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.

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 prepare and sing a large quantity of music for each Sunday mass and each seasonal festival, ranging from 14th century works to newly-composed).

The Compline Choir sings the monthly Candlelight Compline service, held third Sundays at 8 p.m. This choir of 10 to 12 skilled singers meet before the service to prepare two motets and the plainsong liturgy.

Choral Repetoire

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

Introits and

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.

Pipe Organ

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

Ave Maria - Josquin des Prez
Come I pray Thee
Adoramus Te - Palestrina