Choirs and St. Matthew’s Music Program

Mission: To develop and enrich the worship of St. Matthew’s through the blend of voices and instruments which lead and inspire.

  • To support and develop the vocal talents of the choirs and parishioners, while encouraging participation in the church’s song.
  • To teach parishioners of all ages to pray and praise God through music.
  • To honor the musical history of St. Matthew’s by fully using the Hook and Hastings organ, the piano, the instrument of the church building itself, and the choirs to worship God.
  • To support ecumenical worship, especially with Dickerson Chapel through joining our choirs; singing together, we become one body in Christ.
  • To support diverse opportunities for parishioners and the community to experience and participate in Faith and the Arts, especially through occasional concerts and recitals of sacred music.

Adult Choir

The Adult Choir of St. Matthew’s is open to all interested singers from eleventh grade and up. As before, it will sing for most Sunday 10:30 a.m. Eucharists from September through May, using a wide range of repertory. Weekly choir rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., during the program year. If you are interested in joining, contact David Arcus at for additional information.

Children’s Choral Offerings

Once a month during the program year, children ages pre-k through 5th grade present a choral offering at the 10:30 a.m. service under the direction of Angela Jones. Music offered by our children are God’s gift to the entire congregation for deepening our expressions of prayer and praise. They are also an important opportunity for our children to learn the sacred music that is a central component of Christian education and formation. 

Voice for Life

Voice for Life sessions are offered during the program year, and meet in the Choir Room from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Voice for Life is a parish-wide, inter-generational music curriculum for churches and choral programs established by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). There are five, color-coded levels of instruction, and the RSCM offers certificates and other awards for participants who successfully complete each level and advanced-level exams. Participants can work in groups or individually on their own time, using workbooks which offer information and exercises in a step-by-step fashion. Everyone, regardless of prior musical experience, is invited and encouraged to sign up. Contact David Arcus at for additional information.

See David Arcus for more information about any of the St. Matthew’s choirs or the St. Matthew’s music program.  If you would like to share your musical talent as an instrumentalist or soloist, contact David Arcus, 919-732-9308.

Women’s Singing Circle

Photo by Katie Nelson

Th St. Matthew’s Women’s Singing Circle meets on the last Sunday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the church for a service of Compline and, mostly, a cappella singing. The Sunday Compline service is a monthly offering of fellowship and spiritual practice which is open to all interested women, whether members of St. Matthew’s or not. The singing time is both one of practice and process:  the practice of a shared songbook of core material that has developed over the years; the act of worshiping God; and the work of building community through song. Occasionally, the Women’s Singing Circle performs through our Faith and Arts Series as well as at the invitation of other churches and community venues. Members are not required to perform. Each concert or outing is an open invitation which members are free to participate in or not. While extra practices are generally scheduled for performances, the singing portion of the Compline service might also be used to rehearse for an upcoming event. Contact Mary Rocap, 919-732-9308.

The Women’s Singing Circle has released three CDs: How Can I Keep from Singing in 2011,  a Christmas CD, Venite Adoremus, in 2013, and Homecoming in 2015. The CDs are available from the church office. ($15)

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