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Music at Calvary
The Adult Choir rehearsing with Organist/Choirmaster James S. Little
Choral Programs at Calvary
Adult Choir: Open to all singers high school age and up. No audition is necessary. Primarily a volunteer group with three or four paid soloists/section leaders. The choir sings at 10:00 AM services on Sunday. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM; warm-up Sunday morning at 9:15 AM. The choir sings 60-70 anthems each year, covering many centuries of compositional styles.
Calvary Chorale: Dedicated to the performance of choral music with its intended instrumentation, Calvary Chorale is made up of members of the Calvary adult choir along with musicians from the community. Since 1973 Calvary Chorale has offered an annual concert series.
St. Cecilia Choir: 4th Grade & Up. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 4:30 – 5:30 PM, with an extra rehearsal at 6:00 PM for those who cannot attended earlier. The choir participates in the Sunday 10:00 AM service, performing their own anthems about twice a month.
St. Nicholas Choir: Pre-K to 2nd Grade. Rehearsals are Sundays for 20 minutes after the 10:00 AM service. The choir participates in the First Sunday 10:00 AM service.
The Organ at Calvary
Music at Calvary has a tradition dating back at least as far as 1896. When this, our third church, celebrated its first service on Easter, 1896, a new pipe organ was in place to lead the music. more
In virtually every service, with the exception of an occasional private baptism or small chapel service, the organ is the instrument that leads the congregation in song, accompanies choirs and soloists, and provides music aimed at raising our spirits, calming our souls, easing our griefs, celebrating our triumphs. This has long been the role of the organ in Episcopal worship practice, no more so than at Calvary. more
Other Music at Calvary
Antioch: Our first vocal ensemble in residence, Antioch is an eleven-member ensemble that is developing a national reputation. They rehearse at Calvary and performing four concerts per year. more
Rehearsals: Calvary Church also provides rehearsal space for the Concord Singers, a women’s chorus which performs two concerts a year here. In addition, the Larks, a women’s ensemble sponsored by the Summit Junior League, uses our choir room for rehearsals. The Larks are a community service organization, performing many concerts each year at venues such as retirement and nursing homes.
This summer, for the first time, Calvary became host rehearsal space for the Chamber Orchestra of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, which boasts of a membership spanning the ages from pre-teen to the nineties
Support for Music at Calvary
The costs of maintaining a music program like Calvary’s are considerable. The purchase of a single anthem with enough copies for each chorister can run as high as $80-$100, that of a large choral work to several hundred dollars. Vestments, choir awards, music folders, maintenance and tuning of the organ and pianos, the hiring of soloists and substitute organists, all add to the thousands of dollars needed each year just to keep the program afloat.
The Choir Guild supports Calvary’s choirs with funds to buy its vestments. The Guild’s main fundraiser is the sale of boxed lunches for the Women of Calvary’s Festival of Homes. Choir members and their parents are automatically members. Contact: Carol Graham or Don Peck:
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