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.

Click here to view the 2014-15 schedule of Choral Music in the Liturgy.

Summer Choir

Our Summer Choir is our “anyone-can-sing” choir. Show up on Sunday at 9:45am (don’t be late!) to rehearse the psalm and an easy anthem, and sing at the 10:30am service. You’ve never sung in a choir? Now is your chance! All singers are welcome without audition. Summer Choir is scheduled to sing on these four Sundays in 2015:

June 28 • July 19 • August 2 and 23

Plan now to come and join in singing inspiring music to enrich our worship at Epiphany.

Thursday Rehearsals

Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 10, 2015 for the 2015-16 season.
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

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Cherub Choir

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 through the Thursday before Memorial Day, and sings as scheduled at the 11:00am Holy Eucharist.

 

Listen to Cherub Choir
We Three Kings • The Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2013
O-so-so / Come Now, O Prince of Peace • Geonyong Lee (b. 1947) • Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols, December 15, 2013

Children’s Choir

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 Holy Eucharist, as well as at the Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols. The season begins in mid-September and concludes in May.

Listen to Children’s Choir
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

 

Epiphany Choir

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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 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.

The 2014-15 section leaders are Charlotte Mundy, soprano; Kirsten Ott, alto; Mark Sanderlin, tenor; and Alex Bonnin, bass.

Listen to Epiphany Choir
Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt • Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) • Lent 2, March 16, 2014
The Beatitudes • Philip Stopford (b. 1978) • Epiphany 7, February 23, 2014
Feed your children / Speis uns, o Gott • Larry J. Long (b. 1954) • first performanceEaster 5, May 18, 2014
God so loved the world • John Stainer (1840-1901) • Easter 5, May 3, 2015
I am the Resurrection • Thomas Morley (1557-1602) • Easter 4, April 21, 2013
I sat down under his shadow • Edward C. Bairstow (1874-1946) • Easter 4, April 26, 2015
Let us love in deed and truth • Larry King (1932-1990) • Easter 4, April 26, 2015
Look there! the Christ • William Albright (1944-1998) • Easter 3, April 19, 2015
The Lord is my Shepherd • Herbert Howells (1892-1983) • Easter 4, April 21, 2013
Magnificat • Cesare de Zacharia (16th c.), arr. Larry J. Long • Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols, December 15, 2013
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 (first movement) • J. S. Bach (1685-1750) • Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, December 14, 2014, with Dorian Baroque orchestra
O radix Jesse / O root of Jesse • Plainsong / Healey Willan (1880-1968) • Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, December 15, 2013
O sacrum convivium • Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) • Pentecost 18, October 12, 2014
Sing a new song to the Lord • Larry J. Long (b. 1954) • first performance • Easter 7, May 12, 2013

 

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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.

Listen
Hora Decima Brass, Timpani, and Organ
Fanfare in E-flat • John Folkening (1947-2009)

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Variations on “A mighty fortress” (2012) • Larry J. Long (b. 1954) • recital May 6, 2012
Prelude in E-flat minor (Suite, opus 5) • Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) • prelude for the First Sunday in Lent, February 22, 2015
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669 • J. S. Bach (1685-1750) • prelude for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 15, 2015