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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 you praise the Lord in any or all of the ways the psalmist describes.
Beyond raising your voice as one “in the pews” in worship via the singing of hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs, 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, open to high school juniors and older, sings each Sunday of the program year (mid-September through mid-June), on Christmas Eve, on Maundy Thursday, and for occasional concerts or other services. Ability to read music makes for ease of progress, but, it is not a requirement. If you are able to match and maintain pitch, you 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 2017-2018 season, the regular Chancel Choir schedule is to be present on Sundays for warm-up at 9:15 a.m., sing the 10:00 a.m. service, and, following that service (except for the first Sunday of the month), rehearse music for upcoming services or concerts (note: there is time for all to enjoy fellowship at coffee hour). Some rehearsals will take place on Thursday evenings, these to provide times for deeper exploration of the music and to prepare for special times such as Cantata Sunday, Christmas Eve, Holy Week, and Easter. Note: even if you are not able to sing for the entire season, participation as your schedule allows is more than welcome.
The second is to offer your gifts and abilities as an instrumentalist. Things such as, but not limited to, 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 two 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. 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 families may e-mail her
for more information.
The Youth Choir is open to all youth in grades seven through twelve. The choir rehearses on Sunday mornings (exact times and dates t.b.d.) and sings on a regular basis (approximately once per month) in the 10:00 a.m. service. In addition, 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 that provide a strong foundation for music in worship and for wider community programs. 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.