists, and supported by our magnificent pipe organ and other instrumentalists. Our Chancel Choir of high school age and adult singers offer wonderful choral anthems, descants, and leads our singing of Psalms and Chant. We rehearse each Thursday night at 7:30 pm until @ 8:45 p.m. and again on Sunday morning at 9:45 am in preparation for the 10:45 liturgy. We invite you to join us on September 6!