Music at SsAM

 St. Cecilia Girls' Choir just before the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service on May 3, 2015.
St. Cecilia Choir for Girls  just before the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service on May 3, 2015. Click here or the image to see it much larger in a new window. The St. Cecilia Choir for Girls is open to advanced treble girls from grades 5 through young adult.  Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 6:15 – 8:15 p.m. and the choir sing once a month in church with the Adult Choir, as well as occasional Evensongs and concerts.  Those who are interested (or their parents) should contact David Christopher, Director of Music through the SsAM office. Click the color image of these young women in front of the altar to see it much larger in a new window.

NEW ORGAN

PHOTOS: The Dedication of the Katherine Esterly Organ, February 19, 2017.

An Overview of the SsAM Music Ministry

Please check out the sub menus above for more detail on each area of ministry.

The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, SsAM, Gospel Procession, Wilmington, DelawareSsAM has a rich and diverse music ministry that reflects the mission and vision of the parish as well as the personality of the congregation.  Although strongly rooted in the Anglican tradition, music at SsAM frequently includes Negro Spirituals, World Music, Chant, Gospel, Drumming and the full spectrum of classical music from Renaissance to Contemporary.

At SsAM, we view the primary musical ensemble as THE CONGREGATION!  Many who come to visit are impressed with the enthusiasm and beauty with which the SsAM congregation sings.  On most Sundays, being in the congregation is like being in the midst of a choir.  Not only does the congregation sing in parts, but they frequently sing a cappella (unaccompanied), psalms in Anglican chant, and sometimes in other languages.

SsAM Adult Choir, David Christopher, Organist, Music DirectorNot only does the congregation sing beautifully, but their commitment to musical excellence is demonstrated by the fact that since the beginning of the parish in 1996, the main parish liturgy has been led by a professional-caliber choir of highly skilled volunteer singers with a core of professional singers (called the Choral Scholars).  The SsAM Adult Choir and Choral Scholars can be heard most Sundays at the 10:30 a.m. service and at special feast days and choral services throughout the year.

SsAM Treble ChoirSsAM is currently in the process of expanding it’s choral program for young folks.  Beginning with a Children’s Choir that sings periodically in church, SsAM also has a graded choral program for children and youth based on the RSCM curriculum.  The Chorister Training Program is quite extensive and involves learning how to read music as well as learning a wide range of choral music of diverse styles.  More advanced choristers have an opportunity to sing frequently in worship, either in collaboration with the SsAM Adult Choir, or alone as a separate ensemble.

Jonathan Whitney, Artist-In-Residence, SsAMFor those who prefer the “rhythmic” approach to music making, the SsAM Drumming Circle, let by our Artist-In-Residence Jonathan Whitney is an exciting and inspiring way to participate in the musical life of the parish.  Performing frequently in the community as well as in liturgy at SsAM, the drumming circle becomes a spiritual practice that transcends barriers of both culture and age.

To explore music at SsAM in greater detail, click on one of the following links.

MUSIC AND LITURGICAL DESIGN – This document articulates our approach to liturgical design and our philosophy with regard to music within the context of worship.

CHOIRS AT SsAM – Learn more about each of the choral ensembles of the parish.

THE SsAM CHORAL SCHOLARS – Learn more about our professional choral ensemble.  Individual bios of each singer are included.

THE SsAM DRUMMING CIRCLE – Learn about this special ministry that unites folks of all ages and cultural backgrounds through rhythm and community!!!

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE at SsAM – Learn how our parish has developed relationships with individuals and ensembles that enrich our parish as well as the community.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT – Learn more about this annual tradition on Christmas Eve.

ORGAN RENOVATION PROJECT – Learn about the project to renovate our church’s pipe organ.

DAVID CHRISTOPHER – Organist, Director of Music and Associate for Liturgy