MUSIC

MUSIC

Our Music Program

Music plays an essential role in our congregation and our engagement with our community.  Our worship experience is enhanced by the professional quality of our dedicated musicians.  For many years, we have provided weekly Concerts on the Square featuring a wide range of musical performances. 

Our Choir

Our choir consists of professional and volunteer singers who provide music for the 11:00 AM service most Sundays.  We sing a wide range of repertoire spanning the last 600 years of choral music and drawing heavily on the Anglican choral tradition as well as American composers of the last century.  In addition to Sunday mornings, our choir sings for special services at Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter.  If you are interested in singing with our choir, please contact Donald Meineke. 

Our Organ Project

In October 2017 the Church received a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation of Philadelphia to replace the gallery organ (located in the rear of the church) with a superior instrument, the Möller Opus 8128, originally housed at First Baptist Church at 17th and Sansom.  The Möller Opus 8128 was a prominent fixture in the Philadelphia organ world. It is an instrument of renowned musical quality and singular significance in the history of this city.  The chancel divisions of our organ are simultaneously being renovated and restored using pipes from our previous gallery instrument, including

several ranks from the Roosevelt organ dating from the late 19th century.  Pre-installation work on the building and organ chambers is underway and we expect installation of the organs to begin soon. 

Our Carillon (Bells)

In 1883 a 25-bell carillon, cast in Belgium, was given to the church by Joseph E. Temple as a memorial to his wife Martha Anna Kirtley Temple, one of the church's first members. Mr. Temple was a dry goods merchant in the city, but never attended a service or was a member of the church. It was restored in 2000 by a generous gift from Emilie DeHellebranth, parishioner. It is the oldest manually operated carillon in North America.