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Music at St. Mark's

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.

Music from Saint Mark’s 2021
St. Cecilia Series

October 10                   Second Sunday
4.30                              Recital | Graham Schultz, Associate Organist, Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Dallas
5.00                              Festal Choral Evensong | Treble Choir & Staff Singers

November 7                 All Saints’ Sunday
4.30                              Recital | Mark Pacoe, Director of Music & Organist, East River Catholics NYC
5.00                              All Saints’ Evensong | St. Mark’s Choir

November 14               Second Sunday | Alamo Baroque presents
5.00                              Olmos Ensemble 

December 12               Second Sunday | Advent 3
5.00                              Christmas Pops Concert featuring ‘Twas the night before Christmas Brett Richardson, conductor

December 19               Advent 4
5.00                              A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols | St. Mark’s Choir & Treble Choir

Choirs at St. Mark's

The St. Mark’s Adult Choir, under the direction of Jon Johnson, Director of Music and Organist, sings 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 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 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 and Youth Choirs (grades 5-12, 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 Jon Johnson or Samuel Gaskin.

The Junior Choristers (grades 2-4, 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. Junior Choristers learn about proper breathing techniques, singer posture, and are introduced to sacred choral music through the hymnal and anthems. When we return to regular worship services, they will become a vital part of the 9.00am Sunday morning service, wearing choir robes, processing, and leading the congregation in worship. 

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.  

Meet the Music Staff

Jon Johnson
Director of Music and Organist

Samuel Gaskin
Assistant Organist and Choirmaster

Kathy Kelly
Children's Music Assistant

Marsha Kimura
Music Department Admin