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During the pandemic, we are keeping a close eye on what is considered to be safe or risky within the production of music.  This coming academic year, we will try various creative ways to bring people together through sacred music and worship.  We acknowledge that on-line projects will leave some people out for technological (or preference) reasons while they also have the silver lining of allowing more of us to connect over great distances.  On the flip side, it is increasingly apparent that in-person projects – even with many safety measures – will carry some amount of risk that will be up to the individual participants to assess.  Within reason – we will not pursue a project that doesn’t already do its best to take those safety measures and respect CDC and other government guidelines.

At the moment, most of our community music is taking place online through “virtual band” projects with the Informal Family Service.  If you are relatively confident with your ability to record to a click track at home and want to take part, please contact Graham.Bier@bacathedral.org

Other broader projects with technical support will be offered during the regular choir season likely including but not limited to:

  • Virtual Choir projects (record at home or with help in a sanitized distanced “studio”, combined through software).
    • Zoom and YouTube rehearsals leading up to this.
  • Singing outdoors in smaller groups.
    • Investigating singing through masks.
    • Following the science on how safest (distance, layout, length) to sing outdoors without masks.

We hope you stay safe, and we miss making music together as of old.  Looking forward to a future where that becomes possible again.  For now, we hope everyone stays safe both physically, and spiritually.

For a list of musicians at upcoming services, click here.

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Overview

Bryn Athyn Church benefits from a vibrant musical community with singers and instrumentalists at all levels.  There are many ways to get involved in the church music scene here, including choirs, bands, and instrumental groups.  In addition to festival services, we offer four regular services on Sundays throughout the year, each with their own style of music and worship:

9:20 am  – Informal Family Service in Heilman Hall

This service features Contemporary Christian music led by a varying team of musicians often including guitar, piano, and bass.  It opens with ten minutes of music, and also includes three songs in the body of the service.  On a given Sunday, most or all of the music is sing-along.

9:30 am  – Family Service in the Cathedral

A more traditional service, the music is supported by the organist, and includes four hymns as well as two other short selections.  The service is preceded by meditative preludes starting at 9:20, and followed by a postlude.

10:00 am  – Young Children’s Church in the Council Chamber

This service is aimed at families with very young children, and the regular musician is a pianist.  There are three children’s hymns, as well as several minutes of preludes before the service and a postlude at the end.

11:00 am  – Adult Service in the Cathedral

The most formal of the services, this is another service primarily supported by the organ.  It is preceded by meditative preludes starting at 10:40, and includes four hymns, an interlude, and a postlude, as well as an Office with selections sung by the congregation.  Guest musicians often bring variety alongside the customary organ music, and this service is the home of the Cathedral Choir.

For a list of upcoming musicians, click here.

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