Music at St. Mary’s is a vital component of our 10 am Sunday service as it not only enriches, but also illuminates our worship experience. The weekly selections are relevant to the liturgical season and are built around the talents of our choir and our magnificent Austin pipe organ. Our music is drawn primarily from the 1982 Hymnal. In addition to the organ, we have two Steinway pianos, a grand in the Nave and an upright in the choir room, as well as a six bell English Carillon to enhance this ministry. Our music program is led by Jimrae Lenser, Director of Music/Organist.
Please see below for more information about the music ministries at St. Mary's.
Our Adult Choir is comprised of four section leaders and additional volunteer members. The choir sings weekly from September through June, singing the anthems and leading the hymns for the congregation. They perform in a range of styles, from a cappella solos to choral works with organ, piano or even stringed accompaniment. During the summer months, the weekly music is led by one of our section leaders, performing solos, or other invited vocalists or instrumentalists. The Adult Choir also sings at special services throughout the year, most notably during Christmas and Lent, and participates in the annual Twelfth Night Benefit Concert for EpiscoBuild/Habitat for Humanity, one of our local Outreach projects.
We also have a Community Choir that performs several times a year. It is comprised of children, parents and any congregants who want to join for the performance. The musical selections are tuneful and easy to learn. They are distributed the week prior, and rehearsal occurs just before the 10 am Sunday service on the day of the performance. The Community Choir is open to one and all, young or old, musical or not, in the true spirit of the Episcopal motto, “All Are Welcome Here.”
Additionally, St. Mary’s hosts several special concerts and recitals throughout the year. Our Christmas Eve and Easter services over the past few years have showcased superb string quartets and brass ensembles. These performances are funded in large part through special holiday offerings from parishioners. We have also hosted external piano and organ recitals at the church as well as The Rockland County Orchestra/Band.