Music forms an integral part of our worship at St. Barnabas. The work of the Director of Music, who is also the organist, together with that of the choir, is integrated with the work of the clergy, the servers, and all the laity, in offering our worship in the liturgy of the Sung Mass at the 10:30 AM service each Sunday, as well as at the important festivals of the Christian Church when services fall on other days.
It has been said that “to sing is to pray twice.” The experience of singing adds an indescribable dimension to the experience of the liturgy. The choir sings music ranging from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-first century, including the music of the Mass, the motets, and other service music. Our music is enriched from time to time by vocal and instrumental soloists, both from the ranks of the choir and from other musicians who join us from time to time. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings for most of the year, as well as prior to all services. Some singers have been with the choir for many years, while others have joined more recently. At present our choir is greatly enriched by the contributions of our Choral Scholars, music students who offer the benefits of their talent, their training, and their enthusiasm, and enable us to perform a wider repertoire of sacred music. To sing in St. Barnabas’ choir is a discipline and an adventure. Anyone who might like to undertake this adventure with us should talk to our Music Director, Marco Vitale.
Our music director, Marco Vitale.
On the left, our Choral Scholars recording Lessons and Motets for Advent video. Click here to view.