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!
Let everything that breathes 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.
For more information, please contact Jason Charneski, Director of Music and Organist, 914-967-0842, ext. 16, or send him an .
The Chancel Choir, open to all persons high-school age and up, 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 participate. The Chancel Choir is fortunate 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.
The Chancel Choir’s regular schedule is Sunday-centered. The usual routine is to begin with warm-up at 9:15 a.m., sing the 10:00 a.m. service, and then have the weekly 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 following the 10:00 a.m. service). If you are not able to sing the entire season, participation as your schedule allows is more than welcome. A few rehearsals take place on weekday evenings or Saturday mornings to allow for rehearsing with additional singers or instrumentalists for special events such as Cantata Sunday or concerts.
For information on joining the Chancel Choir, click here.
Consider offering 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.
Please let Jason Charneski know of your interest. 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 .
The words, “Let’s start at the very beginning,” penned for use in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, make perfect sense now at Rye Presbyterian Church, especially as there are so many young children who have become a part of this community in these post-pandemic days! Thus, we’re going to build anew music programs for children and youth by starting with the youngest.
Our goal is to immerse children and their parents in the creativity of music-making within the context of community. We are developing a once-per-week after-school music time for children in the nursery school. In addition, music will be a feature monthly in Sunday School classes and in the every-other-month Children’s Chapel sessions. We’ll experience the wonderful energy of singing and moving together, of listening to and encouraging one another. In so doing, new generations will come to know, love, and then share the greater song of faith. Please contact Jason Charneski to learn more.
Organs and other Instruments
A magnificent Casavant Frères pipe organ (built and installed in 1981), 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.