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 2018-2019 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 2018-2019

Click here for the complete listing of Liturgical Choral Music for the 2018-2019 season.

 

The Youth Choir

Young people of all ages are invited to take part in Christ Church's growing Youth Choir. Click here for more information, including the 2018-2019 rehearsal schedule.

 

Concerts at Christ Church 2018-2019

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 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 2018-2019 season will feature Johannes Brahms' monumental Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115, and Arthur Bliss' imaginative Oboe Quintet, Op. 44, as well as The Scherzo of the Fools, by noted American composer James D'Angelo. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.
 

Saturday, 26 January 2019, 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, 4 May 2019, 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 2018-2019 season: An adventurous program featuring Samuel Barber's Capricorn Concerto. Completed in 1944, the three movement concerto was written when Barber was granted leave from the U.S. Army in order to compose. The concert will be rounded out with Gerald Finzi's Clarinet Concerto, Op. 31, and Nameless Empire, by emerging New York-based composer Nathan Lincoln DeCusatis. 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 2018-2019 

Sunday, 7 October, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Saturday, 13 October, 4:00 p.m.
Inscape Chamber Orchestra in Concert (Free-will offering)

Sunday, 21 October, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Friday, 2 November, 7:00 p.m.
Solemn Requiem Eucharist for All Souls' Day

Sunday, 4 November, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sunday after All Saints’ Day

Sunday, 18 November, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, 2 December, 5:00 p.m.
A Service of Lessons & Carols for Advent

Sunday, 16 December, 5:00 p.m.
A Service of Lessons & Carols for Christmas

Sunday, 30 December, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the First Sunday after Christmas Day

Sunday, 6 January, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Sunday, 20 January, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Saturday, 26 January, 4:00 p.m.
An Afternoon with the Choristers of Christ Church (Free-will offering)

Friday, 1 February, 6:30 p.m.
Parish Potluck Dinner and Hymn-sing

Sunday, 3 February, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday, 17 February, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday, 3 March, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday, 17 March, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Second Sunday in Lent

Sunday, 31 March, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sunday, 7 April, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Sunday, 14 April, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Sunday, 21 April, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day

Saturday, 4 May, 4:00 p.m.
Inscape Chamber Orchestra in Concert (Free-will offering)

Sunday, 5 May, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Third Sunday of Easter

Sunday, 19 May, 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong for the Fifth Sunday of Easter