Music

Music

Music at Nativity Cathedral is intentionally diverse with many opportunities for being involved with music-making. There are also many ways to experience, listen to, and absorb great music of the Church.

The Cathedral Choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings 7-9 p.m. September through May to prepare and sing significant choral literature, much of it drawn from the rich Anglican tradition. This represents music that upholds and strengthens the great Liturgies of the Cathedral and Diocese throughout the year, and includes music that is ancient, recently composed, or somewhere in between. Singers, mostly volunteer and skilled musicians, come from varied life journeys. They devote a number of hours learning many, many notes, and as with all dedicated musicians, members of the choir enjoy being challenged to improve their singing skills so the music always sounds its very best. If you are interested in singing with this choir, please contact Stephen Williams (610-865-0727 x303) or send along an email to set up an audition or make a date to observe a rehearsal or two.

Services of Choral Evensong are held during the church year, and always highlight significant music sung by the Cathedral Choir. Consult the church calendar for information about these beautiful evening liturgies, and, if interested in singing with the choir, contact the Director of Music directly.

For “321 Contact Worship” services of Holy Eucharist, there are Worship Ensembles that include many gifted vocalists and instrumentalists from the congregation. Pianists, guitarists, flutists, oboists, trumpeters and trombonists, and a variety of vocalists of all ages have found their way into this musical offering and experience. Those interested in participating are asked to contact the Church Office or the Music Office.

The Cathedral Girls’ Choir is an ensemble of beautifully gifted and skilled teen girls who rehearse and sing on a flexible schedule, and often sing for festive seasons or occasions. Another occasional ensemble is the Hand-Chime Choir. Those interested in participating with these groups are encouraged to contact the Church Office, Music Office or Director of Music Ministries.

Musical events that seem to have become annual at the Cathedral include beautiful services of Lessons and Carols for both Advent and Christmas are offered during the weeks prior to Christmas.

Cathedral Arts is a series of musical offerings during the year that intentionally highlight fine artists or ensembles in a concert setting. Please mark your calendar, and try to attend these wonderful offerings. Upcoming musical events are:

October 13, 7:30 p.m. Bricolage Project and the Chivalrous Crickets sing about “The French Connection” – Scottishand French Renaissance choral works, folk music, and lute song all based on the popular Renaissance song “L’homme armé” (The Armed Man)

October 21, 4 p.m. Violin and Piano
Violinist Timothy Schwarz and pianist Charles Abramovic, both exemplary musicians, offer works of Biber, Corigliano, Brahms, Gershwin/Heifitz.

November 1, 7:30 p.m. A Concert of Remembrance
The Cathedral Choir and Friends sing Fauré’s beloved Requiem along with various anthems on All Saints Day.

December 2, 5 p.m. Advent Lessons and Carols
“From Darkness to Light” A bi-directional look back at the great events of our salvation culminating in Christmas, and a look forward to the fullness of the Incarnation and all that is to come – all readings and music.

December 25, 3 p.m. Organ Noëls
Cathedral Organist Stephen Williams plays an offering of Christmas music for the organ including the delightful French Noels.  An annual gift to our community!

December 30, 5 p.m. Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Cathedral Choir and Friends – Similar to the Lessons and Carols service of  King’s College. Choral music from ancient to 21st century, punctuated by harp and flute. All readings and music!

 

An Organ Birthday Recital Series – 20th Anniversary!

January 20, 4 p.m. Robert McCormick
From St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, this extremely gifted organist and improviser plays the first of four concerts celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Austin Organ at the Cathedral.

March 17, 4 p.m. Erik and Anna Meyer
From St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, Erik is a well-established composer and performer. Anna is a masterful flutist who will receive her DMA from Temple University in a few short weeks. This second concert in our series of concerts celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Austin Organ and will include recent compositions by Erik Meyer.

April 28, 4 p.m. Neil Harmon
Recently appointed Professor of Organ at Brigham Young University, Dr. Harmon’s delightful and accessible compositions for organ are well-known among organists. He will play the third in our series of concerts celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Cathedral Organ. The program will include a number of his own compositions.

May 19, 4 p.m. Stephen Williams
The Cathedral Organist will play the fourth in our series of Organ Birthday concerts. The program will include some favorite voluntaries of the Cathedral and a few over-the-top toccatas and flourishes.

 

Choral Evensong
Nov 18, 5 p.m.   Thanksgiving Evensong
Feb 17, 5 p.m.    (followed by Spaghetti supper)
Mar 10, 5 p.m.   Lenten Evensong
May 30, 7 p.m.  Ascension Day (Thursday)

Compline  First Wednesdays of the month at 9 p.m.
October 3
November 7
December 5
February 6
April 3
May 1

Advent and Christmas

Dec 2     5 p.m.    Advent Lessons and Carols
Dec 23   10:30 a.m.  Church School Pageant
Dec 24   5 p.m.    Christmas Eve Family Eucharist
10 p.m.   Christmas Music Prelude
10:30 p.m.  Candlelight Eucharist
Dec 25  10 a.m.  Choral Eucharist
3 p.m Organ Noëls

 

 

Stephen Williams is Director of Music Ministries and Organist and is enthusiastic about helping grow a ministry of music that is inviting and inclusive of this congregation’s many gifts of music and the arts. Formal study includes Brevard College, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, The Juilliard School, and West Chester University. He works to expand and incorporate a variety of fine music and musicians into our liturgies, and continues to build upon the tradition of the Cathedral Arts as a ministry inside and outside our community. His door and mind is always open to thoughtful opinions and ideas, so please feel free to discuss with him anything to do with music at the Cathedral and beyond.

Cathedral Organ

The cathedral possesses a magnificent organ built by the Austin Organ Company in 1998, and is designed to accompany the Anglican liturgy and ably perform the major schools of organ literature.  It was dedicated on January 10, 1999.

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