The Music Ministry at Saint Andrew’s exists to glorify God and honor Jesus Christ through music offered by several ensembles, including the Parish Choir, a Handbell Choir, a contemporary Praise Band, and the St. Andrew’s Boy and Girl Choir. Additionally, the Music at St. Andrew’s series features concerts, recitals and special services throughout the year. These services include choral Evensong and Lessons & Carols, services which draw on the greater musical community of the Treasure Coast. Guest singers and instrumentalists are highlighted at worship during Easter, Christmas and other high seasons during the church year, in addition to the Music at St. Andrew’s series.
The Parish Choir
The Parish Choir forms the core of the St. Andrew’s music program as it leads choral music at the 10:30 Sunday Eucharist. Music performed includes pieces from our Anglican heritage, spirituals and pieces from other cultures. Parishioner volunteers are joined by professional singers to provide music of the highest caliber for worship. The choir often sings an offertory anthem, a psalm setting and occasionally a communion motet. All are invited to become a part of this hard-working ensemble. To ensure proper placement and music reading ability, a simple vocal interview is all that is required. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. During the summer, the Summer Choir, open to all children and adults, rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9:15.
St. Andrew’s Boy and Girl Choir
The St. Andrew’s Boy & Girl Choir is a ministry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and a member of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in America. The RSCM was founded in England by Sir Sydney Nicholson, organist of Westminster Abbey, in 1927, with the vision of training boys in the music of the Church of England. Today, the RSCM stretches around the globe with 11,000 affiliates in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria and throughout Europe. More information can be found at www.rscmamerica.org.
Ringing within the choral season, the Handbell Choir often performs on Feast Days and during the seasons of Advent and Easter. The ensemble uses the parish’s three octave set of Malmark Handbells. Rehearsals are scheduled at different times within the season. If you have always wanted to do something musical but have not found the right “niche” come and visit a rehearsal!
The St. Andrew’s music program strives to lead creative worship in many ways. To this end, we incorporate guest instrumentalists in our services. While some of these are professional musicians (such as our fantastic “Trumpets & Drums” ensemble at Easter), parishioner musicians are always welcome to collaborate with the organist for special musical offerings. If you play an instrument and would like to share your gift in worship, please let us know.
St. Andrew’s celebrates a diversity of music within a typical week of worship events. The Praise Band, led by Ms. Kia Fontaine, is open to vocalists and instrumentalists ranging from guitar and drum players to violinists and flutists to help lead congregational song at the 9:15 Sunday morning service. For more information, please contact the Church Office at (772) 461-5009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The organ of St. Andrew’s was built in 1977 by the Wicks Pipe Organ Company of Highland, Illinois. The three-manual organ totals 38 ranks of pipes with about 40 stops spread over four divisions: Great, Swell, Choir, and Pedal. Mr. Ray Stilwell, a former organist & choirmaster, assisted in the design of the instrument and serves as the curator for the organ.
Click on an audio file below for a sampling of our music:
E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come – Paul Manz (St. Andrew’s Parish Choir)
Toccata, from Suite, Opus 5 – Maurice Duruflé (James W. Guyer, Organist)
Adam Lay yBounden – Frank Boles (St. Andrew’s Parish Choir)
Improvisation on Nettleton (James W. Guyer, Organist)
Christ Lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4), versus 1, 2, 4 and 7 – J.S. Bach (St. Andrew’s Parish Choir)
Victimae Pascale Laudes – plainsong chant (members of St. Andrew’s Parish Choir and Handbell Choir)
Overture, from Water Music – G.F. Handel (guest musicians for Easter)