Music

Music Ministry at St. Matthew’s

Choral Music for Adults

The Parish Choir of St. Matthew’s is open to all interested singers from high school and up. The Parish Choir is associated with RSCM (Royal School of Church Music in America). The choir sings for the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist from September through Trinity Sunday, liturgies during Advent and Holy Week, as well as other services like Advent Lessons and Carols, Christmas Lessons and Carols, and Choral Evensong,

Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7p.m. to 8:30p.m. (6:30pm – 8:30pm in November) and Sundays 9:15 a.m. – 10:15a.m.

The choir has both a liturgical and a professional role. Liturgically, the choir has a unique role in assisting the whole liturgical assembly in sung worship. The choir supports the singing of the liturgical assembly, responds with the faithful to the dialogues of the celebrant, alternates in the singing of litanies, and at times sings alone. Professionally, the role of the choir is to present the sacred music of the Church at services and in concert settings on a professional level to the best of the individual and corporate abilities of its members. The choir enriches the celebration of the Liturgy by adding musical elements beyond the capabilities of the congregation alone. Choir members should possess the requisite skills for the musical tasks and an understanding of liturgical music and acknowledge their role in the celebration of the Liturgy.

If you are interested in joining, contact Dr. Jason A. Wright (music@stmatthewshillsborough.org) for additional information.

Choral Music for Youth

Choral Music for Children

From September through Trinity Sunday, children ages K through 5th grade present a choral offering at the 10:30 a.m. 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. 

If you are interested in joining, contact Angela Jones for additional information.

RSCM Curriculum

Voice for Life training is offered during the program year. 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 Dr. Jason A. Wright (music@stmatthewshillsborough.org) for additional information.

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. ($10)

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