The Bethesda Choir is an auditioned choir, under the leadership of Harold Pysher, Associate for Music and Liturgy. Our choir is well known and respected in the community for its fine singing and musicianship. While the choir offers music from all time periods and nationalities, much of its repertoire is derived from music written for the Anglican Church; composers such as Britten, Howells, Stanford, and Vaughan Williams are well represented during a choir season.
Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from September through May. The choir sings on Sunday mornings at the 11:00 a.m. service, as well as at services on many Feast Days and Holy Days. From October through May, the choir provides leadership in our First-Sunday-of-the-month Evensong. There are generally several services during the year at which the choir sings music of a larger scale—sometimes with orchestral accompaniment. The Bethesda Choir is the centerpiece of our annual Christmas Concert and Community Carol Sing and also plays a major role in our Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival.
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Our new-formed Cantate Choir is under the leadership of Jessica Hitchcock. This intergenerational choir is open to adults of all ages and to youth as young as 3rd grade. Singles, couples, children, and parents with their children can all participate. There is no audition—everyone is welcome! Cantate Choir provides musical leadership at our 9 o'clock services.
Cantate Choir rehearsal is one of four "tracks" during our exciting Wednesday evening gatherings. The evening begins with a community supper at 6 p.m. There is something for everyone during the Wednesday night offerings (6:30-7:40), so parents who are not participating with their children in Cantate Choir have three other options within the same time period. We all gather in the church at the end of the evening for a beautiful, quiet service of Compline, and the evening ends at 8 p.m.
The Cantate Choir also gathers on Sunday mornings to warm up and prepare for the 9:00 service.
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