Music

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.

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.

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!

Upcoming Music Special Events

Compline

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 at 6:00 p.m.


Hymn Sing

Wednesday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the church, after Compline

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!


Evensongs

Click here for the Evensong schedule.


Singers Wanted!

Mozart’s Requiem for All Saints

On Sunday, November 4th, St. Martin’s Choir will be performing Mozart’s Requiem with orchestra as part of the Columbarium anniversary celebration. Singers from the community are invited to participate in this performance with no obligation to join the choir for the rest of the season. We ask that guest singers attend three Thursday choir rehearsals: October 11, 18, and 25, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., as well as the dress rehearsal on Thursday, November 1st, at 7:00 p.m. Singers may use their own score, or a free public-domain score can be provided by the church. Please share this with anyone who may be interested, and contact Erik Meyer, music director, with questions or to participate in this unique opportunity! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 215.247.7466 x104.

St. Martin’s Revels

The St. Martin’s Revels is returning on Saturday, November 17! Last year the fun surprised everyone including the cast. This year we are inviting the entire St. Martin’s community to participate in the production so, if you like to sing, consider joining the fun. You must commit to attending an afternoon rehearsal on Saturday, November 10 and one Thursday early evening rehearsal (date to be determined) in addition to the day of the production. A sign-up sheet will be available by the end of September. If you are not up for singing, consider volunteering as an usher or as a baker of cookies. Or if you sew, perhaps you would consider making costumes for the kids. Questions? Talk to Leni Windle (610-453-8352 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Paula Meyer (856-869-0504 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

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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 9:15 a.m. Sunday Eucharist for preschool children and their families.

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

Regular Sunday Schedule

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

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, Oct.-June, in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.

Location

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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