Choirs

Choral music is the very heart of worship at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. 

This year, the choirs are preparing for our second choral pilgrimage. We will be the choir-in-residence at Bristol Cathedral in August 2017, and sing an Evensong at Westminster Abbey.

The Chancel Choir is an auditioned group of thirty-five volunteer and professional singers. Members must have vocal or choral experience, and must be fluent music readers. During the choir season (mid-September through May), the Chancel Choir sings weekly at the 11:15 a.m. Sunday Eucharist, and sings Evensong at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Practices are held on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:15 p.m. The first rehearsal for the 2016-17 season will be September 15, 2016.

The Parish Choir is a more casual ensemble of volunteer and professional singers who sing at the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist approximately twice a month. Membership is open to anyone who is interested, and choral experience is not required.  The Parish Choir rehearsals are on certain Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., right after SUPPER. These rehearsals will be roughly once a month. Please contact Erik for details on the Parish Choir rehearsal schedule.

TreblesThe Treble (kids) Choir is open to children in second through eighth grade. They sing at the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist twice a month - once by themselves, and once with the Parish Choir adults. During rehearsals, the Trebles are given age-appropriate instruction in music theory, voice building, and liturgy. St. Martin’s is an Affiliate Member of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM); as Trebles develop their voices and musical skills, they earn color-coded awards to mark their progress.

There are two Treble Choir rehearsals:

  • Any skill level can attend rehearsal every Wednesday from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (includes snack). The first rehearsal for the 2016-17 season will be September 14, 2016.
  • Advanced Singers only can attend an alternate rehearsal. This short, intensive rehearsal is intended to prepare these singers for a month’s worth of music. It is intended, ideally, for those who cannot attend the regular Wednesday afternoon rehearsal.
  • Teenagers in grades nine through twelve and boys whose voices have changed are invited to join the Parish or Chancel Choir.

Evensong Choir sings Evensong at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month from October to June. If you’d enjoy singing these popular services, but don’t feel you’re able to commit to rehearsing every week with the Chancel Choir, you might consider singing for Evensongs only. You’d need to attend the two Thursday rehearsals preceding an Evensong (the first rehearsal would be short - only about 45 minutes, the second would be a full-length rehearsal). There is a lot of music in every Evensong, so choir experience is necessary.

Compline Choir sings the 20-minute service of Night Prayer periodically throughout the year, typically on SUPPER nights (2nd and 4th Wednesdays) at 7:00pm . This service uses plainsong and chant, and is a wonderful way to end the day. Please contact music director Erik Meyer for information on singing compline.

Interested in joining?

All of the choirs regularly welcome new members. Church membership is not required for participation in one of the choirs. If you are interested in joining one of the groups, or would like more information, please call Erik Meyer at the church office 215.247.7466 x104 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Listen to St. Martin’s Chancel Choir:

Choir pilgrimage to the UK, July 2014 (live)

Evensong at Washington National Cathedral, August 26, 2012: (live)

Evensongs at St. Martin’s: (live)

Summer Sunday Service Schedule: Through September 17, 2017

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music

Regular Sunday Service Schedule: Returns September 24, 2017

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

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

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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