Choirs

"I will sing with the spirit and with the understanding also."


Adult Choir

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Kevin Kerstetter, Conductor
Brock Downward, Assistant Organist

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m.

St. Michael’s Adult Choir is a dedicated, skilled and diverse group of singers.  The choir sings for the main Eucharist each Sunday, in addition to singing Choral Evensong, concerts and other seasonal liturgies. Singing a broad range of sacred choral music from the Renaissance to the finest works of modern composers, the choir enjoys a special emphasis on music from the English cathedral tradition.  

Singing in the Adult Choir requires good music reading skills and a voice that blends well with others.  The choir goes on a weekend retreat each fall for focused work on music for Advent and Christmas.

Repertoire
Includes works by Archer, Bach, Bainton, Bairstow, Brewer, Britten, Bruckner, Byrd, Darke, Dering, Duruflé, Dyson, Elgar, Farrant, Fauré, Finzi, Friedell, Gibbons, Greene, Handel, Harris, Howells, Ives, Jackson, Lauridsen, Leighton, Locklair, Lole, Mathias, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, Mozart, Neary, Noble, Palestrina, Paulus, Pinkham, Purcell, Stanford, Stravinsky, Tallis, Tavener, Tye, Vaughan Williams, Victoria, Wesley, Whitlock, Willcocks, Wood and many others. The choir’s repertoire of larger works includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Rutter’s Gloria, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Handel’s Messiah, Bach's Cantata 80 - in feste Burg ist unser Gott, Finzi's In terra pax, and the Requiems of Duruflé, Mozart, Fauré, and Rutter.  


St. Gregory Boychoir

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Kevin Kerstetter, Conductor

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

The St. Gregory Boychoir offers boys in grades 3-8 the opportunity to use their remarkable treble voices, singing music composed with the boy's unique, clear sound in mind.  They learn essential vocal and music reading skills and have a marvelous time being part of this entirely worthwhile endeavor.  Many of the boys are also involved in sports or play a musical instrument.  This once-in-a-lifetime musical experience for boy trebles.

The Boychoir sings traditional treble repertoire as well as four-part music for men and boys.  They also sing with the St. Cecilia and Adult Choirs.

Well over 100 boys, girls and teens sing in one of St. Michael's choirs.  Each choir is led by an experienced, trained musician dedicated to training our children to offer their best musical gifts to God.


St. Cecelia Girls Choir & Teen Boys

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Kevin Kerstetter, Conductor

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

Girls in grades 6-12 have gained considerable skill as choristers, reading music and singing as well as any adult.  The music that they sing is challenging and rewarding.  Creating something of uncommon beauty and offering it to God in worship requires hard work, but is enormously fun!  

Our girls sing during the 9:30 a.m. Eucharist during the school year.  On occasion, they also sing with the adults and offer Choral Evensong.  Teen boys with changed voices sing with the Boychoir, Girls Choir and adults.  

Choristers are encouraged to attend one of the outstanding week-long Royal School of Church Music courses during the summer.


Canterbury Girls Choir

Katie Miller, Conductor

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

Girls in grades 3-5 make a beautiful sound when they sing during 9:30 a.m. services.  Guided by the Voice for Life chorister training program, they develop their music reading and singing skills in significant ways.  The girls have a sense of commitment to their important role in worship, and become intelligent musicians while having a wonderful time working together to sing lovely music.


Beckwith Choir

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Boys and girls in grades 1 & 2

Melissa Raley, Conductor

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

Boys and girls in grades 1 & 2 develop their singing voices in a fun, educational rehearsal setting that prepares them well for the St. Gregory Boychoir or Canterbury Girls Choir.  They sing several times during the choir season, and occasionally ring handbells.  The Beckwith Choir is a lively group of young choristers with an eagerness to offer their very best music in worship.


All Angels Choir

Children ages 4 & 5
(Children must be 4 years of age by August 31 to sing in the All Angels Choir.)

Kim Cadwallader, Conductor

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

Our youngest boys and girls (4 & 5 years of age) begin their choir training in the All Angels Choir.  Although they are young, they do some impressive singing several times each season. They focus on working together, matching pitch, experiencing rhythm, and singing traditional hymns.  Children music be 4 years of age by August 31 to sing in the All Angels Choir.