Choral Evensong

Services of Choral Evensong are held at 5:00 PM and are by the Christ Church Choir and Clergy.  A 30-minute Organ Prelude precedes each service of Evensong, beginning at 4:30 PM and features organists from surrounding communities.

Sunday, December 10 (The Second Sunday of Advent)

Advent Lessons & Carols, 5:00 PM
Matin/Vesper Responsories, Lehman 
The Truth from Above, V. Williams
Adam Lay Ybounden, Ledger
Rorate coeli, Nestor
Fuit homo missus a Deo, Palestrina
There is No Rose, 15th Century
Never Weather-Beaten Sail, Shephard
Hymn to the Virgin, Britten

Sunday, February 4, 2018 (The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany): The Choir of St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia

Dr. Darryl Roland, director of music
Matthew Boatmon, assistant organist

Organ Prelude, 4:30 PM
Bruce J. Barber II, organist
Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington, Delaware

Choral Evensong, 5:00 PM
Responses, Radcliffe
Evening Canticles, Williams
Strengthen Ye the Weak Hands, Harris

St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia, has one of the most dynamic choral programs in the city. With choirs for boys, girls, and adults, it is also one of the oldest choral programs in the country. The Boy and Girl Choirs will combine with the Adult Choir for their first appearance at Christ Church Christiana Hundred at this evensong service.

Darryl Roland received his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester and his master's in Organ Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He came to St. Peter’s from St. Mark's Church, Philadelphia, where he started a Choir of Boys and Girls and from St. James School, Philadelphia, where he was a music instructor. Previously, Darryl was the Director of Music at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Morristown, New Jersey, Canon Precentor of the Cathedral Church of St. John, Wilmington, Delaware, and the Founder and Artistic Director of the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware.

Sunday, March 4, 2018 (The Third Sunday in Lent)

Organ Prelude, 4:30 PM
Michael Smith, organist
St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania

Choral Evensong, 5:00 PM
Phos hilaron, Martin
Responses, Caracciolo
Evening Canticles (St. Benedict), Lehman
Hymn to the Creator of Light, Rutter

Michael Smith is the newly appointed Minister of Music at St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh, located in Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania, where he oversees a large music program for the 1300 member parish. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chair of Performing Arts at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr and as Organist/Choirmaster at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont. Before moving to the Philadelphia area, he served as Director of Music at Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts where he held the Pratt Endowed Chair of Music.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (The Fifth Sunday of Easter)

Bruce Neswick, guest conductor
Trinity Cathedral, Portland, Oregon

Service of Easter Lessons & Carols, 5:00 PM
An Easter Carillon, Beck
Quia vidisti me, Thoma, Marenzio
Surrexit pastor bonus, Victoria
He is the Way, Proulx
This is My Commandment, Beaudrot
And I Saw a New Heaven, Bainton
Sing Ye to the Lord, Bairstow

Bruce Neswick enjoys unabated popularity and is in tremendous demand throughout the country as organist, improviser, choral
conductor, clinician, composer, and hymn festival creator and leader. He is a musician whose playing vibrates with energy, is full of radiant color, and always expertly crafted. Mr. Neswick is the Canon for Cathedral Music at Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal) in Portland, Oregon.


Sunday, May 13, 2018 (The Seventh Sunday of Easter): Mother's Day Weekend

Organ Prelude, 4:30 PM
David Schelat, organist
First & Central Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware

Choral Evensong, 5:00 PM
Phos hilaron, Schelat
Responses, Jackson
Evening Canticles in A, Sumsion
As Truly as God is Our Father, Mathias

David Schelat is Director of Music at First & Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware and is president and artistic director of Market Street Music (MSM), a non-profit corporation that creates musical experiences for audiences and musicians in the Delaware Valley. He is a frequent organ recitalist in the United States, and has been heard on the nationally syndicated program on National Public Media, "Pipedreams." He has performed as organist, conductor, or composer for five regional conventions of the AGO, as well as for conferences of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, Organ Historical Society, and National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Sunday, June 3, 2018 (The Second Sunday of Pentecost)

Organ Prelude, 4:30 PM
Louis Perazza, organist
Saint Anthony Parish, Wilmington, Delaware

Choral Evensong, 5:00 PM
O Gladsome Light, Weidner
Responses, Hancock
St. Paul's Service, Howells
Abendlied, Rheinberger

Louis Lawrence Perazza is currently organist and music director of Saint Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Wilmington, Delaware. Louis holds degrees from Temple University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Mr. Perazza has accepted invitations to play recitals at a number of cathedrals and churches here in the United States and in Paris, France. In addition to playing the organ, Louis is also a professional flutist.