With the Touring Choirs traveling to Tennessee for their domestic tour and the MasterSingers serving as the choir-in-residence at Durham Cathedral in England, there is much excitement in the Choir School as we look toward the summer months.
We are thrilled to announce that St. Peter’s Choir has been accepted for a second residency in 2021. Please join us on Sunday, March 24 for a special Lenten Evensong with J. S. Bach’s “Jesu, Meine Freude”.
The Choir School at St. Peter’s offers a rich partnership in music, community events, and travel abroad. See them this Sunday as the Town Choirs lead the 10:45 a.m. service.
At St. Peter’s we continue the tradition of Lessons and Carols. Our carol service is modified for use in Advent instead of Christmas and we end our lessons with the story of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel visits, and tells Mary she will become the mother of Jesus.
Early on the morning of June 14, the Boys Tour Choir, Girls Tour Choir, and the MasterSingers of The Choir School at St. Peter’s will gather in front of St. Peter’s, ready to embark on their annual summer tour. The staff and chaperones will quickly put everyone to work, loading the buses with suitcases, choir robes, risers, snacks, and all the many things that we will need for a week on the road.
Next Sunday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m., St. Peter’s Choir will sing for a special Eastertide Evensong. This service will feature Benjamin Britten’s beloved masterpiece, “Rejoice in the Lamb.”
For those of us who grew up in the Episcopal Church, or in any liturgical tradition for that matter, the singing of hymns feels so commonplace that it is hard to imagine that it was ever any other way. The inclusion of the poetry of centuries of hymn-writers continues to enrich our worship.
In this season of Advent we are called to find space in the midst of our busy lives to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ.
I am ever grateful for the welcoming community I’ve found here at St. Peter’s: on the staff, in the choir, and amongst the congregation as a whole. I am deeply grateful to all of you and for this community. With your support, I am confident in our ability to continue and grow the wonderful tradition of great music and liturgy that has already been so firmly established.
Sometimes we struggle to find a place for our beliefs in the context of this world, and amidst the difficulties we sometimes face in our lives. And yet, we sing. We sing even when we are unsure. We begin by singing.