Sunday, Apr 10, 2022
St. Mark’s enjoys a great tradition of music in worship and in concert. Our choirs include children and youth of all ages, adult volunteers, staff singers, and choral scholars (high school and college students who commit to spending a year of musical formation in the St. Mark’s music program). Together they provide music for the many services that are offered throughout the year.
We invite the San Antonio community to experience the beauty of worship and creativity through the Music from St. Mark’s offerings. The St. Mark’s choirs sing music that spans centuries from chant and Tudor motets to traditional Anglican cathedral repertoire and new compositions by living composers. An extensive range of organ music is offered weekly on the Austin-Kegg pipe organ both in worship and in concert.
The St. Mark’s Choir (adults and youth), under the direction of Jon Johnson, Director of Music and Organist, sing at the 10.00am Eucharist. The choir also sings Choral Evensong several times a year, the All Saints’ Requiem Service, the annual Service of Advent Lessons and Carols, Holy Week, and the annual Spring Concert. The St. Mark's Choir rehearses late August to May on Thursday evenings from 6.30-8.45pm. Rehearsals during summer months are on Sunday mornings at 9.00am.
We welcome new singers any time of the year with a brief audition and meeting. If you read music, sight-read decently, have experience singing in a choir, and would like to know more about joining the adult choir, please email Jon Johnson with any inquiries or to set up an appointment.
The Treble Choir (grades 4-12, led by Jon Johnson and Samuel Gaskin). Entry into the Treble Choir is through a brief audition. This choir is committed to the more rigorous demands of singing anthems and larger choral works throughout the year. In addition to singing on Sunday mornings, the Treble Choir regularly joins the St. Mark’s Choir to sing Evensong, the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols, and other musical offerings during the academic year. The Treble Choir rehearses Wednesdays, 5.30–6.15pm, and Thursdays, 5.30–7.00pm. RSCM training is offered Thursdays, 5.00–5.30pm. They sing each Sunday at the 9.00am service, September–May.
The Junior Choristers (grades 2-5, led by Kathy Kelly) program builds on the foundation nurtured in Novice Choir. Choristers are introduced to rhythmic and melodic elements in A Young Singer’s Journey curriculum where they learn to read and notate music. Junior Choristers also learn about proper breathing techniques, singer posture, and are introduced to sacred choral music through the hymnal and anthems. They become a vital part of the 9.00am Sunday morning church service when they wear choir robes, process, and lead the congregation in worship. No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and participate. The Junior Choristers rehearse Wednesdays, 5.15-6.00pm. For those who would like to enrich their choral education and work towards a medal, they can stay after rehearsals for RSCM (Royal School of Music) training, 6.00-6.30pm. Junior Choristers sing each Sunday at the 9.00am worship service, September-May.
The Novices Choir (grades K-1, led by Kathy Kelly) curriculum concentrates on three basic areas of development. These are vocal exploration and development of the singing voice, feeling the pulse of music, and moving to that pulse, and expression of oneself through music and movement. These foundations of musical development are nurtured through carefully selected children’s song repertoire, singing games, percussion instruments, and movement activities. The Novices rehearse Wednesdays, 4.30–5.15pm. They wear choir robes and sing the second Sunday of the month during the 9.00am worship service, September-May.
Grades K-1 | Wednesdays | 4.30-5.15pm
Grades 2-5 | Wednesdays | 5.15-6.00pm | RSCM training 6.00-6.30pm
Grades 4-12 | Wednesdays | 5.30-6.15pm | | Thursdays | 5.30-7.00pm, preceded by RSCM training 5.00-5.30pm
Adults and Youth | Thursdays | 6.30-8.45pm