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:

Friday, June 16, 8 pm
Bach’s Complete Organ Works BONUS concert, #19!
Favorite pieces of J. S. Bach transcribed for the organ

Sunday, July 23, 10 am
Choral Eucharist
Mozart’s Missa brevis, K 140
Choir from Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville, Pa

Sunday, September 24, 3 pm
LYRA Russian Vocal Ensemble from St. Petersburg

 

October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Hill-to-Hill Brass Quintet: The Cathedral’s ‘Ensemble-in-Residence’ will play a concert performing classic works for brass ensemble. Don Hughes, Greg Seifert, Derek Foster, Michael Damiani, and Phil Ioanna will also team up with organist Stephen Williams for a few triumphant pieces for that thrilling combination of sounds.

November 3, 7:30 p.m.
Schumann String Quartet: The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem presents this extraordinary group of musicians in a concert that will be memorable.
Tickets $27 available at the door. www.cmsob.org

December 17, 4 p.m.
Lehigh Valley Chorale Christmas Concert
We welcome this new choral ensemble directed by Ed Milisits as they offer a wide range of Christmas music including Daniel Pinkham’s ‘Christmas Cantata’

December 19, 7 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.

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!

January 12, 7:30 p.m.
Simon Johnson, organist 
Organist at St. Paul’s in London, one of the most versatile musicians in England. This celebrity concert co-sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  www.simonjohnsonmusician.com

February 24, 7:30 p.m.
Essence of Joy Gospel Choir from Penn State University

 

April 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Westminster Concert Bell Choir from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ conducted by Kathleen Ebling Shaw. Celebrating their 40th anniversary. They play 8 octaves of handbells, the largest range in the world!

May 20, 4 p.m.
Cathedral Choir Spring Concert
The 3rd annual of choral music drawn from favorites that were sung throughout the year. A great review of some beautifully crafted works from the Renaissance to the present. One of our favorite concerts!

 

Choral Evensong
Oct 1, 5 p.m.       Choir from Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville
Feb 18, 5 p.m.    (followed by Spaghetti supper)
Mar 11, 5 p.m.   Lenten Evensong
May 10, 7 p.m.  Ascension Day (Thursday)

Compline  First Wednesdays of the month at 9 p.m.
October 4
November 1
December 6
February 7
March 7
April 4
May 2
June 6

 Advent and Christmas

December 3, 5 p.m. Advent Lessons and Carols

December 17, 10:30 a.m. Church School Pageant

December 24
8 & 10:30 a.m. Advent Eucharist
5 p.m.  Christmas Eve Family Eucharist
10 p.m. Christmas Music Prelude
10:30 p.m. Candlelight Eucharist

December 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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Celtic Spirituality details or email:  Dean Tony Pompa

 

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