The SsAM Adult Choir
The SsAM Choir is the main parish choir consisting of 20-25 singers with a core of eight professional staff singers (The SsAM Collegium). The SsAM Choir sings regularly at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy as well as for special feast days and occasional concerts. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Membership in the choir is open to members of the parish as well as singers from the community. Because of the difficulty level of the repertoire as well as the choir’s rigorous performing schedule, strong music reading skills are necessary. To inquire about singing with the SsAM Choir, contact the church office at 302-656-6628 or via the e-mail link below.
The SsAM Collegium
Consisting of SsAM’s eight professional staff singers, the SsAM Collegium supports the singing of the parish choir and occasionally performs separately in concerts and special liturgies. In addition to singing frequently in the context of liturgy, the SsAM Collegium performs throughout the community. Click here for photos and bios of each of the singers.
The Chorister Training Program
The SsAM Chorister Training Program is a multifaceted program for children in 3rd grade through young adults that involves learning how to read music as well as learning and performing a wide range of choral music of diverse styles. Choristers receive private and group musical training and participate in liturgies at SsAM based on their level of experience and musical skill. The Advanced Treble Choristers rehearse on Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and sing frequently in worship, either in collaboration with the SsAM Adult Choir, or alone as a separate ensemble. The Junior Choristers rehearse following the Sunday service (12:00-12:45 p.m.) and sing periodically in worship. The program is free and open to singers from the parish as well as from the community. Choristers do not need to be Episcopalian or members of the parish. Interested singers or their parents should contact David Christopher, Director of Music through the church office.
The SsAM Junior Choir
The SsAM Junior Choir introduces the youngest singers to the experience of singing in a choir. It is a musical experience for children that are too young to participate in the Chorister Training Program, or are interested in a less formal approach. Rehearsals are held after church 12:00-12:35 p.m. and focuses on finding their singing voice, developing their “musical ear” and learning basic songs. The Junior Choir will sing an anthem in church periodically.
The Chapel Choir
The Chapel Choir is comprised of the children who attend Children’s Chapel. Each Sunday in Children’s Chapel, the children begin with an opening devotion followed by a time of singing. Periodically, the children share one of their songs with the SsAM Congregation.
A community based Ensemble-In-Residence at SsAM, Delaware ChoralArts serves the greater Wilmington area by enriching the community through excellent and inspiring performances of great choral literature; supporting its talented and dedicated membership with professional skill and leadership; and nurturing the art of choral music through scholarships, commissions and showcases. Known for its expressive singing, varied and diverse programming, and its ability to produce a thrilling “wall of sound,” Delaware ChoralArts (DCA) has brought a rich palate of choral music to the region since its beginnings in 1984.
In addition to having sung with many orchestras from the region, DCA first performed with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in the summer of 2009 as part of the City of Wilmington’s 4th of July Celebration in the Tubman-Garrett Park on Wilmington’s Riverfront, followed by a collaborative performance of the Brahms Requiem in the spring of 2012. DCA strives to nurture and develop young people’s appreciation of the choral art through its competition for young composers and now through its “side-by-side” collaboration with high school students as well as its frequent collaboration with the Wilmington Children’s Chorus. DCA is run by a dedicated Board of Directors made up of members of the chorale along with support from members of the community who serve in an advisory capacity.
Funding for DCA comes from a number of sources including generous grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts and The Dupont Company, a growing number of enthusiastic Patrons, fund raising projects and ticket and ad sales.
To learn more about Delaware ChoralArts, please visit www.DelawareChoralArts.org