Choirmaster's Column

Garah Landes, Organist and Choirmaster
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Joining the Choir

The Senior Choir welcomes new members throughout the year. We have a wonderful group of dedicated volunteer singers as well as an outstanding quartet of soloists. Every volunteer member of the Senior Choir may have conflicts from time to time with our rehearsals or need to be away from St. Elizabeth’s on a given Sunday. We plan our repertoire in advance and have the extraordinary luxury of having our soloists fully support each section in the choir. Some of our members are only able to devote rehearsal time to the Advent Concert, or the Requiem the week before Palm Sunday.

While the music requires rehearsal, the schedule is flexible. The learning process is a team effort. We are all incredibly fortunate to have such wonderful music in our lives. Please come to one of our rehearsals after church in the upstairs choir room.

Regularly scheduled rehearsals will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Sundays. Rehearsals are always open to anyone interested in singing with us or simply to come and watch a rehearsal. Joining the choir can occur at any time during the year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the choral program.

Garah Landes
Organist and Choirmaster 

Music in Lent

  • Requiem
    The performance of a Choral Requiem to explore the mysteries of life, death, and what follows has become a Lenten tradition at St. Elizabeth’s on the Sunday before Palm Sunday. An outstanding group of instrumentalists joins the choir.

  • Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil
    These services provide more musical offerings. The Easter Sunday 9:30 a.m. Family Service features the Cherub, Junior and Youth Choirs with the Senior Choir joining the service for Händel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” At the 11:15 a.m. service the Senior Choir sings and the “Hallelujah Chorus” along with instrumental offerings are also presented at both services.

Music in Advent 

  • Advent Concert
    The highlight of the choral season is a free concert for family, friends and neighbors. The programing includes wonderful arrangements of familiar carols as well as outstanding choral works, accompanied by a chamber orchestra, framed by the Christmas narrative. An emphasis is placed on programing music that will be engaging for both seasoned audiences of choral concerts as well as families with children. The concert runs one hour with no intermission. A festive reception follows in the Parish Hall.

  • Tree Lighting
    Each year we gather on the front lawn in the last moments of twilight to turn on the lights on our small (but growing!) live Christmas tree on the front lawn of the church.  By lantern, candle, and other lights, we will sing carols of the season - accompanied by a wonderful brass quartet for about 30 minutes, followed by hot chocolate and refreshments. This is an unmatched opportunity to create a holiday memory of holy and festive joy suffused with some of the most beloved music of our culture.  Families, children of all ages, neighbors, holiday houseguests, resident shepherds, and visiting kings are all welcome.



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