St. Philip’s has a long tradition of offering the finest music through worship services, encompassing high-quality anthems, organ music, and liturgical music that upholds the unsurpassed musical tradition of the Anglican/Episcopal Church.
We invite you to listen to the St. Nicholas Youth Choir and Schola Cantorum Adults, in these audio clips recorded in July 2016 immediately before the choirs traveled to Worcester Cathedral to sing in residence.
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in b minor by T.T. Noble
And I Saw a New Heaven by Edgar L. Bainton
Pilgrim’s Hymn by Stephen Paulus
Learn more about the summer 2016 UK Residency by clicking here.
St. Philip’s Singers
Open to all adults with basic choral skills who want to participate and who have a strong commitment to regular attendance and willingness to practice outside regular rehearsals. This choir averages about 50 people. The Director of Music leads this choir with the assistance of the Associate Music Director/Organist.
Auditioned choir consisting of about 24 musicians who are willing to make the commitment to be at all major services, both Sundays and Feast Days, and continue their musical training. Canterbury Apprentices are youth from St. Nicholas Choir, young men with changed voices and high school women, who audition to join Canterbury Choir. The Director of Music leads this choir with the assistance of the Associate Music Director/Organist.
A small group of auditioned adults who sing at the 4:30 p.m. Evensong service held once a month, as well as other special liturgies throughout the year. The singers are volunteer altos, tenors, and basses, with the sopranos being the trebles from the St. Nicholas Choir. The Director of Music leads this choir in rotation with the Associate Music Director/Organist.
Children & Youth Choirs
St. Nicholas Choir
Boys and girls age 9 through high school or until voice change, who practice weekly and sing at the Sunday worship services twice a month, and lead Choral Evensong on third Sundays October–May. The children study from the Royal School of Church Music curriculum. Certain outstanding members are sponsored to attend the summer RSCM conventions. The Director of Music directs this choir with the assistance of the Associate Director/Organist.
St. Cecilia and Cherub Choirs
The St. Cecilia Choir (children ages 7–8) sings at Sunday services twice month and the Cherub Choir (children ages 4–7) sings at a Sunday service once a month. The Director of Music supervises these choirs with the help of an assistant.
St. Philip’s is a parish where we work together to raise young musicians in a warm and supportive environment. We work closely with Royal School of Church Music America, an organization that endorses high-quality choral music in sacred context. We believe our training offers not only knowledge of how to sing, but leadership skills, discipline, music theory, liturgical understanding, and experience, as well as building long-lasting friendships and community. We have choirs that are designed to fit appropriate age groups, their interests and growth.
For more information about choirs, including joining the right choir for you, contact Jeffrey Campbell.