Music Ministry at St. Alban’s
Music is an integral part of St. Alban’s liturgy. Through psalms, hymns, anthems, preludes and postludes, musical offerings enhance our worship. Under the guidance of capable staff, our talented parishioners make beautiful music through our choir programs all year long, and the entire community enjoys free concerts through the Muldoon Concert Series.
The Adult Choir
The St. Alban’s Adult Choir is open to all participants, regardless of prior musical experience. The choir sings at the 10:15am Sunday service where they also provide weekly anthems. They also sing at Evensong services and special services for Christmas, Holy Week and Easter.
Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 PM, September through the end of June. For the time being, we are rehearsing masked and distanced in Frizzell Hall. On Sunday mornings, we gather in the loft at 9:30, masked, vested and ready to sing. All members of the choir must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Recent choral selections have included: Laudate Dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Cantique de Jean Racine op. 11 by Gabriel Fauré; Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by William Denis Browne; O Nata Lux by Thomas Tallis; My Eyes for Beauty Pine by Herbert Howells; The Lamb by Sir John Tavener; and, Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Lan’ by John W. Work.
The St. Alban’s Bell Choir continues their music ministry by offering preludes to the 10:15 AM service multiple times throughout the church liturgical year.
Using their 5-octave Schulmerich Handbells, the ensemble provides liturgical favorites such as Hyfrodol – Alleluia, Sing to Jesus, Dividium Mysterium and Acclamation on Azmon. Rehearsals are Thursday evening from 6:30-7:15PM, September through late June, and the ensemble is open to all participants.
Interested in participating? Contact us.
As we continue to confront the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pausing youth and children’s music programming until this population can be safely protected from the virus. All young singers aged 12 and up who are fully vaccinated are welcome to join the Adult Choir on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. Please stay tuned for more updates on safely resuming this important work.
Muldoon Concert Series
The Muldoon Memorial Concert Series was established in 1990 by the Muldoon Family in memory of long-time choir members Ken and Hulda Muldoon. The series offers five concerts during the church year, and remains free and open to the public, thanks in part to an Endowment Fund.
Using both the St. Alban’s Nave and the acoustically resonant Frizzell Hall, the eclectic series boasts of concerts ranging from traditional piano and organ solo recitals to jazz quartets, and even Bach played on a banjo. Recent concerts have included artists such as Hub New Music, Modern Musick, the Washington Saxophone Quartet and the United States Army Brass Quintet.
About Our Organ
Our organ was manufactured by the John Leek Organ Company (Oberlin, Ohio) in 1982. It has two manuals, three divisions, 13 stops, 16 ranks, tracker action, mechanical couplers, no combination action, in the North German style.
Hoofdwerk (Manual I)
Borstwerk (Manual II)
2 2/3’ Nasat
1 3/5’ Terts
8’ Oct. Bass
Hoofdwerk to Pedal
Borstwerk to Pedal
Borstwerk to Hoofdwerk
Borstwerk doors open and close via hitch-down pedal.
Adjustable wind stabilizers for each division.