Upcoming Music Special Events


2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7 p.m., and weekly during Lent

Compline, “A Nightcap for the Soul,” is a beautiful sung, 20-minute service to close out the day. Follows SUPPER on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays until Wednesday, May 23. SUPPER continues through the summer without compline following. Compline will return in the fall on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Circle Songs with Bobby McFerrin

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

No Registration Required.

Pentecost Evensong

June 3, 2018 - 5 p.m. (with special music beginning at 4:30 p.m.)

Preacher: The Very Rev. Emily Richards, Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Glenside
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Marinus Ensemble_7 Last Words 2012Music plays an integral role in the life and worship at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, where a rich musical tradition has been present from the church’s very beginning.  Whether through participating in one of the choirs, playing an instrument, singing a hymn, or simply listening from the pews, St. Martin’s music feeds the soul of everyone it touches.

The Chancel Choir is an auditioned group of thirty-five volunteer and professional singers, which sings at the 11:15 Eucharist and monthly Evensongs. The Parish Choir is a more casual ensemble of volunteer and professional singers who sing at the 9:00 Eucharist. The Treble (kids) Choir sings at the 9:00 Eucharist, and is open to children in second through eighth grade. The Handbell Choir plays occasionally at different services. St. Martin’s tower has two sets of bells, which are rung by the Philadelphia Guild of Change Ringers.

Membership to all ensembles is open – please contact music director Erik Meyer (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 215.247.7466 x104) for more information.

Choir rehearsals
New members are welcome! The Treble Choir (children grades 2-8) rehearses on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and sings at the 9:00 service; the Chancel Choir (adults) rehearses on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and sings at the 11:15 service; the Parish Choir (adults) does not have a weekday rehearsal and sings at the 9:00 service. For any questions please contact Erik Meyer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or x104.

The choirs have returned from their second choral pilgrimage as choir-in-residence at Bristol Cathedral in August 2017, including an visit to sing Evensong at Westminster Abbey. Find photos on our Facebook page!


The Music Staff

Erik Meyer has been the Music Director at St. Martin’s since August 2011. He holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and has performed all over the world. 

St. Martin’s Cantorei are professional singers who serve as section leaders in the choirs, soloists and cantors at services, and sing together as a choral ensemble.

Jerome Brandt, soloist emeritus
Krystiane Cooper, soprano
Alyson Harvey, mezzo-soprano
Wesley Morgan, tenor
John Wentz, bass

Assisting musician Adenike Webb leads the music for worship.together, the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service for young children.

St. Martin’s choir library is managed by volunteer librarian Connie Haggard.

Listen to the St. Martin’s choir:

    Choir pilgrimage to the UK, July 2014 (live)
          Magnificat - Erik Meyer
          Nunc Dimittis - Erik Meyer
          Pilgrim’s Hymn - Paulus
          Preces - Erik Meyer
          Responses - Erik Meyer
          Ubi Caritas - Biery
          When Rooks Fly Homeward - Baynon   

    Evensong at Washington National Cathedral, August 26, 2012: (live)
          Os Justi Meditabitur - Anton Bruckner
          Magnificat in D - A. Herbert Brewer
          Nunc Dimittis in D - A. Herbert Brewer
          Beati Quorum Via - C. V. Stanford

    Evensongs at St. Martin’s: (live)
          Like as the Hart - Herbert Howells
          Ezekiel Saw The Wheel - William Dawson

New Hymnal

LEVAS coverIntroducing our new hymnal, Lift Every Voice and Sing (LEVAS) which will supplement our current 1982 hymnal in the pews.

Why another hymnal? The Episcopal hymn tradition is much broader than one hymnal can capture. It takes a new hymnal committee years to agree on which hymns to include and exclude (otherwise it would be one hymnal in 10 volumes!)

LEVAS celebrates the African American hymn tradition. The Episcopal Church in Philadelphia was the first in the nation to ordain both African Americans and women. Absalom Jones was ordained as the first Black Episcopal priest in 1802 by Bishop William White. Born into slavery in Delaware, he was freed by his owner and purchased his wife’s freedom. The Rev. Jones went on to form the Free African Society in 1787. He established the Free African Church with Richard Allen which went on to align itself with the Episcopal Church, becoming the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, one of the first Black churches in the nation and the first Black Episcopal church.

Summer Sunday Service Schedule - begins June 10, 2018

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music

Regular Sunday Service Schedule - returns September 9, 2018

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos/FUSE)
9:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.


This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

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