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Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!
Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with clanging cymbals…
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
--from Psalm 150
RPC’s music ministry strives to embody what the psalmist implores: ALL are to praise God. Thus, it is collective and continual; meaning, it is made all the more complete and enriched when we praise the Lord in all of the ways the psalmist describes.
Beyond raising our voices as those “in the pews,” there are many ways for you – child or adult – to participate.
The first is to be a part of the Chancel Choir. The Chancel Choir sings each Sunday of the program year (approximately nine months), on the great festivals of the church year, and for occasional concerts or other services. Ability to read and “speak” the basics of the language of music (being able to identify simple notations of pitch and rhythm) makes for ease of progress; but, those who do not yet know the language of music, yet are able to match and maintain pitch, are most welcome to give it a try. The Chancel Choir is blessed to have section leaders (a core of professional musicians) who assist and help to inspire all singers and, by extension, all who worship at RPC.
For the 2018-2019 program year, the Chancel Choir’s regular schedule will be Sunday-centered: Warm-up at 9:15 a.m., sing the 10:00 a.m. service, and rehearsal from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (note: there is time for all to enjoy a bit of fellowship at coffee hour). If you are not able to sing the entire season, participation as your schedule allows is more than welcome. A few rehearsals will take place on weekday evenings or Saturday mornings, these to allow for rehearsing with orchestra and for more focus on music for Christmas, a concert with the choir of Christ’s Church, and Holy Week and Easter.
The second is to offer your gifts and abilities as an instrumentalist. Things such as playing an obbligato instrument part for an anthem or hymn arrangement, playing the prelude to worship, or playing during the sharing of the elements of Holy Communion testify to the wonderful diversity of sounds that can be employed to praise the Lord.
If these opportunities speak to you, please let Jason Charneski, Director of Music and Organist, know. He will be happy to talk with you and answer your questions. Please speak with him when you are at the church, call him at 914-967-0842, ext. 16, or send him an e-mail: .
The Children's Choir is open to all first through sixth graders. The choir rehearses on Thursdays from 3:45-4:30 p.m. and sings on a regular basis (approximately once per month) in the 10:00 a.m. service, offering their own anthem and joining the Chancel Choir in appropriate service music. In addition, the Children’s Choir participates in the annual Christmas Pageant. As members of the children's choir, children make new friends, develop their musical and performance skills, learn about the Christian faith, and serve the church community through the arts. This choir is directed by Lisa Rawson. Interested famillies may e-mail Lisa for more information.
The Youth Choir is open to all youth in grades seven through twelve. The choir rehearses on Sunday mornings and sings on a regular basis (approximately once per month) in the 10:00 a.m. service. In addition to singing in worship, the Youth Choir leads the carol singing at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, collaborates with the Chancel Choir, and participates in a live nativity on Christmas Eve. Members of the Youth Choir develop their musical and performance skills, learn more about the musical aspect of the Christian faith, have opportunities to use their instrumental skills, and make new friends while serving the church community through the arts. (Service hours are available.) This choir is directed by Lisa Rawson. Interested families may e-mail Lisa for more information.
Organs and other Instruments. A magnificent Casavant Frères pipe organ, a Steinway concert grand piano, and a Broekmann harpsichord are three instruments in the sanctuary provide a firm foundation for music in worship and in concert. For a list of stops and more detailed information about the sanctuary organ, please click here. A small pipe organ, also by Casavant Frères, and a Kawai baby grand piano fulfill the majority of the accompaniment needs in the Crawford Chapel.
The Casavant Frères, opus 3506, 1982 organ. Photos: Virginia Bender.