For the most part, this August music article presents events that begin our program year and extends to you our annual invitation to join a parish music ensemble.
St. Paul’s Music Ministry offers a diverse and notable array of musical styles illustrating the breath of our ministry in response to parish mission and vision for great worship music. In short, music that makes our worship “truly joyful!” We also offer a series of concerts through our Friends of Music Guild Concert Series. Listed in next month’s Messenger article will be our concert offerings for the 2018-2019 program year. These concerts feature an abundance of St. Paul’s talent, guest artists and our wonderful organ in a resonant performance space.
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 Stephen Schall, free lance organist, conductor and bass soloist here in Pittsburgh. Each will play around ten minutes of music that you will truly enjoy.
In September the music ministry begins its rehearsal schedule and all are invited to join us. Our Music Ministers are a group of welcoming singers and instrumentalists at all levels of ability. The common denominator is our desire to make St. Paul’s worship truly joyful. Be a part of this dynamic community of musicians and join one of these ensembles, calling me with any questions at ext. 16.
There are some changes to anticipate this year as Christin and I, along with clergy, have proposed some innovations. With your support, we will sharpen our music ministry’s service to our community.
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. To accomplish this, there will be twice-per-month rehearsals for 8:45 a.m. musicians and, in order to maximize youth participation, these rehearsals will be on Wednesday evenings to coincide with Senior EYC. We will post a list of these rehearsal times in the coming weeks. Sunday morning 8:15 am rehearsals prior to the liturgy will continue. Innovations include the following:
In summary, we invite all Contemporary Music Ensemble musicians to continue to provide contemporary worship music enjoyed by people of all ages. We need musicians who play piano, guitars, bass, wind and stringed instruments, & percussion, and even brass.
2. Music for 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.
3. Canterbury Choir and Handbell choir under the direction of Christin Cooper
Christin has wonderful news about our youth choirs and announcements about handbells. Please see her article.
Pittsburgh Beer & Hymns! Wednesday, August 15, 5pm-7pm, Caliente Pizza & Drafthouse, 329 Castle Shannon Blvd. Sponsored by St. Paul’s and the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. There is a grand tradition within the Christian church of bringing together hymn-singing and pub culture. Join us for this modern-day celebration of community, hymns, beer, and fun!