St. David’s Music Ministry

“Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!”

Psalm 105:2

 

The music programs at St. David’s offer opportunities for children, youth, and adults (ages 3 and up) to become involved in the life of our parish through music. Through participation in our choir program, singers and ringers have the opportunity to grow in their faith, develop musical skills, work together in a group setting and provide musical leadership for the congregation. The choirs and bell choirs rehearse weekly, lead worship on a regular basis, and participate in special services throughout the year. Many of our choirs are involved in community outreach and tour both regionally and internationally.

We are happy to announce the return to in-person choir rehearsals for the 2021-2022 program year! Beginning Wednesday, September 15th, Primary (age 4 – 1st grade) and Children’s Choirs (grades 2-5) and Youth Choir (grades 6-12) will meet Wednesday evenings. The Adult Choir will begin rehearsing Thursday, September 9th.

 Primary, Children’s & Youth Choirs

A Recent Choir Anthem

Children’s Choir (Grades 2-5)

Rehearsal:
Wednesdays
} 4:45-5:30pm

The Children’s Choir (children in grades 2 – 5) meets Wednesdays and sings at the 9:15 service about once a month. The goal of Children’s Choir is to nurture their faith through music by fostering a love of singing, learning to sing as a choir, and learning how to be a worship leader through music. Every year the Children’s Choir combines with the Primary and Youth Choirs in the annual Lessons and Carols service in December, as well as on Christmas Eve and Easter. For more information contact Dr. Clair Rozier.

Pageant Band

Rehearsal:
TBD
} TBD

The Pageant Band is open to Youth (6-12) and Adult instrumentalists. This ensemble accompanies our pageants in December and plays on All Choirs Sunday. For more information, please contact Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg Whitelock.

Primary Choir (Grades PreK-1)

Rehearsal:
Wednesdays
} 4:30-5:05pm
Christian Education:
Wednesdays
} 5:05-5:30pm

This program starts with singing and rhythm instruments with Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg Whitelock and ends with a Christian Education activity with Maria Leal. These young choristers focus on music that communicates a direct message of God’s presence and learn anthems to be sung in worship approximately four times a year. For more information please contact Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg Whitelock or Maria Leal.

Youth Choir (Grades 6-12)

Rehearsal:
Wednesdays
} 6:00pm-7:00pm
Makeup Rehearsal:
Sundays
} 11:15am-12:15pm

The youth choir sings at Sunday morning worship services and at special liturgies, including Lessons and Carols and Christmas Eve and presents a musical or talent show each year. The group is also involved in community outreach and tours both regionally and internationally having recently traveled to Scotland, England, New York City, and Orlando, Florida. Some highlights of the upcoming year include: Lessons and Carols in December, a Broadway Musical Revue in May, and a choir trip in late spring (if conditions permit). For more information, please contact Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg Whitelock.

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Adult Choirs

Adult Choir

Rehearsal:
Thursdays
} 7:15-8:45pm

The St. David’s Adult Choir, comprised of about thirty volunteers plus the support of professional singers, meets on Thursdays from 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. and sings at the 9:15 a.m. Chapel service most weeks. Evensong services are offered several times a year as well as an annual Messiah concert with orchestra in December. The choir sings a broad range of musical styles and genres from spirituals to traditional classical anthems. In 2019 the St. David’s Adult Choir traveled to Ireland to be the choir-in-residence for a week at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. Plans are beginning for a choral residency to the U.K. in 2023. Music reading is not a requirement–just the ability to match pitch. For more information contact Dr. Clair Rozier.

Locus Iste Dohnányi by Ernst von Dohnany

by St. David's Adult Choir, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

Handbell Choirs

Music plays a vital role in worship at St. David’s. There are opportunities for adults to become involved in the life of our parish through music, either by singing in a choir, participating in the Chamber choir, or performing in the Handbell Choir. We strive to offer our musical best for worship leadership every Sunday.

St. David’s Handbell Ensemble

Rehearsal:
Wednesdays
} 7:45pm-8:45pm

The St. David’s Handbell Ensemble is an intergenerational handbell choir for youth and adults that meets on Wednesdays from 7:45-8:45 pm This group participates in worship once a month and leads a special handbell service biannually. The ability to read music is recommended for this group. For more information, please contact Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg Whitelock.

SCHEDULE

Bells of St. David’s

Rehearsal:
Thursdays
} 6:15pm-7:05pm

Bells of St. David’s is an intergenerational handbell choir for youth and adults that meets on Thursdays from 6:15-7:05p.m. This group participates in worship once a month and leads a special handbell service biannually. The ability to read music is recommended for this group. For more information, please contact Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg Whitelock.

SCHEDULE

Choir Photos

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Dr. Clair Rozier

Director of Music
  • crozier@stdavidschurch.org
  • 610-688-7947 x212
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Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg Whitelock

Associate Director of Music
  • esonnenberg
    @stdavidschurch.org
  • 610-688-7947 x223
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Holly Vicki

Music Assistant
  • hvicki@stdavidschurch.org
  • 610-688-7947
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