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The St. Columba's Choir and Choristers following Evensong at the Cathedral of St. Philip on March 19, 2017.The St. Columba’s Choir (10th grade through adult) sings at the 10:30 Mass each Sunday from the Feast of the Assumption (mid-August) through the Feast of St. Columba (mid-June) and rehearses on Thursdays at 7:00 pm. The Choir also provides music for the All Souls’ Requiem, Advent Lessons and Carols, the Christmas Eve Festival Prelude and Solemn Mass of the Nativity, the Solemn Masses on Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday, the Good Friday Liturgy, the Great Vigil of Easter, and the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses on Easter Day. The Office of Solemn Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and choral settings of the Mass Ordinary are offered on an occasional basis. The Choir has also sung several Evensongs and Diocesan Confimation Masses at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The Choir’s repertoire ranges from ancient Gregorian chant to recent compositions. For the 2018-2019 season, the Choir has openings for volunteer singers of all voice parts as well as soprano, tenor, and bass staff singers/section leaders. Interested singers may contact the Director of Music and Liturgy for more information.

The St. Columba’s Choristers (2nd grade through 9th grade) sing at the 10:30 Mass most weeks from the Sunday after Labor Day through the end of the school year. They also sing for the 8:00 Mass on Christmas Eve and both the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses on Easter Day. The Choristers rehearse on Wednesday afternoons from 5:15 to 6:45, and their rehearsals stress musical and liturgical literacy in addition to preparing music for Mass. The framework for the Chorister Program is the Voice for Life curriculum from the Royal School of Church Music. The Choristers regularly join the St. Columba's Choir for liturgies such as Advent Lessons and Carols, Solemn Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and Diocesan Confirmation Masses. New singers are warmly welcomed.


Music List

August 12, 2018: The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns: 7, 581, 429, 344

Voluntaries: Praeludium in C Major, BuxWV 137 (Buxtehude), Fugue in C Major (Pachelbel), Prelude in F Major, Op. 101, No. 4 (Stanford), Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BuxWV 221 (Buxtehude)


August 19, 2018: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Hymns: 269, 232, 278, 263, 618
Ordinary:  A Simple Communion Service in F (Harris)
Anthems:  Virgin-Born, We Bow Before Thee (Waters); Ave Maria (attr. Arcadelt)
Voluntaries:  Suite gothique, Op. 25: III. Prière à Notre Dame and IV. Toccata (Boëllmann)


August 26, 2018: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns:  408, 551, 632, 626, 633, 530

Anthem:  Verily, Verily I Say unto You (Tallis)

Voluntaries:  Annum per annum (Pärt), Sonata in C minor, Op. 65, No. 2: III. Allegro maestoso e vivace (Mendelssohn)


September 2, 2018: The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns:  477, 707, 249, 574, 641, 423

Anthem:  Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him (Beaudrot)

Voluntaries:  Esquisses Byzantines: III. Rosace (Mulet), Suite du deuxième ton: Caprice sur les grands jeux (Clérambault)


September 9, 2018: The Fifteenth Anniversary of the Founding of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church

Hymns:  518, 524, All for Jesus! All for Jesus!, 519, 522, 625

Gradual:  Teach Me, O Lord (Psalm 119:33-38, 40) (Hurd)

Anthem:  Locus iste (Bruckner)

Solemn Te Deum:  Te Deum laudamus in B Flat (Stanford)

Voluntaries:  Fanfare (Cook), Fanfare (Lemmens)


September 16, 2018: The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns:  427, 628, 474, 456, 306, 432

Anthem: True Anointed One (White) 

Voluntaries:  Symphonie gothique, Op. 70: II. Andante sostenuto (Widor), Postlude (West)


September 23, 2018: The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns:  366, 656, 448, 13, 670, 390

Anthem:  Strengthen for Service, Lord, the Hands (Willan)

Voluntaries:  Andante moderato in C minor (Bridge), Paean (Moore)


September 30, 2018: The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns:  552, 635, 709, 609, 309, 344

Anthem:  Ah, Thou Poor World, Op. 110, No. 2 (Brahms)

Voluntaries:  Rubrics: A Liturgical Suite for Organ: 4. “The Peace May Be Exchanged” (Locklair), Festival Postlude (Harris)


