I Will Sing of Mercy and of Justice

- Psalm 101:1


Music offers us the rare opportunity to be simultaneously in communion with ourselves, our neighbors, and with God. Whether we are singing or listening, engagement in sacred music allows us to realize our beliefs in the world, and to engage in a community forged in music and the spirit. At. St. David’s, we believe that our music-making is both an expression of God as immanent love, as well as a proper “sacrifice of praise,” following Søren Kierkegaard’s metaphor that, in the theatre of worship, the liturgical leaders are the prompters, the congregants are the actors, and our audience is God.


Recognizing that God is present both in our interactions with each other and as a recipient of praise, VoicesRise 052817-81we strive to offer joyful noise to the best of our abilities. For over a century, St. David’s has maintained excellence in the choral tradition that is at the heart of Anglican music. The Choir of St. David’s provides the backbone of this musical leadership, singing at Sunday services from September through Trinity Sunday. We also provide opportunities for children, youth, and adults of all ages to participate musically in worship.


We invite you to take a moment to explore the musical offerings presented by St. David’s. In addition to the details listed below, you can find a comprehensive annual report detailing the impact of the music program on the parish and the Baltimore community at large via this link. Each Sunday during the program year (September-May), learn about the music presented in worship in Sundays in Song, or visit the Instruments of the Parish used in worship and the Ensembles of the Parish which offer music throughout the year. Read about the St. David's Music Series, which offers a wide range of special events, including a First Friday Concert series, an Evensong series, Lessons and Carols, Music for Good Friday, and the Baltimore Bach Marathon, a Baltimore tradition for 44 years. This year we will also be offering a special celebration honoring the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on October 29th, 2017.

You can also learn about the many programs through which St. David's engages with the community, including the Composer-in-Residence and Ensemble-in-Residence programs, which supports emerging and established artists and shares their work with the Baltimore community. Find out about VoicesRise 052817-58the many forms of Outreach with which the musicians of the parish are involved, including performances at retirement communities, education initiatives for high school students at schools without music programs, and the newly-formed street choir Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope, a partnership between St. David's, Paul's Place, Inc., and the Peabody Conservatory.

If you're excited about these offerings, then know that we're excited to involve you! If you'd like to make music in worship, you can Volunteer to sing, ring, play, or participate in a number of ways. You can also find out how you can Support the music program to ensure that St. David's continues to bring music to all of God's children – no exceptions. Should you have any questions, or are interested in becoming involved, please do not hesitate to sign up for Music Series Updates, or contact our Director of Music Ministries, Dr. Douglas Buchanan, at dbuchanan@stdavidsrolandpark.com.


We look forward to singing with you!

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