Sacred Music & The Choir
The Boston area has many concert choruses that do wonderful music, and they fill an important niche. The Choir of Christ the Redeemer’s niche is not concerts, but worship: great music in liturgical context. A full-time organist-choirmaster directs the Choir of Christ the Redeemer and brings a wide breadth of the classical sacred music tradition into our worship. The choir’s repertoire reflects the diversity of that tradition from Gregorian Chant to spirituals, and includes music sung in a variety of languages (always with printed translations). There are Choral Evensongs at least four times a year, a Requiem on All Souls’, and a Festival of Christmas Lessons & Carols. Holy Week features the 3-part ongoing liturgy of the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil).
One of the joys of CTR is the enthusiastic participation of the people in singing. Our reputation as a “singing” church is due in no small part to the choir and its leading of music in worship.
The choir prays and cares for each of its members. It serves God and his Church by aiming for musical excellence, commitment to Jesus Christ, and life in the Holy Spirit.
We have active children’s choirs that rehearse weekly. The Seraphim Choir, grades 4 through 8, sings for services including Lessons & Carols, Ash Wednesday, Sunday, and Evensong. The group sings alone and also with the adults, including the day’s Psalm in Anglican Chant. Music has included Handel, Purcell, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, and Widor.
A testimony from Dan McKinley, Minister of Music/Organist & Choirmaster:
“Leading up to Easter Sunday, two of our parents were reviewing the music for “Worthy is the Lamb” from Messiah with their eldest son, a Seraphim Choir member. Their second son, a Cherubim Choir member, liked it so much that he wanted to hear it every day. On Easter Sunday, he could be heard belting it out with gusto while sitting in the congregation. (“Train up a child in the way he should go . . .”)
The Cherubim Choir is for grades 1-3, and is led by public school music teachers Cyndi Kreyling and Erin Cherry.