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.
If you or your child would like to be a part of a choir, or for more information, please contact Larry J. Long, Organist & Choirmaster.
4:00-4:30pm • Cherub Choir • Kindergarten through Second Grade
4:45-5:30pm • Children’s Choir • Third Grade and Older
6:45-8:15pm • Epiphany Choir • High school age and adults
Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 11 for the 2014-15 season.
Ave verum corpus • Michael Sitton (b. 1958) • Lent 2, March 16, 2014
I am the Resurrection • Larry J. Long (b. 1954) • first performance • Lent 5, April 6, 2014
Prepare ye the way of the Lord • Kenneth Louis (b. 1956) • Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols, December 15, 2013
O sacrum convivium • Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) • Pentecost 3, June 9, 2013
Sing a new song to the Lord • Larry J. Long (b. 1954) • first performance • Easter 7, May 12, 2013
I am the Resurrection • Thomas Morley (1557-1602) • Easter 4, April 21, 2013
The Beatitudes • Philip Stopford (b. 1978) • Epiphany 7, February 23, 2014
Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt • Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) • Lent 2, March 16, 2014
Magnificat • Cesare de Zacharia (16th c.), arr. Larry J. Long • Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols, December 15, 2013
O radix Jesse / O root of Jesse • Plainsong / Healey Willan (1880-1968) • Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols, December 15, 2013
Feed your children / Speis uns, o Gott • Larry J. Long (b. 1954) • first performance • Easter 5, May 18, 2014
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)
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 meets 4:00-4:30pm on Thursdays from mid-September into May, and sings as scheduled at the 11:00am 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 11:00am Eucharist, as well as at the Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, and Easter Day. 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 mid-September through mid-June. Sunday warm-up rehearsal is at 10:00am before the 11:00am 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’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.