We have a rich musical tradition at our 10:30 service, ably led by Bjorn Gustafson, with an open invitation for all to participate.
St. Mary’s adult choir is called the Magnificat Choir, after Mary’s song of praise in the book of Luke.
This group is open to older teens through senior citizens and always welcomes new members.
Most singers sing for the entire program year (Sept – May) but that is not required. If you can sing only for a season the choir would still love to have you. Music ranges from chant to Baroque to contemporary choral writing,and the choir leads service music and presents an anthem each week at the 10:30 service. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7 – 8:30 pm and Sunday mornings from 9:30 – 10:15. Singers are encouraged to attend both rehearsals, but if one is unable and can only be at one regularly, that can work as music is planned out well in advance. Choral singing is fun and improves one’s well-being and health!
St. Mary’s Handbell Choir is a unique opportunity in that ringers “sign-up” on a month to month basis as their schedules allow. Reading music is not required, but a good sense of rhythm and counting is, along with the willingness to make mistakes and sometimes feel slightly foolish! This fun and forgiving group learns to make music together with many ringers playing for the entire program year, assisting in mentoring newer players. Rehearsal take place in the church Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:15pm. Music is usually presented in a service on the last Sunday of each month after four rehearsals.
St. Mary’s choir for grade-school aged people is called Choristers. Singers learn healthy, musical singing technique, unsion and simple part singing, and to be part of an ensemble. Highlights include participating in Lessons and Carols in December, the spring children’s musical, and singing for both the 9:00 and 10:30 services several times during the program year. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 6 – 6:45pm.