October 7, 2018: The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns:  427, 483, 397, 19, 313, 376

Anthem:  Not Unto Us, O Lord (Walmisley)

Voluntaries:  Benedictus (Rowley), Tuba Tune in D Major, Op. 15 (Lang)


October 14, 2018: The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns:  680, 488, 475, 701, 601, 559

Anthem:  O for a Closer Walk with God (Stanford)

Voluntaries:  Trio Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529: I. Allegro and III. Allegro (Bach)


October 21, 2018: The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns:  1, 478, 495, 590, 426, 492 

Anthem:  Christus factus est (Anerio)

Voluntaries:  Psalm Prelude, Op. 32, No. 1 (Howells), Grand Chœur (Salomé)


October 28, 2018: The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns:  410, 493, 429, 302, 567, 535

Anthem:  Cantate Domino (Pitoni)

Voluntaries:  24 Pièces en style libre, Op. 31: 19. Berceuse (Vierne), French Sketches, Op. 19: IV. Sortie (Weidner)


November 4, 2018: The Feast of All Saints

Hymns:  287, 279, 286, 253, 624, 625

Ordinary: Communion Service in E (Collegium Regale) (Darke)

Anthem:  Holy Is the True Light (Harris)

Voluntaries:  Praeludium in C Major (Böhm), Le Tombeau de Titelouze, Op. 38: XVI. Placare Christe servulis (Dupré)


November 7, 2018: The Commemoration of All Faithful Departed

Hymns:  358, 357, 356, 355

Ordinary: Missa pro defunctis (Plainsong)

Anthem:  Never Weather-Beaten Sail (Wood)

Voluntaries:  Elf Choralvorspiele, Op. 122: III. O Welt ich muß dich lassen and VI. O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen (Brahms), Voluntary on the Doxology (Purcell)


November 11, 2018: The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns:  705, 656, 686, 307, 594

Anthem:  Eternal God (Shephard)

Voluntaries:  Prelude on Rhosymedre (Vaughan Williams), Allegro moderato (Brooksbank)


November 18, 2018: The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Hymns:  632, 628, 598, 665, 290

Anthem:  Ave verum corpus, Op. 2, No. 1 (Elgar)

Voluntaries:  White Note Paraphrase (MacMillan), Six Pieces: III. [Aria] (Howells), Choral-Improvisationen für Orgel, Op. 65: 59. Nun danket alle Gott (Karg-Elert)


November 25, 2018: The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

Hymns:  450, 483, 494, 324, 544

Anthem:  King of Glory (Candlyn)

Voluntaries:  Variations on Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (Sweelinck), Praeludium in C Major, BWV 567 (Bach)


December 2, 2018: The First Sunday of Advent

Hymns:  66, 615, 57, 61, 596

Anthem:  E’en So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come (Manz)

Voluntaries:  Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (Bach), Toccata on Veni Emmanuel (Carter)


December 9, 2018: The Second Sunday of Advent

Hymns:  67, 65, 232, 63, 53, 436

Anthem:  Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth (Schweizer)

Voluntaries:  Prelude and Fantasia in the Eighth Mode (Bull), Festival Voluntary (Peeters)


December 16, 2018: The Third Sunday of Advent

Hymns:  59, 68, 76, 481, 640, 72

Anthem:  Creator of the Stars of Night (Ryan) 

Voluntaries:  Rorate caeli (Choral orné) (Demessieux), O Antiphon Preludes: 1. O Sapientia (Muhly), Organ Book: X. Pasticcio (Langlais)


December 23, 2018: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Hymns:  56, 54, 269, 263, 267, 66

Anthem:  There is no rose (Near)

Voluntaries:  Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 and BWV 661 (Bach)


December 24, 2018: The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ 

10:30 pm: The Festal Prelude

Hymns:  88, 115, 80

Anthem:  The Holly and the Ivy (arr. Jacques), The Shepherds’ Farewell (Berlioz), Sussex Carol (arr. Willcocks), Good King Wenceslas (arr. Jacques), I Wonder as I Wander (Rütti)


11:00 pm: The Solemn Mass of the Nativity

Hymns:  83, 100, 109, 111, 87

Ordinary:  Office of the Holy Communion in C (Ireland)

Anthem:  Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen (Cashmore)

Voluntary:  Postlude on Mendelssohn (Willcocks)