Music is an important part of our services, our history and our ministries. 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.
The music program 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 recently celebrated its 100th birthday, and is an important part of many of our services. 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.
Minister of Music Emeritus, Deborah Stewart Canedy
Deborah Canedy, known to SMM and local folks as "Deb," was the Minister of Music from November 2014 until September 2018. She holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance from UMASS/Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance from Marlboro College.
Deborah is a born and raised Vermonter, living in Wilmington most of her life. She has lived abroad in Manila, R.P and Bangkok, Thailand. Deborah studied piano with Blanche Moyse as a teen; and sang with the Brattleboro Music Center Chorus for seven years, including performing as a choral member in New York City, Burlington, Vermont and for several years at the Marlboro Music Festival. There, she was greatly influenced by seeing and hearing some of “the greats," including Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, Benita Valente, Igor Stravinsky, Marcel and Louis Moyse and scores of others. Deborah loves practicing and playing the Church's recently renovated Odell pipe organ. She describes it “as if playing a full orchestra on two keyboards,” and says it was “instrumental” in her love of music, especially, sacred music.