MUSIC AT ST B’S

Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

CHOIRS

So if you had the opportunity to reduce stress, increase energy, generally rejuvenate mind, soul, and body, and for free, you would be foolish not to join in, right?!

Music has long been known to have beneficial potential. This has often been popularly interpreted as music heard over headphones, or singing along with the radio. But the increasing emphasis of recent studies is not just individually hearing or singing music, but, specifically, singing in a choir.

One study concluded that the health benefits of choral singing rival those of yoga. Other reports cite heightened alertness, reduced stress, increased energy, and even relief of aches and pains. For children and youth, singing in a choir has been shown to boost academic performance. Singing in a choir, in short, is a powerful prescription for health and happiness!

At St. Bartholomew’s, we have numerous opportunities to not only sing in a choir, but also to do so in the context of living out our faith in the community of faith.

Introducing the

Choir School of

West Baltimore 

(Children & Youth) Do you know a child who likes to sing? We are thrilled to announce the virtual launch of a unique enrichment program for boys and girls in grades 3 and up. Help provide a child with a great music education and watch them build lasting friendships in the exciting choir community.  Download an informational brochure.

The St. Bartholomew Choir

(Youth and adults)This ensemble is the main musical leadership at St. Bartholomew’s 10:30 service, September through mid-June.

New members are always welcome, regardless of experience, and short-term participation opportunities are offered.

Rehearsals are Thursday evenings. at 7:30 p.m.  Until in-person rehearsals can resume safely, we are meeting via Zoom.  Contact the music office for log-in information.

Stylistic variety is important for the selection of anthems: Anglican chant, baroque, contemporary, and Mendelssohn to motets, all with or without instrumental accompaniment.

Handbell Choir

(Youth and adults) When active this group meets weekly to rehearse and occasionally plays for worship. (The ability to read music is essential.)

Summer Choir

(Grades 4 through Adult) During the summer months, this choir rehearses at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays and sings for 10:30 service immediately following. Singers are welcome to participate for as few or as many summer Sundays they can!

OPPORTUNITIES

Instrumentalists

The regular use of instruments other than the organ is a vital part of the worship experience at St. Bartholomew’s. Instruments recently in use include the flute, violin, and brass.

Friends of music

Opportunities abound to support music at St. Bartholomew’s. Be it maintaining vestments and other equipment to logistical support for special music events (such as ushering, program publishing, publicity), anyone with a passion for music and a desire to offer non-musical support is encouraged to make their interests known!

For more information about our music programs and events, contact Ted Davis, Organist and Choirmaster

EVENT SERIES

Music at St. Bartholomew’s


St. Bartholomew’s is a parish committed to offering inspired quality music, and extends a warm invitation to this series of special music events. Great music brings us in touch with the transcendent. Our goal is to offer numerous opportunities for our community to hear such music performed live.

Please visit again soon.  Events for the new 2019-2020 season will be announced late summer.

Upcoming Events

Storied Favorites

a virtual concert with organist Ted Davis

Sunday, June 14, 7:00 p.m

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Stories. We love to tell them and hear them told. What human community doesn’t have its stories? Through stories, we come together and embrace our humanity. And, with music being such a powerful medium for expression, is it any wonder great music is often inspired by stories and storytelling? And has there ever been a time we’ve needed to come together more than now?

Join us on YouTube Live for a concert of beloved story-inspired orchestral masterpieces performed on St. Bartholomew’s magnificent Casavant-Storey organ. The program will feature works originally created to tell epic tales, including Rossini’s William Tell Overture (adapted for organ by Edwin Lemare) and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (adapted for organ by Ted Davis). Not music for liturgy! Just for fun!

Donations are gratefully accepted and will help support the parish outreach fund and future music events at St. Bartholomew’s

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