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The Choirs of St. Columba's

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 11:15 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 9:00 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)