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Signups for the Shepherd and Angel Choir for Tableaux are open, and the deadline is the day before Thanksgiving.  Write to Graham.Bier@bacathedral.org if you want to find out more.

Note that our Choral Advent Vespers this year will be on a Saturday: December 7 at 7:30 pm.  The choir is working on “Carols From Around the World” representing beautiful melodies and Christmas traditions from all over Christendom.  Save the date and please come share these beloved (but less familiar to us) melodies.

If you’re interested in playing handbells on Christmas Eve, please take the initiative to get in touch anytime before December.

And save the date to come sing (listeners also welcome) Part 1 of Messiah with us.  We are offering a “come and sing” event on Saturday, December 21 at 7:30 pm.  No rehearsal, just show up and listen and/or sing along on your favorite choruses from the Christmas Portion of Handel’s beloved oratorio.

Choristers auditions are over  until next year, but interest is still welcome from singers grades 1-8 for the new group.  More information about the ensemble can be found here.

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

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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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