Music at Redeemer

We are a music-loving congregation with a wonderful piano and organ in a wonderful acoustic. The acoustic at Redeemer works beautifully for services and concerts. There is special music for feast days, evening services, and concerts that feature additional guest musicians from the parish and the professional music community.

Concerts and performances are held on a regular basis. Everyone is welcome. View a map and get directions.

How can I participate in the music program?

  • Continue your fabulous singing during services.
  • Attend evensongs and concerts, and bring friends.
  • Donate funds for guest musicians for special times, such as Holy Week.
  • If you are an instrumentalist, talk to Sheila about playing for a service.
  • If you are a singer, please consider joining the choir.
    • Regular commitment is Wednesday night rehearsals and Sunday warm ups at 9:00 am, September through June.
    • Some folks with choral backgrounds and busy schedules join for occasional services.

For more information, call (425) 486-3777 or send an email to our choirmaster at music@redeemer-kenmore.org.

The Redeemer Choir

The Redeemer Choir is a dedicated ensemble that rehearses weekly during the academic year.

Rehearsals are normally Wednesday evenings from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Check the Calendar for the schedule.

On Sundays, the choir warms up from 9:00 am to 9:30 am when singing at the 10:30 am liturgy.

In addition to singing on Sundays during the academic year, the Redeemer Choir sings for special services. Examples are Christmas Eve and the Easter Vigil.

The choir does not sing on most 3-day weekends.

The prerequisits to sing in the Redeemer Choir is a love of singing and a desire to serve. You are welcome to come try a rehearsal before committing to membership.

How much fun will I have if I join the choir?

Read the following notes from choir members!

I stand behind the tenors, and they rock my world.

The best thing about choir begins with the warm ups: which rather than being drudgery or boring, prepare us for what we are going to sing, whether it’s a musical interval, or vowel sound, or some strange rhythm, it’s all done with fun and enthusiasm. Imagine, if the whole community could have this much fun.

I really enjoy being in choir. By Wednesday night, I’m exhausted from a long week, and sometimes I think I cannot make it through choir. But I always end up feeling more invigorated and ready to face the rest of the week after choir. I really miss it, when I have to miss it. Yes, it’s one more thing. But it’s one more thing I want to do and I feel better when I do it.

We have loads of fun in choir, with a great balance of focus & frivolity, study and play, prayer and song. All of the music is great to sing, and some is so beautiful, it’s humbling to be a part of making such beauty.

The director has a great way of getting us to try things we never would have, didn’t think we wanted to, don’t think we like. By the end of a few practices, we enjoy singing it, have a sense of accomplishment and with her conducting & support, contribute to the worship with great song.

I like to sing. Sheila has taught me to sing with some skill in addition to my usual enthusiasm. It is very satisfying to be part of an ensemble that seeks and often achieves beautiful sound. The work that goes into that accomplishment creates a cohesive group that shares laughter as well as companionship on our spiritual journey. Season by season the music we sing provides connection to our liturgies and focus to our journey. It is important to note that preparing and singing the music for Holy Week adds to the power of that already powerful experience. I find that being part of the choir is an enjoyable and satisfying way to enhance my spiritual life and contribute to the spiritual life of our Redeemer community.

The Evensong Ensemble

This is the singing group for the Sound of Sheer Silence services on the first Sunday evenings of the month. This is a small group to provide a capella chant music for the meditative evening services.

Rehearsals are the first Sunday of the month at 6:30 pm. This is in preparation for the 7:30 pm service.

The prerequisites is some music reading skills and a willingness to practice music on your own.

Soloists

Liturgies at Church of the Redeemer are enhanced with special music provided by instrumental and vocal soloists. These soloists are drawn from the parish and the professional community.

If you are interested in sharing your talent, please contact Sheila Bristow.

Concerts

Outside groups occasionally perform at Redeemer. We are happy to share our wonderful acoutic and to let more folks know about the church.

If you are interested in helping to host or promote special music events, please contact Sheila Bristow.

Here is an example of the acoustic at Church of the Redeemer. It is a recording of the “Veni Sancte Spiritus” from the Berlin Mass of Arvo Pärt by the Byrd Ensemble. The CD is available for purchase. The organist in this selection is Sheila Bistrow, music director at Redeemer.

 

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. The campus is a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.