About Music at St. George's
Music is a vital component of the life of St. George’s. With our fine acoustics and well-equipped Ingram Music Suite, we have excellent resources, and the parish has a long tradition of the finest in Anglican church music. Previous directors include Sam Batt Owens, Scott Withrow, Gregg Colson, Wilma Jensen, now Organist/Choirmaster emerita, Murray Somerville, and Mark Ring.
St. George’s Director of Music Ministries, Nancy Reiser, and Associate Director of Music/Organist Gerry Senechal continue the tradition of high quality music as they lead the Choirs of St. George’s and numerous guest artists in our worship and special programs throughout the year. Our choirs have a deep commitment to the interactive nature of liturgical worship and take seriously the weekly opportunity “to guide, to strengthen, and to cheer” (hymns 448/449, st.5) worshippers at St. George’s. We treasure the Episcopal liturgy which places music so prominently in the heart of corporate worship, and we want to share this music and this liturgy with all who come here.
For the Church of which we are part in all the world;
for our life together in Christ;
for those who lead and serve her never-silent voice of prayer:
that the strain of praise may never die away,
let us pray to the Lord.
-The Rev. David Sudron, Succentor, Durham Cathedral
The St. George’s Choir is comprised of adults skilled in singing a demanding Anglican choral repertoire and committed to maintaining an active calendar. Regular Choral Evensong, Lessons and Carols in Advent, and periodic concerts punctuate life at the parish with depth and vitality. The Choir is a thoroughly collegial ensemble; its members enjoy and value being part of it.
In addition to our adult choir, we have opportunities for students to sing with us through two choirs. St. Dunstan’s Choir for first and second graders helps prepare young singers for the Chorister program once they reach third grade. The Choristers of St. George’s are 3rd-12th grade singers who glorify God in worship through the beautiful music of the Anglican tradition. St. George’s is a member of the Royal School of Church Music, and as a regular part of musical training, the Choristers work towards ribbons representing levels of achievement in the RSCM Training Scheme. For more information about our Youth & Children’s Choirs, click here.
If you have questions about the Music Programs at St. George's, please contact Kim Messer, Music Librarian & Administrator at 615-385-2150 x 253.