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 2019-2020 music brochure.

 

The Choir of Christ Church

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 2019-2020

Click here for the complete listing of Liturgical Choral Music for the 2019-2020 season.

 

Concerts at Christ Church 2019-2020

Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 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 2019-2020 season will feature Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op. 2, and Krzysztof Penderecki’s Clarinet Quartet, as well as the Duo for Clarinet and Viola, by English composer and violist Rebecca Clarke, one of the world’s first female professional orchestral players. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.
An Afternoon with the Choristers of Christ Church

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see and hear members of the fully professional Choir of Christ Church in a concert setting — all vestments off! The eclectic program will feature soloists and small ensembles singing a wide array of vocal and choral literature: from sacred arias to familiar works from the Broadway stage; from medieval madrigals to beloved opera classics. The performers will be accompanied by Howard Breitbart, one of Washington’s most sought-after pianists. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 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 2019-2020 season: An adventurous program featuring  Johannes Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111, also known as the Prater Quintet. Brahms intended the work to be his last piece of music, though he later produced a number works for piano and other instruments. The concert will also include André Previn’s moving Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, a memorial to the many composers and other musicians who died in the Holocaust. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

NOTE: Proceeds from the free-will offering received at all three concerts 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 2019-2020 

Sunday, October 6, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, October 20, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Friday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m.
Solemn Requiem Mass on the Eve of All Souls’ Day

Sunday, November 3, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sunday after All Saints’ Day

Saturday, November 9, at 4:00 p.m.
Inscape Chamber Orchestra in Concert (I)

Sunday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, December 1, at 5:00 p.m.
A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent

Sunday, December 15, at 5:00 p.m.
A Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas

Sunday, December 29, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the First Sunday after Christmas Day

Sunday, January 5, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong on the Eve of the Epiphany

Sunday, January 19, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Friday, January 31, at 6:30 p.m.
Parish Potluck Dinner and Hymn-sing

Sunday, February 2, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Saturday, February 8, at 4:00 p.m.
An Afternoon with the Choristers of Christ Church

Sunday, February 16, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the First Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 15, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Third Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 29, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Sunday, April 5, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 12, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day

Sunday, April 19, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Second Sunday of Easter

Saturday, May 2, at 4:00 p.m.
Inscape Chamber Orchestra in Concert (II)

Sunday, May 3, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 17, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 31, at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday