The Choirs

How Our Choirs Are Configured

All are welcome to sing! If reading music isn’t your thing, hopefully matching pitch is!

  • Cherub Choir (kindergarten through 3rd grade)
  • Resident Training ChoirRTC”  (3rd grade through 5th grade)
  • Redeemer Choristers (6th grade through 8th grade)
  • Schola (high school and boys with changed voices)
  • Redeemer Choir (college age and up)
  • Chancel Choir (college age and up)
     

Rehearsal Schedule

  • Cherub Choir: Wednesday, 4:00pm—4:45pm in the Chapel
  • Resident Training Choir: Wednesday, 5:00pm—6:30pm in the Chapel
  • Redeemer Choristers: Wednesday, 5:00pm—6:30pm in the Choir Room
  • Schola: Wednesday, 7:00—8:15 in the Choir Room
  • Redeemer Choir: Wednesday, 7:00–8:30pm in the Choir Room
  • Chancel Choir: Sunday mornings, 10:30am—11:00 in the Choir Room

 

Singing Schedule

  • Cherubs: once monthly at the 9am service
  • RTC: first and third Sunday, at the 9am service
  • Redeemer Choristers: first and third Sunday at the 9am service (Evensongs and concerts separate)
  • Schola: second and fourth Sunday at the 9am service (Evensongs and concerts separate)
  • Redeemer Choir: weekly, at the 9am service (Evensongs and concerts separate)
  • Chancel Choir: weekly at the 11:15am service of Choral Matins (except for second Sundays)
     

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Approach to Choirs at The Redeemer

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The choirs singing in Kilkenny Cathedral while on 2016 Music & Mission Trip.

The choirs at The Redeemer are all part of our identity as an Episcopal parish within the Diocese of Pennsylvania. It is important to know that even though we are part of a specific faith-based organization, we have participants (both youth and adult) who are from varying religious backgrounds such as Jewish, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox, Baptist, and Presbyterian to name a few.

We encourage this diversity in backgrounds, especially in the children’s programs. This notion is at the very heart of Church of the Redeemer: “there are no insiders and outsiders......Our churchyard, our church building, our facilities, our programs, our ministries, and our worship are open to all, because openness without limitation is the keenest form of spiritual alertness”. However, we do not indoctrinate our participants or sway their faith leanings one way or the other. Rather, we have an organic approach as to how people come to feel about their own beliefs through their involvement in our parish.

The choirs for the children and teens are designed not just to teach how to sing, but how to approach music; to develop a better understanding and ability to use music theory, knowledge of music history, increase the ability of the their vocal skills, and to nurture their social and leadership skills within the group, giving them a better understanding of themselves & those around them.

The children and adults experience opportunities for outreach, for mission work, travel abroad, professional-level concerts, and for the enjoyment of fellowship within the groups; forming friendships and linking bonds that last a very long time.

Contact Organist & Director of Music Dr. Michael Diorio for an audition appointment.

Morning Service, Evensongs, and Special Offerings

Because we are blest with so many ensembles at The Redeemer, we rotate the youth choirs as well as the adults groups, from time to time. The main morning service is our 9am Service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II. At this service the Redeemer Choir always sings, but we rotate the youth choirs for this service. 1st and 3rd Sundays for  Choristers and RTC, and 2nd and 4th Sundays for the Schola. The Cherubs will sing about once a month at the 9am service. The Chancel Choir serves at the 11:15am Choral Matins service on every Sunday, except for the second Sunday, when Evensong is schedule for 5pm that afternoon. The choirs for Evensongs are also varied:

Beginning in October, and continuing through the program year, we will hold Choral Evensong at 5pm on the second Sunday of each month. Evensong is part of the Daily Office, the late-day counterpart to Morning Prayer. It is a non-Eucharistic choral service that offers hymnody, psalms, lessons appointed for the evening, choral canticles and anthems.  This service is also ideal for those who would like to experience the fullness of a Sunday liturgical expression without encountering repetition, as the readings and music for Evening prayer are entirely different from those appointed for the morning. 

The Redeemer in the evening is a totally different experience; the church space presages a hallowed experience. The lighting, the spaces, and the stillness of the sanctuary all beckon us to experience a deeper awareness of the sacred.  We hope that you will choose to attend a few or ALL of the following Choral Evensongs. All Evensongs are at 5pm unless otherwise noted:

October 13: Chancel Choir

November 3: All Souls Service

November:10 Choristers

December 8: Women of the Choirs

December 15: Lessons & Carols, 7pm

January 12: Staff Singers

February 9: Church Farm School, and Redeemer

March 8: Choristers

March 21 & 22: Winter Concert (all but Cherubs)

April 12: No Evensong Scheduled (Easter Day)

May 10: Congregational Evensong

May 17: Annual Garden Party, 4pm