The Adult Music program is centered around the Choir of All Saints. Under the current leadership of music director Christian Lane, the All Saints choral program has long been recognized as one of the finest in New England.
With a membership of some forty singers, the choir, consisting of experienced volunteer singers, augmented by a few professional soloists and section leaders, adds beauty and dignity to the rich, Anglican-based liturgical life of All Saints. The Choir of All Saints sings at the Sunday 10:30 a.m. celebrations of the Holy Eucharist from early September through early June, as well as for certain Holy Days with occasional Evensongs and concerts throughout the winter season.
Rehearsals are held most Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Experienced volunteer singers are always welcome to join this group. There is no formal audition for admission, but singers are expected to have had some previous choral singing experience. Please contact Christian Lane at the church for further information.
HISTORY OF LEADERSHIP
These people have served as organists/directors of music since the founding of the parish:
- Charles Norris 1897-1929
- Rowland Halfpenny 1929-1961
- Richard Grant 1961-1964
- Emory Fanning 1964-1967
- Donald Teeters 1967-2014
- Suzanne McAllister (interim) 2014-2015
- Christian Lane 2015-present
The organ at All Saints was built by Casavant Freres, of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. It was installed in 1961, and was the gift of the Baldwin family in honor of John and Elizabeth Baldwin, founding members of the parish. Virgil Fox played the dedicatory recital.
It is an instrument of forty-six stops (fifty-six ranks): four manual divisions distributed over three keyboards, plus pedal. It was one of the earliest instruments to come from the venerable Canadian firm under the supervision of its then new tonal director, Lawrence I. Phelps. He had recently moved to Casavant from Boston’s Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. Phelps was well known in the Boston and national organ building communities as the designer of the Aeolian-Skinner instrument that had recently been installed at the Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, one of the largest church organs in the world at that time.
In the late 1990s the All Saints Casavant was completely re-leathered, and during the summer of 2001 the console was rebuilt and converted from electro-pneumatic action to direct electric action.
SCHOLA (YOUTH CHOIR)
Does your child love to sing? Sign him or her up for a fun and rigorous choral music experience in All Saints Parish’s Schola! Click here to sign up your child.
All Saints Parish’s vibrant children’s music program was launched more than 30 years ago and provides an opportunity for parish youth to build musical skills, vocal confidence, and church community while contributing to the worship service in a meaningful way.
Schola rehearses on Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and on alternate Sundays from 12:00—1:00 p.m. Schola sings from a varied repertoire of exciting and challenging music approximately twice each month during the Sunday morning worship service and at special services throughout the year. This liturgical responsibility, coupled with Church School classes, provides a rich context for children’s faith to grow.
All Saints Parish’s Cherub Choir provides an opportunity for young children to experience the joy of music-making in a relaxed and positive environment. As Cherubs, children in grades PreK-1 learn how to sing as a group, produce basic rhythms, and participate actively in congregational worship. With a brief rehearsal designed for young attention spans, the Cherub Choir serves as a springboard to All Saints’ Schola program.
The Cherub Choir meets on Sunday mornings right after the postlude (approx. 11:45 a.m.) for about 15 minutes.