On Sunday, January 5, 2020, we welcomed Hallie Stotler who is helping us build our own youth choir! The choir, for children 7 and older, meets most Sundays immediately after Sunday School until 11:45 am. Children will explore a range of musical styles and have opportunities to sing in both the 9:30 am and 11:15 am services at St. Ann’s. Hallie is completing a Masters in Music Education. She is a member of a band, teaches music in NYC schools and has a lifelong love of music in the folk and Episcopal Church traditions. Choir is free of charge for children in the parish and wider community.
Last fall, on October 5, 2019, the children presented their original “Song of Francis” during the St. Francis Day celebrations, which concluded the Instruments of Peace series devoted to St. Francis and his concerns for peace. The singers flew the bird puppets they made in honor of St. Francis and his love for all animals. The words of the song follow:
We care for everyone, and everything
We care for the earth for the earth has everything.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Let me spread kindness on the wings of a dove.
If someone needs shelter, let me receive.
Make me an instrument of your peace.
Music at the 11:15 am Holy Eucharist
Music is an integral part of parish worship. It fortifies and deepens the words of hymns that we sing and inspires our participation in worship. Director of Music and Organist, Gregory D’Agostino, plays the landmark 1925 E.M. Skinner pipe organ, which, along with voices of our regular singers, illuminates the liturgy and enhance the beauty of our 11:15 am Holy Eucharist. Guest singers and other artists frequently provide variety and inspiration to our worship as well as to informal gatherings.