Music at St. Michael’s

Liturgical music reinforces prayer and is an integral part of worship. The holy blend of sacred text and sacred music, integrated within the liturgy, can transform those who sing and those who listen at their deepest levels.

The word “liturgy” is derived from two Greek words — laos (people or multitude) and ergon (work). The roots of the word imply the concept of communal action rather than individual or personal show. Within the liturgical context, an opportunity exists to transcend the commonplace to the mysterious and sacred.

The sung ritual of faith sums up and reaffirms the spiritual aspirations of a parish.
St. Michael’s Parish has enjoyed a long commitment to Anglican music during its 266-year history, and we continue that commitment by offering ourselves in the work of worship. Hymns, psalms, anthems–all are present in the service to reinforce the Word and to glorify God.

St. Michael’s Choir is a community of singers with a commitment to musical excellence. Our ministry is centered around the Sunday morning service and special days in the liturgical year. We also offer to the community a musical program which reflects our mission, through regular choral concerts, instrumental recitals and other musical presentations and workshops.

The choir is open to singers ages 16 and older; all degrees of experience are welcomed. A love of singing and a commitment to service are the only requirements for membership. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Music Room, next to the Parish Office. The choir sings for the 10:00 a.m. service each Sunday from September through the early June, as well as for special services such as Christmas Eve and Ash Wednesday.

For those who are new to choral singing, we provide extra vocal technique sessions and private rehearsal time with the music director, Dr. Marguerite Mullee, to help ease into the schedule. To request more information or to join the choir, contact Marguerite at music@stmichaels-litchfield.org.

St. Michael's choir in rehearsal, May 2010

St. Michael's Choir and Youth Choir at the High Altar, April 2012

The Choir of St. Michael’s and the Youth Choir, Easter Day, 2012