The music programs at St. David’s offer opportunities for children, youth, and adults (ages 4 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 all 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! Primary (age 4 – grade 1) and Children’s Choirs (grades 2-5) and Youth Choir (grades 6-12) are meeting on Wednesday evenings. The Adult Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings.
Primary, Children’s & Youth Choirs
Primary Choir (Age 4 – Grade 1)
This program starts with singing and rhythm instruments with Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg Whitelock and ends with a Formation (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)
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.
Children’s Choir (Grades 2-5)
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.
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.
A Recent Choir Anthem
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 or to join the Adult Choir, contact Dr. Clair Rozier.
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Dr. Clair Rozier
Director of Music
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Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg Whitelock
Associate Director of Music
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