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“If we consider and ask ourselves what sort of music we should wish to hear on entering a church, we should surely, in describing our ideal, say, first of all that it must be something different from what is heard elsewhere; that it should be a sacred music, devoted to its purpose; a music whose peace should still passion, whose dignity should strengthen our faith, whose beauty should find a home in our hearts to cheer us in life and death; a music worthy of the fair temples in which we meet, and of the holy words of our Liturgy; a music whose expression of the mystery of things unseen never allowed any trifling motive to ruffle the sanctity of its reserve.” — Robert Bridges

The Music Program at St. Mark’s consists of Adult and Youth choirs which provide sung music for a variety of services held in the parish during the liturgical year. As we are a part of the Anglican Communion, much of the choral music offered is drawn from the rich tradition which comes to us through the Church of England. A wide variety of other styles of music are used as well, from early monastic chant and Renaissance composers to contemporary American works and spirituals.

St Marks Music

St. Mark’s Taize Service

In addition, there is regular use of the music of Taizé, a French monastic community known for its simple and beautiful repetitive chants. ChoralEvensong is regularly offered with more intricate and involved settings of the canticles and responses for the choir. These beautiful services are a unique part of our Anglican heritage.


Music for Children & Youth

Music for Preschoolers is offered during Sunday School each week, 10:30 – 10:45 in the preschool classroom.

Music and Movement for Moms and Tots is offered twice a year, in the fall and winter. Each session is 8 weeks long and meets on Tuesdays, 9:15 – 10:00 am in room 204.  The class is free and children are accompanied by a parent, grandparent or caregiver.  The 2018 winter session runs: January 23 – March 13.

Marsha Webster, Music Associate


Music for Youth

The purpose of the youth music program at St. Mark’s is to provide an opportunity for children to learn the value and joy of singing, not only in worship, but for everyday life. Through rehearsals designed with fellowship, games, and singing, young children can develop musical skills which will enhance their social, memory, and motor development. More importantly, ongoing participation in the music program will effectively complement religious education by instructing children on the elements of the liturgy and the stories of our faith as they are told through song.