Choirs & Ensembles


Choirs & Ensembles

Music ministry at St. Bartholomew’s is well known throughout the diocese for offering a rich tapestry of sacred music. A love of music-making and a willingness to learn are all that is required for most ministries. All ensembles for children and adults teach and reinforce the ability to read music and other singing and listening skills as well as an understanding of leading liturgy and congregational song.

For more information on becoming part of music ministry at St. Bart’s, please contact John-Luke Addison, Director Music, Principal Organist at (858) 432-7112.

The Parish Choir is open to all adults, young and older, high school-aged and above. The Choir rehearses Thursdays 7-9 p.m. and sings at the Sunday 10:15 a.m. service and often at Evensong the first Sunday of each month. The Choir sings larger works and other services according to the season, including an All Saints’ Day requiem, Advent Lessons and Carols, and a Lenten Meditation on the Passion, among others. Opportunities are also available within the choir for those interested in more advanced and smaller ensemble work.

Choir School for youth ages 6-13 enriches your child with a well-rounded musical education by learning the fundamentals of choral music. Rehearsals will include completing music theory workbooks, and periodic examinations to advance levels. Children will sing once monthly in church, and at other special services (Christmas Eve, Annual Carol Service, Choristers’ Evensong, Easter Sunday, etc.). Choir School rehearses Sundays 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cantors help lead congregational singing and sing psalms and other service music at all weekend liturgies. A willingness to lead sung prayer and confidence in one’s own singing are sustained and developed in this ministry, open to all ages. 

The Schola Cantorum sings chant, both ancient and contemporary, as well as other service music in a small ensemble setting. Chamber vocal ensemble that specializes in meditative music, including Plainsong, Taizé, and other music for contemplation. The Schola, often for those interested in a less regular Sunday singing commitment, rehearses Wednesdays 6-6:45 p.m. and sings at 1-2 services each month.

The Handbell Choir provides distinctive sounds and liturgical accompaniment to psalms, service music, and hymns appropriate to the season, as well as larger festival repertoire. The 5-octave ensemble rehearses Monday evenings 7-8:30 p.m. and plays at 1-2 services each month. No experience is necessary!

The St. Bart's String Ensemble (violin, viola, cello, contrabass) prepares music at weekly Wednesday 7:00-8:15 p.m. rehearsals for monthly worship services, as well as for special events and concerts. Recent concerts include Mozart's Requiem, Stainer's The Crucifixion, and Faure's Requiem. rehearses Wednesdays 7-8 p.m. and plays at one Sunday 10:15 a.m. service each month and other special occasions.

The Gathering Instruments are musicians who play any instrument (guitars, drums, flute, oboe, violin, saxophone, etc.), and play gathering and other music every 10:15 a.m. service, as well as at monthly ReGeneration contemporary worship services.

Our St. Bart's Brass Choir is an ensemble for brass instruments (trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba) that plays at 1-2 services per month, as well as for special events and concerts, such as the Festival of Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, and Easter services.

The St. Bartholomew's Community Choir sings the great masterworks along with the Parish Choir at 1-2 concerts each year. For those wishing to sing without making a weekly commitment to singing on Sundays, this is the perfect ensemble for you! A lighter 5-6 week schedule per concert is all that is required to sing. Come join us!

Musicianship classes (learning to read music; music theory; learn and improve sight-reading and listening skills) are offered approximately one Saturday morning or weekday evening per month. Classes can be geared toward different skill levels and age groups, guided by interest.

Support musical events at St. Bart’s!

Interested in supporting music at St. Bart’s in other ways? Volunteer to serve on the Concert Series Committee which meets every year to help brainstorm ideas for concerts and to staff front-of-house needs!

For more information on supporting or becoming part of music ministry at St. Bart’s, please contact John-Luke Addison, Director Music, Principal Organist at (858) 432-7112.