Sunday, Nov 8, 2020
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 Saint 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 Adult Choir, under the direction of Jon Johnson, Organist and Choirmaster, sings at the 11.15am (summer 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 Adult 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 at any time of the year by 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 contact Jon Johnson with any inquiries or to set up an appointment.
The adult choir currently meets on Thursdays at 6.30pm via Zoom.
The Treble and Youth Choirs (5th - 12th grade, led by Jon Johnson and Samuel Gaskin) will use this time to socialize, work on music theory/aural skills, and rehearse toward special virtual choir projects. One on one mentoring with music curriculum and voice instruction can be scheduled by appointment with Mr. Johnson and Mr. Gaskin.
Meets on Thursdays at 5.00pm via Zoom.
The Junior Choristers (2nd - 4th grade, led by Kathy Kelly) program builds on the foundation nurtured in Novice Choir. Choristers are introduced to the rhythmic and melodic elements of the songs they learned as a Novice. They learn to read and notate music, and play these songs and rhythms on instruments. Jr. Choristers 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 where they wear choir robes, process, and lead the congregation in worship.
Meets on Wednesdays at 5.15pm via Zoom.
The Novices Choir (K - 1st grade, 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. During this time of virtual learning, it will be necessary for at least one parent to be present with their child during his or her weekly Zoom Novice Choir rehearsal. Once we return to in-person choir rehearsals, this will no longer be required.
Meets on Wednesdays at 4.30pm via Zoom.
The St. Cecilia Guild promotes sacred music, bringing guest musicians into the church and underwriting special musical events. The St. Cecilia Series will offer concerts on the website, Facebook, and YouTube on the second Sunday of each month:
Sunday, December 13 | 5.00pm & 7.00pm
Advent is a season of both quiet reflection and joyful expectation. This service is intended to be a time of spiritual preparation as we watch and wait for the coming of the Kingdom of God. Advent Lessons and Carols continues the season of Advent with readings, prayers, and carols sung by the combined choirs of St. Mark’s. This year, we will offer a virtual presentation of this favorite annual service. This service will be streamed on Facebook, the Watch Live page of the website, YouTube, and our app.
Enjoy this video!