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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.

Choirs at St. Mark's

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.  

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The St. Cecilia Series

The St. Cecilia Guild promotes sacred music, bringing guest musicians into the church and underwriting special musical events. The St. Cecilia Series will offer two concerts on Facebook Live and the website in September and October:

Ayren Huslig, harp

Sunday, September 13 | 7.00pm
Ayren Huslig is a professional freelance harpist in Austin, Texas. Ayren’s harp recital will include works by Bernard Andres, Felix Godefroid, and G.F. Handel. Read more about Ayren and the concert on September 13. 

Lydia Beasley, soprano; Samuel Gaskin, accompanist

Sunday, October 11 | 7.00pm
Lydia Beasley and Samuel Gaskin present “Letters”, an art song recital comprised of letters of love, familial connection, and a war-time farewell. Featured in the recital will be Songs from Letters: Calamity Jane to her daughter Janey, 1880-1902, a song cycle by American composer Libby Larsen. Read more about Lydia, Samuel, and the concert on October 11. 

Meet the Music Staff

Jon Johnson
Organist and Choirmaster

Samuel Gaskin
Assistant Organist and Choirmaster

Kathy Kelly
Children's Music Assistant

Marsha Kimura
Music Department Admin