Choir & Choristers
The Parish Choir at STE
Liturgical music at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church is formed around the foundations of psalmody, chant, and hymnody. The musicians of Saint Thomas’ pour energy into the work of worshipping God, in the goal of reflecting and communicating His transcendence and grace. Drawing on the rich landscape of the Anglican expression of worship as well as the broader Christian liturgical tradition, the Saint Thomas’ choirs enjoy a varied repertoire from across centuries.
The Parish Choir is a vibrant part of the community of Saint Thomas’ Church. The choir sings on Sunday mornings, as well as on other feast days and occasions, between the start of the fall school semester and Trinity Sunday. The Parish Choir is comprised of volunteers, students, and professional singers, from high-school age upward.
Saint Thomas’ Choristers is run by Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church as an affiliate program of the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCM-A). In the tradition developed over many centuries in the Anglican communion, young choristers are
taught singing, sight-reading, theology, liturgy, professionalism, and teamwork. They become leaders in worship and gain confidence in their musicianship.
Choristers sing alongside adults as equals, and also offer music by themselves. This group includes grades 3-6, with further choral opportunities for older ages, such as the inclusion of a Choral Scholar program for high schoolers within the Parish Choir. The Choristers sing in services approximately twice a month, forming a regular part of the parish’s worship life.