Music is an important part of our services, our history and our ministries. In addition to our music directors, the music in our services is led by a number of talented parishioners. Before each service, we offer preludes to help prepare for the service. Our services include traditional hymns and other music as a setting for worship, and our congregation enthusiastically joins in our music. In addition, for the past six years, we have organized, hosted, and performed at our quarterly Red Door Concerts, where we support local charities and organizations through offering a range of music performed by many local and regional musicians.
The music program during services at St. Mary’s is a compendium of a wide variety of styles of sacred music, as well as nontraditional music with a spiritual message. The Sanctuary has wonderful acoustics, as the ceilings, pews and much of the walls are wood. Our Odell pipe organ is over 100 years old, and recently underwent a substantial refurbishment and upgrade at the talented hands of Peter Walker. St. Mary’s invites all to attend services, where you may hear a Keith Urban song played with electric guitar and piano; a spiritual accompanied on our baby grand piano; a blues or jazz song with spiritual meaning; or a traditional hymn from the organ.
During these unusual times, service during our virtual services is being provided by several of our parishioners, including Rich Mattern, Kathleen and Dick Ward, and Holly and Joe Fortner. Each offers a very different approach to our hymns, as well as preludes and postludes that accompany the services. They are also supplemented by others in the community.