Music at St. James's
Pat Michaels, Minister of Music
Music serves as a significant expression of our praise to God and our ministry to one another. Alongside traditional church hymnody, we incorporate music from several different traditions into our worship service. In the last year, we surveyed several Christian hymn traditions: Asian, Hispanic, Celtic, and African. We draw upon the diverse cultural history and original material of our parishioners.
Our adult choir is seeking new members. All singers are welcome; no previous experience required. As well as processionals and communion hymns, we perform a weekly anthem. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:30 pm in the Sanctuary.
The Gospel Schola Youth Choir includes members grades 7-12. Rehearsals are Sundays from 8:30-9:15 am in our Parish Offices at 2161 Massachusetts Ave.
The Greenleaf Choir features our singers from grades two through six. Rehearsals are held on Friday afternoons from 4:00-4:45 pm in the Sanctuary.
Jann Aldredge Clanton is a poet with many published hymn texts to her credit. She has a keen interest in female imagery for God. A member of the Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada and a colleague of Pat's, she invited him to respond to a questionnaire and then she organized his responses into this article on her blog.
Sounds of St. James's
From Sunday morning worship:
As well as from a parish performance of "Amahl and the Night Visitors":