Music

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.”- Psalm 98:4

kids-choirMusic is a vital part of life and worship at St. Timothy’s, as we express our faith through melody and song. The primary purpose of the Music Ministry is to support the clergy in presenting a meaningful and cohesive worship experience at each liturgy. The Music Ministry also provides a special space for personal growth and fellowship through the preparation and performance of sacred music, whether vocal or instrumental.

 

THE CHOIRS AT ST. TIMOTHY’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

The Choir at St. Timothy’s

When we combine Jubilate, morningSong and St. Timothy’s Choral Scholars together, we have The Choir at St. Timothy’s. This ensemble was formed after discovering that together, we are stronger. The Choir comes together to provide the music for the liturgical calendar’s biggest Sundays and Holidays such as: Welcome Home Sunday, Christmas Eve, Holy Week, and Easter.
Rehearsals: During Tuesday and Thursday evening rehearsals with extra in preparation for High Holy Days
Repertoire: The full choir sings quite challenging pieces with the most divisi (parts)
Requirements: Participation in Jubilate, morningSong, or The Choral Scholar

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Jubilate
Jubilate is St. Timothy’s “robed” choir that sings at the 11am service focusing on the music centering around the Episcopal tradition. As St. Timothy’s oldest established choir, Jubilate has kept its focus on keeping beloved hymns, chants, and choral anthems vibrant and relevant in today’s ever changing demands for worship. Changing personnel requirements to allow for growth, Jubilate has members who are high school age to individuals who are retired. Although the choir strives to sing a cappella, it is often accompanied by piano or organ.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7 p.m.-9 p.m. | Sunday morning warm up at 10:15 a.m.
Repertoire: Emphasis on chant, early music, classical gems, and newly written church anthems. (Thomas Tallis, W.A. Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Healey Willan)
Requirements: Reading music is not necessary but there will be a focus on learning how to read music. A desire to listen to the music as a form of practice outside of rehearsals is encouraged.

morningSong

Growing tremendously over the past year because of the parish’s history of musical theatre, St. Timothy’s morningSong brings a contemporary sound to the traditional Episcopal service by providing music with a variety of styles from “rock/pop” to gospel and jazz. The instrumental ensemble that accompanies morningSong is comprised of our director of music on the piano, as well as additional volunteers on guitars, bass, and drums. Proudly intergenerational, we welcome musicians of all ages and levels.
Rehearsals: Thursdays 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. | Sunday morning warm up at 8 a.m.
Repertoire: Emphasis on Gospel, Folk, and Con-temporary Christian. (Jeffery Ames, Chris Tomlin)
Requirements: Reading music is not necessary but there will be a focus on learning how to read music. A desire to listen to the music as a form of practice outside of rehearsals is encouraged.

St. Timothy’s Choral Scholars

A program founded by the Director of Music, St. Timothy’s Choral Scholars draws singers from the area’s top high school and college programs, giving students the opportunity, competitive pay, and experience to sing professionally. This choir is St. Timothy’s only auditioned choir. The Scholars are a roster of paid singers who are on-call to supplement Jubilate and morningSong throughout the year and become over a third of the full Choir at St. Timothy’s for High Holy Days.
Rehearsals: The scholars typically come in on a need-basis and sight read with minimal rehearsal
Requirements: Excellent sight reading skills and strong vocal technique. Must be able to lead a section and sing solos or lead the chanting of Psalms. Auditions are by appointment with the Director of Music.

THE CHOIRS AT ST. TIMOTHY’S 2017-18 BOARD OF ADVISORS:
Susan Cyr, Carolyn Hunt, David Macmillan, Patril Southworth, Jenny Suh, and Kathy Wraith

 

MUSIC @ ST. TIMOTHY’S CONCERT SERIES

Presenting affordable, compelling, and relevant concerts

Mission & History

Beginning with a love for choral music and the desire to inspire students of choral music, the series artistic director, Darita Seth, started the Music @ St. Timothy’s Concert Series with the Christmas Festival of Chamber Choirs. It was with the vision of bringing together students of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and income together to create breathtakingly beautiful music without the environment of competition. It was a hit. Since then, with some strong connections through the network of the musical realm, St. Timothy’s became a place to host concerts of different genres, instrumentation, and from musicians from all over the world.

Notable Concert Series Artists and Presentations

  • Christmas Festival of Chamber Choirs
  • Evensong with VOCES8
  • Jared Mahone House Concert
  • The Contemporary Countertenor

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Ministry Opportunities

  • Series Underwriters
  • Hospitality Coordinators
  • Host Homes
  • Stage Technicians
  • Ticket sales
  • Marketing
  • Stage Managers
  • Event Setup and Takedown

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC: DARITA M. SETH
Darita Seth was appointed Director of Music at St. Timothy’s in the summer of 2016. He is one of the Bay Area’s most in-demand countertenors whose voice has been featured in choral ensembles such as Chanticleer, soundingLight, AireBorn, RSVP, and Gaude. He keeps a full studio of private voice students and is in demand as a choral clinician in the Bay Area. He also plays piano and organ at St. Timothy’s and will be pursuing a Masters of Music Education and California Teaching Credential in 2018.
Email: DMSeth@SaintTimothysDanville.org