About Music Ministry
The Music Ministry at St. Michael’s is a strong and vital part of the life of the church. It incorporates individualized vocal training, choir retreats, outreach to other communities both local and abroad and a sense of true ministry to all in leading and inspiring our worship together of Almighty God. The choir has sung in the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., and in several Cathedrals in England, including Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s. Entrance into all groups, except Angels Choir, is by a simple audition. The Music Department year generally runs from the first Sunday in September through the second Sunday in June.
Choirs and Musical Groups
The music program at St. Michael’s comprises four singing groups (hopefully a 5th might be added at some point for the 6 pm Service), and two instrumental groups. The program is directed by Andrew Walker, B.Mus. He received his training at Portsmouth Cathedral and London University.
A committed group of singers who rehearse once a week for two hours and sing each Sunday during the Music Dept. year. Two-day Workshops are held twice a year.
A group of children, boys and girls together, aged second grade (good readers) thru middle school. The choir rehearses once a week, sings each Sunday of the Dept. year, and also sings the service of Evensong one Wednesday of each month, Sept. thru May. Private training is offered to each member using an adaptation of the Voice for Life Training Scheme of the Royal School of Church Music. Two-day Workshops are organized for this choir twice a year as well.
A select group of singers taken from the Adult Choir. Entrance is by a further, more demanding audition. The group sings mainly “a cappella” music of the 16th, 17th, and 20th centuries. They rehearse once a week, and sing once or twice a month at the 10:15 Service.
A choir for children aged birth thru first grade. They rehearse once a week for half an hour, and sing once a month in church before a Sunday Service. The accent is on the fun and enjoyment of singing together.
Open to all members of the parish of all ages, who can, at the minimum read and “one finger” a melody on a keyboard.
For any parishioner for whom the 6 PM Service is their normal service to attend, if they would like to take more of a “leadership” role in this service in regards to music, the goal is to build a small group of 2-4 singers to assist in leading the singing.
St. Michael’s Band
We are always looking for folks who can play guitar (regular or bass), percussion, or other instrument (flute, trumpet, saxophone, etc.) for the occasional playing at the 10:15 am Service, and for more regular playing at the 6:00 pm.
This group was put together to provide additional instrumental sounds for special services and festivals. Using a standard Yamaha type electronic keyboard, and players who, whilst they may not be able to play two hands at once, do have the skills to play ONE hand, we have been able to produce a brass quartet and timpani, a string quartet, and there is the potential to have a wind quintet, plus whatever other acceptable sounds there are on the keyboards. It is another opportunity for members of the parish who may have had a little piano training in their youth, to experience the joy of making music with others.