Music at Saint Thomas
"Praise God......With lyre and harp
With timbrel and dance
With strings and pipe
With loud clanging cymbals
Let Everything that has breath praise the Lord. Hallelujah!"
From Psalm 150
While we can all embrace the healing power of silence, the psalmist clearly states that it is sound that leads us to that great Hallelujah! Here at St. Thomas you will experience music that reflects a tradition of excellence and that embraces diversity. The world is becoming smaller, and we look for the very best music that all of our sisters and brothers of faith from around the globe have to offer us.
The St. Thomas Choir, open to all, delights in leading the faithful in Sunday worship, and presents music that is thoughtful and insightful. You will hear a range of styles from the German Baroque to the Wesleys to the American Spirituals. The choir views their mission as offering music that thrills the soul, provides leadership for those in the pews, and supports the clergy. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30.
The children in the Sunday Catechesis of the Good Shepherd class have vocal music time on an weekly basis. The songs reinforce the lesson material, and the children receive instruction in vocal technique that is age appropriate. There are opportunities for them to participate in worship at Christmas and on Youth Sunday in the spring.
There are many occasions where parish and community instrumentalists are invited to play at Sunday worship and at special observances either as soloists or in small ensembles. Metro area instrumentalists are often contracted to play for us on major feast days.
St. Thomas sponsors a concert series showcasing artists that reflect the global diversity that is St. Thomas. Please click here for the complete listing of this season's concerts. The concerts are always at 2 p.m. on Sundays, and all are free and open to the public.
The Johannus digital/pipe organ (2009) has been a wonderful addition to the worship and concert life of the parish. It is a four manual (keyboard) instrument with approximately thirty ranks of speaking pipes. A wide range of music can be played on this organ, and you will hear it weekly at the 10:30 Mass (9:00 in the summer).
If music be the food of love, play on. - "Twelfth Night," William Shakespeare
To learn more about participating in the choir or other musical opportunities at St. Thomas, contact our Music Director, LaDamion Massey, firstname.lastname@example.org