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.
The first rehearsal of the 2017-2018 choir season for all choirs will be on Thursday, September 14, 2017.
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 and adult volunteers with four professional section leaders|
Singing at Choral Evensong services:
|Evensong Choir||Eight professional singers|
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.
Cherub Choir’s first rehearsal of the 2017-2018 season will be Thursday, September 14, 2017.
Listen to Cherub Choir
We Three Kings • The Feast of the Epiphany
O-so-so / Come Now, O Prince of Peace • Geonyong Lee (b. 1947)
Keep, O keep us, Savior dear • The Hymnal 1982 #150, stanza 5
From Advent Festival Lessons and Carols, December 11, 2016:
Open your ears, O faithful people • Give me oil in my lamp • Rejoice in the Lord always
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. The first rehearsal of the 2017-2018 season for Children’s Choir will be Thursday, September 14, 2017.
Listen to Children’s Choir
Ave verum corpus • Michael Sitton (b. 1958)
I am the Resurrection • Larry J. Long (b. 1954) • first performance
Lift up your heads • William Mathias (1934-1992) • with Epiphany Choir
Prepare ye the way of the Lord • Kenneth Louis (b. 1956)
Psalm 15: Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? • Plainsong Mode 6 with Epiphany Choir
We praise you, O God (Te Deum) • Larry J. Long (b. 1954) • with Epiphany Choir
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 last Sunday Epiphany Choir sings in the 2017-2018 season is June 10, 2018.
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.
Amanda Keil, soprano • Kirsten Ott, alto
Mark Sanderlin, tenor • Alex Bonnin, bass
Listen to Epiphany Choir
Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt • Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
Annunciation Carol • Larry J. Long (b. 1954)
The Beatitudes • Philip Stopford (b. 1978)
Every time I feel the Spirit • Spiritual
God so loved the world • Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)
Greater love hath no man • John Ireland (1879-1962) • Joy Tamayo, soprano soloist
Lift up your heads • William Mathias (1934-1992) • with Children’s Choir
Look there! the Christ • William Albright (1944-1998)
Mothering God • Larry J. Long (b. 1954)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 (first movement) • J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
O sacrum convivium • Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Pilgrim’s Hymn • Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)
Psalm 15: Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? • Plainsong Mode 6 with Children’s Choir
Psalm 67: May God be merciful to us and bless us • refrain Unknown | verses Larry J. Long
Psalm 96: Sing to the Lord a new song • Tone V.1
Sing a new song to the Lord • Larry J. Long (b. 1954) • first performance
A spotless Rose • Herbert Howells (1892-1983) • Alex Bonnin, baritone soloist
Still, still, still • David von Kampen (b. 1986)
The Lord is my Shepherd • Spiritual, arr. Larry J. Long
There is no rose • Joel Martinson (b. 1960)
We praise you, O God (Te Deum) • Larry J. Long (b. 1954) • with Children’s Choir
Evensong Choir 2017-2018
Choral Evensong | Sundays at 5:00pm
2017 • October 1 • November 12
2018 • February 11 • March 18 • April 29
Evensong Choir is comprised of the four Epiphany Choir professional section leaders plus four additional singers.
|Soprano|||||Amanda Keil and Charlotte Mundy|
|Alto|||||Kirsten Ott and Wendy Gilles|
|Tenor|||||Mark Sanderlin and David Root|
|Bass|||||Alex Bonnin and Dennis Blackwell|
Listen to Evensong Choir
Choral Evensong, January 22, 2017
Preces • Gregory Eaton (b. 1959)
Psalm 103 • Dorothy Papadakos (b. 1960)
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Short Service) • Thomas Weelkes (1576?-1623)
Responses • Gregory Eaton
Go forth into the world in peace • Martin Shaw (1875-1958)
from other Choral Evensong services
Jauchzet dem Herren • Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
Magnificat (Norfolk Canticles) • David Hurd (b. 1950)
Nunc dimittis (Norfolk Canticles) • David Hurd (b. 1950)
Crux fidelis • Constance Rulison (1876-1961)
Christus factus est • Constance Rulison (1876-1961)
Magnificat (treble) • Larry J. Long (b. 1954)
Nunc dimittis (treble) • Larry J. Long (b. 1954)
photo by Steven E. Lawson
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)
Praeludium in g, BuxWV 149 • Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)