The Cathedral grounds and Pastors Office are now open. Masks are encouraged. Please practice social distancing and avoid gathering in groups.

Music Department

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On Sunday, September 13 at 7:30pm we are pleased to host world-famous organist Nathan Laube for our Sunset Organ Vespers.  For more information of how to watch online, or even attend in person, see our event page here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/443525646554706/

 

During the pandemic, we are keeping a close eye on what is considered to be safe or risky related to music.  We are exploring creative ways to bring people together through sacred music and worship.  On-line projects will leave some people out for technological (or preference) reasons, though are completely safe, and have the silver lining of allowing us to connect over distance to musicians who moved away.  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. We will not pursue a project that is not designed to take those safety measures and respect CDC and other government guidelines.

This fall we expect to:

  • Create virtual singing and band projects.
  • Meet outdoors in person and sing through masks.

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

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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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