Music in Our Worship
Music is an essential, indispensable ministry of our church. It plays a vital role in worship. The singing of hymns is a way for congregants to actively participate in the service. Singing is an interactive opportunity for us to join together. Our beautiful music is often emotive, providing moments of deep personal reflection and introspection. Selected weekly by the rector and music director, hymns reflect the liturgical season, psalms, readings and sermon. The words of the hymns are written to help develop a deeper connection between the people and God. Lift Every Voice and Sing, a collection of African American hymns, and The Hymnal 1982, the primary hymnal of the Episcopalian Church, are the foundation of choral selections sung by the congregation and our choir.
St. Dunstan’s Choir is composed of select members of the congregation as well as professional singers. The choir is under the direction of the esteemed Richard Evans (see About Us: Staff). Over the years, St. Dunstan’s has been invited to sing at events around the city and at other churches and has recorded an album and tape cassettes. In addition to singing during regular church services, annually, St. Dunstan’s presents several choral programs including The Seven Last Words performed during Holy Week, and at Christmas, a program of traditional holiday music. For more information about St. Dunstan’s Choir, contact Richard Evans.
The beautiful music at St. Edmund’s has been enhanced by the renowned Casavant pipe organ, considered the finest instrument for sacred music. Music Director Evans is a master organist who finely balances the power and drama of the organ with choir and congregational singing. The Church acquired the organ in 1963 and has consistently maintained, restored, and upgraded this magnificent instrument. Over the years, the congregation has joined together to raise the needed funds.