MUSIC AT ST. ANDREW'S
Music occupies a very special place in the life of our community. We sing because there are some things which cannot be conveyed by words alone: those who have experienced the joy of God’s saving help cannot help but break into song! As important as music is to us at St. Andrew’s, you will find that it is intimately bound up with the liturgy; even the most elaborate and festive pieces are not reserved for concert performances but are presented within the context of a worship service.
The most important group of music-makers at St. Andrew’s is the entire congregation, which sings a number of hymns and pieces of service music in every liturgy. In this choir of the whole assembly, every voice is indispensable, whether sweet, shrill, strong, shy, shaky, or sure. Just as we all have a place at God’s table, we all have a song to sing.
The vested choirs, organist, and other musical forces serve first of all to lead and assist the congregation, and then to offer gifts of beauty which their talents, training, and time allow them to give. The whole congregation shares in these gifts by actively listening to and praying along with the choral and instrumental musicians.
When we sing together in worship, we unite our congregation not only with itself, but with other communities of faith, with angels and archangels, with matriarchs and patriarchs, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, with saints past, present, and future-indeed, with all creation-in the unending song of praise and thanksgiving to our God.*
*Used with permission by Dr. Russell Schultz, Professor of Music at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX.
OPPORTUNITES TO SHARE YOUR TALENT
St. Andrew’s Chancel Choir is open to all ages from 8th grade – adult. It rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m in St. Cecelia (downstairs in Lowndes Hall) and leads the 10:30 a.m. worship every Sunday from September through June. If you enjoy singing we would love to have you in this ministry.
St. Andrew’s Ringers is a 5 octave hand bell choir that rehearses in the Nave on Thursdays from 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. from September to June. If you read music and have a desire to be a part of this ministry as a regular ringer or substitute please contact Michael Mitchell or anyone in the Bell Choir.
Instrumentalists -- We love using everyone’s gifts so if you play an instrument and would like to offer it for a special piece or service please let us know.
For the not so musically inclined -- The music department always needs volunteers for administrative assistance and hospitality. If you would be willing to help with either of these please contact Michael Mitchell.
Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Silver.