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, 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, Lehman
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.