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Music for Worship
We are blessed to have beautiful acoustics, a light and airy space, comfortable seating and a fabulous pipe organ at Redeemer: perfect pre-requisites for a blossoming music program.
The primary focus of our music-making is to prepare and perform music to the best of our abilities, thereby employing our God-given talents to join with the many skills of many others to bring musical beauty, and a choral community, to our worship.
It is said that ‘music reaches parts that other modes of expression do not,’ and that ‘singing is praying twice’ – so thus, as musicians, we invest time prior to worship in rehearsal, to continue to improve how we communicate the gospel to others in song, working alongside and in support of the spoken word.
Parishioners of all ages participate in weekly rehearsals, where the focus is on our sung 10:30 am service, with special liturgies on Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany seasons.
The music program also serves as a valuable tool for outreach to the local community, the diocese, and beyond. This past summer, the adult choir took a pilgrimage to Bristol, England, where it sang Sunday worship in the church of St Mary Redcliffe and was the choir in residence for a whole week at Bristol Cathedral.
Adult Choir – Rehearsals on Thursday evenings (7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.).
Feel free to drop in to experience a rehearsal.
Choristers (Youth Choir) – Rehearsals on Wednesday afternoons (4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.)
Our Taizé Ensemble joins the choir in leading our 10:30 worship every third Sunday of the month, which is our regular healing service. The ensemble is an ideal opportunity for instrumentalists to meet, rehearse and perform together in a style that, like jazz, is based on improvisation.
Glen Echo Singers
This fall we are starting a non-audition community choir that will bring music to people who cannot come to a service or concert. We will draw our music from America’s rich and diverse repertoire, including songs from the 40s and 50s, spirituals, folk songs, and take it out to assisted living, care homes and hospitals in what we describe as “secular caroling”. (We will also be caroling at Christmas!)
Glen Echo Singers – Rehearsals at St Dunstan’s on Wednesday evenings (7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.).
You may join at any point during the season.
“Music at Redeemer”
Begun in the fall of 2005, the Music at Redeemer series is one of the key outreach activities of the parish, and consists of concerts by visiting musicians, and liturgical offerings. For centuries, the church has played a vital role in the cultivation and promotion of artistic endeavors, and a place of sanctuary and peace to weary travelers. Everyone is welcome to escape from the world for an hour or so, and join us for a wine and cheese reception (check the website for whether it is a post- or pre-reception.).
This season we are doing two combined liturgies with Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church.
On Veteran’s Day (at Redeemer), we are performing ‘For the Fallen’ a centennial commemoration for Armistice, the ceasefire at the end of WW1.
On Good Friday 2019, our evening liturgy will be JS Bach’s St John Passion, (held at Bradley Hills).
Registration for Music at Redeemer Events is online, at musicatredeemer.org. You may also get your ticket at the door, but booking in advance, even for events that are free admission, helps us plan.
Free parking is available on the streets surrounding the church. Our accessible entrance is on the Dunrobbin side of the church.
The series is underwritten though ticket sales and by Friends of Music at Redeemer.
The church is also available for events and recording. For more information contact Music Director, Geoffrey Silver.