Music at St. Thomas’

Choir

St. Thomas’ Choir

Music has always been an integral part of worship at St. Thomas’. In 2007 we added music to the Sunday 7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I. The folks who worship at 7:30 a.m. tell me this enriches their worship experience.  They sing the hymns with gusto! Especially impressive since The Choir does not sing at 7:30!

The St. Thomas’ Choir helps to lead the singing at the 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II/Enriching Our Worship. The Choir is a very dedicated group of anywhere from 8-16 singers who sing all year! From September through May we rehearse on Thursday evenings from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Year-round we rehearse Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:00 a.m. We sing a broad spectrum of music from plainchant to early American folk tunes, to American spirituals, to four-part anthems from the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and now the 21st centuries, to newly-composed texts and tunes, both in unison and in harmony.  We even have a few anthems composed for and dedicated to our Choir! We change the service music; e.g., The Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus, Fraction Anthem, Agnus Dei, according to the liturgical year, thus underscoring where we are on our path together as a worshipping community.  In addition, we welcome choir members from afar who sing with us during the Summer, or when they are here in town.

In 2012 I started writing a weekly column called Today’s Music for Tidings (our Sunday bulletin insert). I love hymns! And, they have incredible stories and journeys. I choose the hymns very intentionally according to the lessons for that day, and I strive to keep a balance between old and new, various styles, e.g. four-part harmony, unison, folk, plainchant.  I write about the Choir’s anthem as well as the organ music. So keep sending me e-mails with questions or comments!

 

Minister of Music

Jane M. Schroeder, S.M.M.

Organ

To learn more about the history of the organ at St. Thomas’ and its specifications, please visit Our Organ page.