Job opportunity: St. Barnabas Choral Scholars
St. Barnabas Anglican Church, has a rich and diverse Anglo-Catholic tradition in choral music. Repetoire ranges from Gregorian chant to polyphonic works spanning six centuries. The parish and choir support four choral scholars helping them as post-secondary students as they study the choral art.
Positions run from September through April. Attendance at Thursday evening rehearsals, Sunday morning mass, and occasional seasonal services or providing a subtitute is required. Apply to the Director.
Director of Music
Our Music Director from Sept. 2014 to Feb. 2017 was Dr. Adam Jonathan Con, an Assistant Professor at the UVic School of Music. Along with his university work, training the next generation of music teachers and directing the UVic Chorus and UVic Orchestra, he is in high demand for choral workshops, festivals, and music conferences across the continent.
The Choirs of Saint Barnabas Church
There are two choirs at St. Barnabas: the Sanctuary Choir and the Compline Choir. The Santuary Choir, which sings at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, rehearses on Thursday evening. They engage a challenging repertoire of material including Motets and parts of the Ordinary of the Mass (such as the Sanctus). St. Barnabas also has available funds to provide choral scholarships for young singers. If you are interested in joining the Sanctuary Choir or in applying for a choral scolarship, please enquire after Sunday Mass.
The Compline Choir sings at the Candlelight Compline service held monthly on the third Sunday of the month at 8 p.m. This choir consists of 10 to 12 very experienced and skilled singers who are well-versed in singing plainchant. This choir meets for an hour and a half before the service to rehearse two motets which are sung at the service.
Hymnal: The New English Hymnal, publ. 1986
Psalm Settings: The Canadian Psalter, publ. 1963
The Plainsong Psalter, publ. 1988
Psalms for Worship, George Black, publ. 2005
Alleluias: Taken from the English Gradual (Part II)
Mass Settings: John Taverner (1490-1545)
Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
G.P. da Palestrina (1526-1594)
Orlando di Lasso (1530-1594)
T.L. di Victoria (1548-1611)
Lodovico Viadana (c. 1560-1627)
Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)
Claudio Casciolini (1697-1760)
Charles Wood (1866-1926)
Healey Willan (1880-1968)
Harold Darke (1888-1976)
Herbert Sumsion (1899-1995)
Walter MacNutt (1910-1996)
Frances Jackson (1917- )
Peter Aston (1938- )
We also use several plainchant mass settings.
Motets: Each Sunday the choir sings a different mass, motet and Psalm setting. The masses and motets are from diverse musical stules with the bulk of the repertoirefromthe 16thand 17thcentury composers. The psalms settings include Candaian 4-part choral settings,plainchant settings, and special settings by composer, George Black. Most of the music is sung in the a capella repertoire tradition with occasional pieces with organ accompaniment.
Choir: The choir presently consists of eighteen capable singers who come from diverse singing and musical backgrounds. Currently, there are six sopranos, four altos, three tenors, and six basses. While reading music is helpful due to the volume of choral music sung at each service, Dr. Con does spend time helping individuals to learn parts.
Our one-manual organ of 362 pipes was built by John Brombaugh & Associates, Inc. (fl. 1968-2005) of Eugene, Oregon. This was the last of a batch of six built to this design, their opus 31, and was awaiting a good home when we went looking. It was installed in December 1990 and was first used on Christmas Eve.
The organ is modelled on north German organs of the 17th century and is tuned in Kellner's 1/5 comma "Bach" temperament. Its case is of fumed Appalacian white oak, western red cedar, zebra wood and ebony. Oak carvings above the facade pipes represent acanthus leaves, vinca and plum blossoms, all of which happen to grow near the church.
Listen to our Choir