St. George’s has a varied and rich musical history steeped in Anglican tradition and well-known for its dedication to beauty and excellence. At St. George’s, music is an integral part of worship, and the music staff is committed to enhancing our shared experience by glorifying God through music.
To learn more about participating in our Music Ministries, please contact Dr. Woosug Kang, Director of Music Ministries I 615-385-2150 x 254 or email@example.com.
In Excelsis Concert Series
Hymn Festival: Together We Sing! | Sunday, April 28, at 6:00pm in the Nave
Last year, the In Excelsis series began with a triumphant Hymn Festival as the opening program for our organ dedication series. We continue the celebration of our beautiful and thrilling Episcopal hymns as the Choir & Choristers of St. George's lead the congregation in joyful singing.
Next Compline | Sunday, February 21, at 9:15pm in the Nave
Next Choral Evensong | Sunday, March 10, at 5:00pm in the Nave
St. George's Choirs
St. George’s offers choral singing for adults, youth, and children. St. George's Choir (adults) leads traditional Sunday services at 8:45 and 11:00am in the Nave, as well as choral evensong, special services, and concerts throughout the year. The choir is comprised of both professional singers and dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to bring high-quality music and leadership to the worship experience at St. George’s.
The Choristers of St. George's (grades 3-12) use the curriculum from the Royal School of Church Music and learn music in a friendly community environment. Choristers sing regularly during Sunday morning services, choral evensong, and special concerts with our adult choir. They also participate with the adults in choral residencies.
St. Dunstan's Choir (grades 1-2) is for our youngest singers, and it gives children an education in singing technique, basic music theory, and the role that music has in the larger context of worship. St. Dunstan’s prepares students to sing with the Choristers of St. George’s when they reach 3rd grade.
Music at The Table
While traditional worship shows God’s transcendence and majesty, our modern service called The Table demonstrates God as our friend and shepherd. Music at The Table is led by Becca Jordan and other musicians, who lead the congregation in singing both traditional hymns as well modern songs. This service, which is filled with elements of our Anglican tradition, offers a special way for those new to the faith to experience worship at St. George's.
Commitment to Tradition
Educating a New Generation of Church Musicians
2024-25 AGO Organ Scholar | St. George's has been awarded the opportunity to host the American Guild of Organists's (AGO) 2024-25 Organ Scholar. Potential applicants are encouraged to learn more about the program here.
2023-24 Gerre Hancock Organ Scholar | Abraham Wallace has been awarded the 2023-24 Gerre Hancock Organ Scholarship at St. George's. Read the press release here.
Choral Scholar | Each year, we audition young singers from area universities in order to award a scholarship for one student. The choral scholar then becomes a vital part of our choir, studying the Anglican music tradition alongside staff and volunteer singers for the school year.
Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) | The Choristers of St. George's are deeply engaged with the RSCM curriculm, which provides an advanced course of study of music and liturgy. At the end of each school year, the choristers test their knowledge and skills, receiving awards to celebrate their advancement.
The following testomial is excerpted from The Shield published in December 2023.
The Choir & Choristers of St. George’s were invited to serve as Choir-in-Residence at Canterbury Cathedral, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the worldwide Anglican church. In addition to the work of leading daily evensong and Sunday services, we participated in special excursions which included Dover Castle, Leeds Castle, Windsor Castle, and the Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Being able to wake up to the cathedral outside our window, hear the bells practiced in the afternoon, and returning to the hushed grounds every night felt sacred in and of itself. We feel blessed to have made a spiritual pilgrimage together to Canterbury Cathedral—much as others did while we were there, and countless others did before us.
— Claudia & Don Padfield
Buzard Opus 48
St. George’s new pipe organ, Buzard Opus 48, was brought to life by John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders of Champaign, Illinois. This four-manual organ was fully installed and voiced in 2023, bearing 50 stops and 58 ranks, including a fully-enclosed trombone rank, the lowest pipe of which is 32-feet long. Distinctly Anglican-American in character, this instrument was designed primarily to support worship in the Anglican tradition; however, its diverse and colorful stoplist allows it to beautifully render music of all periods. Opus 48 features an unusually high proportion of larger and longer pipes, resulting in a noticeable depth and fullness of sound. This magnificent organ serves St. George’s in worship and also delights the greater community at concert events.