Music 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.
St. Martin’s Choir is an auditioned group of forty volunteer and professional singers, which sings every week at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Eucharist and monthly Evensongs, and rehearses on Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Treble (children’s) Choir sings twice a month at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist, and is open to children in second through eighth grade; younger Trebles rehearse on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m., while older Trebles rehearse on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., overlapping with the adult choir rehearsal. The Compline Choir leads our semi-monthly Wednesday evening service of plainsong and chant. There is also a Handbell Choir which plays occasionally throughout the year. St. Martin’s tower has two sets of bells: a nine note chime and a set of eight English change-ringing bells which are rung by the Philadelphia Guild of Change Ringers.
The choirs have sung two choral pilgrimages to the UK, most recently serving as as choir-in-residence at Bristol Cathedral in August 2017 and including an visit to sing Evensong at Westminster Abbey. Find photos on our Facebook page!
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 at 6:00 p.m.
Come to this casual event, request your favorite hymns, and we’ll sing them in an intimate setting (if you prefer, you can just listen, rather than sing!). We can also share stories about any songs that are particularly meaningful to you (got you through a difficult time, or was a loved one’s favorite, etc.) Erik Meyer will be leading the hymn sing on piano, but other instruments are most welcome!
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 9:15 a.m. Sunday Eucharist for preschool children and their families.
St. Martin’s choir library is managed by volunteer librarian Connie Haggard.
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
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist
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, Oct.-June, 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.