Music

Christ Church, Georgetown, is blessed with a rich musical tradition, the primary focus of which is the preparation and performance of beautiful, finely-crafted music for the glory of God and the edification of the worshiping community week after week. A vital part of the fabric of the parish, the music ministry also serves as a valuable tool for outreach and evangelism to the local community, the diocese, and beyond.

For centuries, the Church has played a vital role in the cultivation and promotion of artistic and, in particular, musical endeavors - both within and outside the context of the liturgy. That tradition continues here at Christ Church, Georgetown. We look forward to greeting you!

Click here for the 2017-2018 music brochure.

 

The Choir

Under the direction of Thomas P. Smith, Organist and Choirmaster, the Choir of Christ Church is comprised of some of the region’s finest professional singers. Drawing upon the very best the Anglican tradition has to offer, this group of twelve voices sings a broad array of choral literature spanning many centuries - from plainsong to the works of living composers.

The Choir provides musical leadership at the 11:15 a.m. service - Holy Eucharist or Morning Prayer - each Sunday and for special liturgies throughout the year. The Choir also sings the quintessentially Anglican service of Choral Evensong on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month, October through May, at 5:00 p.m. A quartet from the Choir sings at the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist each Sunday. On occasion, additional singers are added as required by the literature at hand.

For more information about the parish’s choral program or to inquire about openings in the Choir of Christ Church, contact Thomas Smith, Organist and Choirmaster.

 

Liturgical Choral Music 2017-2018

Click here for the complete listing of Liturgical Choral Music for 2017-2018.

 

Concerts at Christ Church 2017-2018

Saturday, 7 October 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Inscape Chamber Orchestra in Concert (I)

Founded in 2004 by artistic director Richard Scerbo, the Inscape Chamber Orchestra seeks to redefine the boundaries of classical music through riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcend the confines of the traditional concert experience. With a flexible personnel roster and unique brand of programming, this critically acclaimed, GRAMMY nominated ensemble has quickly become one of the leading chamber orchestras in the Washington, DC region and beyond. Inscape’s first Georgetown appearance of the 2017-2018 season will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s monumental Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581, and Osvaldo Golijov’s strikingly contemplative Tenebrae, as well as Elastic Band, an edgy, playful work by award-winning Washington-based composer Joel Friedman. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.
 

Saturday, 27 January 2018, 4:00 p.m.
U.S. Navy Sea Chanters in Concert

The official chorus of the United States Navy Band and one of the nation’s top choral ensembles, the Sea Chanters perform a wide variety of music: from traditional repertoire, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary works. Under the direction of Chief Musician Adam Tyler, the group performs throughout the country, frequently finding itself at the center of historic national events such as inaugurations, state funerals, and dedications. In addition to appearances at the Kennedy Center Honors and with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Sea Chanters have performed on Larry King Live and CBS This Morning, as well as with the Baltimore Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Boston Pops. Join this dynamic group of singers for an eclectic program of both sacred and secular choral works from many periods of music history. Admission is free. Reception to follow.
 

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Inscape Chamber Orchestra in Concert (II)

Join Maestro Richard Scerbo and the musicians of the Inscape Chamber Orchestra for the second of two appearances at Christ Church during the 2017-2018 season: An eclectic, adventurous program featuring Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonietta for Chamber Orchestra. Written in 1932, when Britten was only 18 years old, and dedicated to his teacher, Frank Bridge, the piece embodies many of the musical elements that would pervade his later and perhaps more familiar works. The program will be rounded out by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu’s Nonet (1959) and the humorous Serenata in vano (1914) by prolific Danish composer Carl Nielsen. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

NOTE: Proceeds from the free-will offering received at concerts on Saturday, 7 October, and Friday, 14 April, will benefit Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC), a longtime mission partner of Christ Church, Georgetown. GMC guides service-resistant, chronically homeless individuals towards stability and housing through aggressive street outreach, provision of a safe and welcoming environment where everyone is treated with respect, and advocacy for the homeless. For more information, visit: www.georgetownministrycenter.org.

 

Season-at-a-glance 2017-2018 

Sunday, 1 October, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Saturday, 7 October, 4:00 p.m.
Inscape Chamber Orchestra in Concert (Free-will offering)

Sunday, 15 October, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, 22 October, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
(Dr. Martin Neary, guest conductor)

Sunday, 29 October, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, 5 November, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sunday after All Saints’ Day

Sunday, 19 November, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, 3 December, 5:00 p.m.
A Service of Lessons & Carols for Advent

Sunday, 17 December, 5:00 p.m.
A Service of Lessons & Carols for Christmas

Sunday, 31 December, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the First Sunday after Christmas Day

Sunday, 7 January, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Sunday, 21 January, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Saturday, 27 January, 4:00 p.m.
U.S. Navy Sea Chanters in Concert

Friday, 2 February, 6:30 p.m.
Parish Potluck Dinner and Hymn-sing

Sunday, 4 February, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday, 18 February, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the First Sunday in Lent

Sunday, 4 March, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Third Sunday in Lent

Sunday, 18 March, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Sunday, 25 March, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Sunday, 1 April, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day

Saturday, 14 April, 4:00 p.m.
Inscape Chamber Orchestra in Concert (Free-will offering)

Sunday, 15 April, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Third Sunday of Easter

Sunday, 29 April, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, 6 May, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, 20 May, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday