Music is central to worship at the Church of the Epiphany. The beautiful Norman architecture of the nave provides excellent acoustics for all voices – both the volunteer and professional singers who are members of our Epiphany Choir, and the young singers in our Children’s Choir and Cherub Choir. Volunteers are welcome in all choirs without audition.
If you or your child would like to be a part of a choir, or for more information, please email Larry J. Long, Organist & Choirmaster.
Click here to download a registration form for Cherub Choir or Children’s Choir.
|4:00-4:30pm||Cherub Choir||Kindergarten through Second Grade|
|4:45-5:30pm||Children’s Choir||Third Grade and higher|
|6:45-8:15pm||Epiphany Choir||High school age and adults|
The Cherub Choir is for children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. They learn to sing music together as well as play musical games and rhythm instruments.
The choir rehearses 4:00-4:30pm on Thursdays from mid-September through mid-May, and sings as scheduled at the 10:30am Holy Eucharist.
Boys and girls in grade 3 and older are invited to join the Epiphany Children’s Choir. Rehearsals are Thursday afternoons, 4:45-5:30pm.
The Children’s Choir sings as scheduled at the Sunday 10:30am Holy Eucharist, as well as at the Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols. The season begins in mid-September and concludes in May.
Do you enjoy singing? Volunteer singers are welcome in the Epiphany Choir. This adult choir is a very dedicated and loyal group, in part because rehearsal is grounded not only in solid musical practice, but also in historical, spiritual and liturgical awareness. Led by a director with a broad background that includes seminary study and advanced degrees in performance and literature, the Epiphany Choir is a great place for you to expand your music skills and increase your understanding of the role of music in the liturgy.
Weekly rehearsals are held Thursdays at 6:45-8:15pm from early September through the second Sunday in June. Sunday warm-up rehearsal is at 9:30am before the 10:30am service.
The repertoire is diverse in style and level of difficulty, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, J. S. Bach, Gospel music and spirituals, and music by living composers.
Epiphany Choir Section Leaders
Joy Tamayo, soprano | Kirsten Ott, alto | Mark Sanderlin, tenor | Alex Bonnin, bass
Evensong Choir is comprised of the Epiphany Choir section leaders, and
Charlotte Mundy, soprano | Wendy Gilles, alto | David Root, tenor | Dennis Blackwell, bass
David Hurd is the organist for Evensong, with Larry J. Long conducting the Evensong Choir.
Listen to Epiphany Choir
Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt • Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
The Beatitudes • Philip Stopford (b. 1978)
Feed your children / Speis uns, o Gott • Larry J. Long (b. 1954) • first performance
God so loved the world • John Stainer (1840-1901)
I am the Resurrection • Thomas Morley (1557-1602)
I sat down under his shadow • Edward C. Bairstow (1874-1946)
Let us love in deed and truth • Larry King (1932-1990)
Look there! the Christ • William Albright (1944-1998)
The Lord is my Shepherd • Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Magnificat • Cesare de Zacharia (16th c.), arr. Larry J. Long
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 (first movement) • J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
O radix Jesse / O root of Jesse • Plainsong / Healey Willan (1880-1968)
O sacrum convivium • Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Sing a new song to the Lord • Larry J. Long (b. 1954) • first performance
Epiphany’s 50-rank, 3-manual Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, opus 1412, dates from 1963 and is housed in the chancel tower. It retains the Pedal Bourdon and Positiv Dulciana and Unda Maris stops from the 3-manual 1916 Steere organ that preceded it. Built under the tonal supervision of Joseph Whiteford in dialogue with John Cartwright (Organist and Choirmaster from 1958 to 1987), the Epiphany organ is a masterpiece of historic significance. Elegantly and clearly voiced, it works very well for music of widely different styles. For photos, stoplist, and other details about the instrument, go to the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists website by clicking here.
In the sanctuary, we have a Mason & Hamlin model AA grand piano, which was restored under the supervision of Tali Mahanoor. It is a beautiful instrument, particularly for interpretation of Romantic repertoire.
Hora Decima Brass, Timpani, and Organ
Fanfare in E-flat • John Folkening (1947-2009)
Variations on “A mighty fortress” (2012) • Larry J. Long (b. 1954)
Prelude in E-flat minor (Suite, opus 5) • Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669 • J. S. Bach (1685-1750)