Special Musical Events 2017 

Anthem Premiere for All Souls

By Michael Diorio

For the past several seasons now, on the first Sunday in November, we have offered an evening service to commemorate the celebration of All Souls. This service features prayers and music befitting the feast day, with readings intended as responses to three basic human questions: What does it mean to live in time? What does it mean to have a soul? What does it mean to belong to another?

In that light, we are delighted to announce that The Redeemer music program has commissioned a new anthem set to a text by American poet Sarah Teasdale. We will premiere this new composition at our All Souls’ service.

The composer we chose is Thomas LaVoy, an incredible talent and thoughtful musician whose works we have performed for the past several years at The Redeemer. Thomas is an award-winning American composer and a graduate of Westminster Choir College, with a Ph.D in composition from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. His choral works have been premiered, performed, and recorded by choirs all over the world, including commissions for the BBC Singers.

We hope you will join us to be among the first to hear this beautiful work, and witness how it correlates with the expression of our All Souls observance. The text is a petition for constancy through life’s passages, and calls to mind that suspension of time when we are in that realm that is beyond living and dying. Here is the full text of Sarah Teasdale’s poem:

If I must go to heaven’s end
Climbing the ages like a stair,
Be near me, and forever bend
With the same eyes above me there.
Time will fly past us like leaves flying,
We shall not heed, for we shall be
Beyond living, beyond dying,
Knowing and known unchangeably.

Please join us on Sunday, November 4, at 5PM for this annual service of remembrance.

Second Sunday Evensongs

By Michael Diorio

This season will feature a new offering for evening worship. Beginning in October, and continuing through the program year, we will hold Choral Evensong at 5pm on the second Sunday of each month. This service will be in addition to our regular Sunday worship schedule, and will feature a rotation of our various choral ensembles at The Redeemer. 
It is our hope that our Evensongs will not only offer a meaningful supplement to our morning services, but will also provide a convenient time for families who are unable to attend the morning service to still experience The Redeemer, amidst our families’ densely scheduled weekends.  
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. 
These Evensongs are in addition to our services for both All Souls and Lessons & Carols.
October: Chancel Choir
     All Souls Service, November 4 at 5
November: Redeemer Choristers
December: Women of the Choirs
     Lessons & Carols, December 16 at 7
January: Redeemer Choir
February: Redeemer Choristers
March: Staff Singers
April: Congregational Evensong
May: Schola and Redeemer Choir
Meet Our New Organ Scholar

Adrian Binkley

The Michael Stairs Organ Scholar, named in honor of Michael Stairs, and in recognition of his history as a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, will be a position at The Redeemer intended for an undergraduate organ major at Curtis. The position will enable the student to receive practical and immersive experience in a parish church setting. This is something that not many organ students receive as part of their regular scholastic training. The organ scholar will accompany rehearsals, learn to work with children and adults of varying abilities and gifts, and will share in the service-playing responsibilities. Along with programmatic training and schedule logistics, these practical experiences will prepare the organ student to enter into a parish music program with a deeper understanding and greater sensibility as they begin their professional career. We have chosen our organ scholar for the next season, and would very much like to introduce you to him:

Adrian Binkley is a first-year student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, and is an alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. He graduated with honors and received both a Fine Arts Award in Organ and one of two Presidential Young Scholar Awards in academics. At Interlochen he studied organ with Tom Bara, Organ Instructor and Assistant Director of Music at Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp.

At Curtis, he studies organ with Alan Morrison, the Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies, and piano with Dr. Yu Xi Wang. While at home in Madison, Wisconsin, Adrian studies organ with Samuel Hutchison, Principal Organist for the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and he studies piano with Bill Lutes.

Adrian has received academic and musical merit scholarships and has performed in concerts at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and more. His performances have also been broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio and Philadelphia Public Radio. While not playing organ or piano, Adrian enjoys researching history, studying mathematics and programming, reading, and running. In August of 2017 Adrian will being serving as the first Michael Stairs Organ Scholar at Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, PA.