Music

Loved and appreciated by parishioners and people throughout the wider community, our internationally-recognized music program is well known for its contribution to the advancement of Anglican music.  An 18-voice professional choir, a volunteer choir, and a children's choir participate in services on Sundays and on other occasions.  Several times a year, special programs of religious music are offered and open to the community.  For more information, please contact Bruce Barber by filling out this contact form.

Our Director of Music, Bruce J. Barber II

It is with great pleasure that we announce the calling of Bruce J. Barber II to serve on our staff as the Director of Music of Christ Church Christiana Hundred.  Bruce becomes the fifth organist for Christ Church in the 102 years of our endowed ministry of music. In August 2015, Bruce began his ministry here as Interim Director of Music and Organist.  Prior to that, Bruce served as Director of Cathedral Music of St. James Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois from March 2004 until February 2015; as Canon Precentor & Director of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral Church of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico from May 1994 until March of 2004; and as Parish Musician at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport, Connecticut from July 1984 until May 1994.

Trained as a choral and orchestral conductor, an organist and cellist, Bruce holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (1982, Music) from Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida and a Master of Music Degree (1984) from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.  His primary teachers have included Alexander Anderson (at Rollins) and Dr. Robert S. Baker and Dr. Gerre E. Hancock (at Yale).

As an orchestral musician, Bruce has performed with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Symphony Orchestra, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of such notable maestros as Riccardo Muti, Bernard Haitink, James Conlon, David Zinman, Helmuth Rilling, Semyon Byshkov, Charles Dutoit, and Michael Tilson Thomas.  An avid conductor, he has conducted a wide range of sacred music, orchestral literature, and concerto repertoire ranging from Bach to Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart, Brahms to Duruflé, Bernstein and Stravinsky.

In 2010, the Cathedral Choir of St. James Cathedral released its first recording in over 25 years under Bruce’s direction, Arise, Shine! (MSR Classics), which has garnered high praise in national reviews.  He has made two CD recordings with the Musicians of St. John’s Cathedral, To the Creator of Light: Choral Music from the Cathedral Church of St. John and All This Time: Music for Advent and Christmas, both of which have been critically acclaimed as well.  While in New Mexico, the St. John’s Cathedral Choir was directed by such notable Anglican choral directors as Dr. Gerre Hancock, Sir David Willcocks, Dr. Murray Forbes Somerville, and Bruce Neswick.

His professional affiliations are as a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians for which he has served as the Region V Coordinator and as a member and Past Dean of the American Guild of Organists.

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