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O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven: Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -BCP p819

Singing and music are an important part of Anglican worship. Have a talent? We want you....


Adult Choir: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Choir Room.  On the first Thursday of the month, we conclude choir rehersal with a sung Compline service in Hallam Chapel (all are invited!)

We are always looking to add new singers—it’s an important part of our worship. For additional information about joining the choir, e-mail Andrew Howell at a.howell1@cox.net.

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Andrew Howell, Organist and Choirmaster, received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting and Organ Performance from the University of Rhode Island. Andrew is currently Music Director of the 190-voice Chorus of Westerly, Director of the University Chorus at the University of Rhode Island, Organist and Choirmaster at St. James Episcopal Church in New London, Connecticut, and also serves as Music Director and Organist at the Watch Hill Chapel in Westerly, RI during the summer months. Andrew has worked with a number of choral organizations and churches in Rhode Island and Connecticut – as Music Director of the Stonington Choral Society, Organist and Choir Director of the Episcopal Cathedral in Providence, and Organist for the Anglican Singers. Beyond his work with established choral ensembles, Andrew regularly organizes groups of talented local singers as the St. James Festival Choir for concerts of sacred and secular choral music, both accompanied and a cappella. In 2009, Andrew co-founded the Eastern Connecticut Children’s Chorus for children ages 8 to 16 with the mission “to attain a high level of quality music making, while providing a foundation of music literacy and proper vocal technique to enable a life of musical enjoyment and choral appreciation for both our singers and the community in which we sing.” Andrew lives in Westerly, RI with his wife Emily and their three children: Sadie, Rowan, and Henry.

  

 

St. James is blessed to host The Anglican Singers, an independently organized choir-in-residence who are dedicated to the English choral tradition. The Anglican Singers have been artists-in-residence since 1997 and sing the majority of Evensong services each year at St. James Church, as well as the annual Service of  Lessons and Carols for Advent. Members of this auditioned 30 member group are directed by Simon Jacobs with organist Paul Thomas. Click here to learn more about this talented organization.

E.M. Skinner, Opus 220

St. James Episcopal Church has a long-established tradition for musical excellence. The organ, an Ernest M. Skinner, Opus 220 built in 1914, is one of the finest instruments in New England, and was donated to the Parish by local philanthropist and railroad magnate, Morton Plant in memory of his wife. The inscription on the memorial plaque designed by Gorham Company-New York reads “To the Praise and Glory of God and in the loving memory of Nellie Capron Plant”. Opus 220 has 43 ranks of pipes with four divisions and pedal, and contains 2680 pipes. Major tonal changes were done by the Möller Company in 1952.

The organ was reconditioned in 2002 by the Foley-Baker Organ Company. This work involved removal of the entire instrument for shop restoration including every valve, pouch, bellows and pneumatic device. All the pipes were removed, washed and regulated. The organ's original mechanical systems were replaced with state-of-the-art electronic switching that includes recall and playback of performances precisely as originally played by the organist.

Can't get ehough of those hymns? OREMUS has lyrics and sound files for almost all the hymns in the 1982 Hymnal. Click on the link below....
Oremus Online Hymnal

This is a VERY rich resource, with hymns available from many other hymnals as well.
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