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Inspiring faith through the beauty of sacred sound.
By joining our hearts with the beauty of sound, we give voice to our faith through the art of music. Music soothes, excites, challenges and unites us in ways in which words alone cannot. Through our hymns and responses, the singing of our choirs, and the sounds of our instruments, music enables us to touch the deepest mysteries of God as we unite together in worship and concert. At St. Philip, music for worship spans the centuries from Medieval chant and Renaissance polyphony through the most modern repertoire of the new millennium. Organists, choirs, and soloists provide musical leadership at over 125 liturgical services each year, and the church houses a magnificent mechanical action pipe organ built by PAUL FRITTS. The excellent acoustics and inviting architecture of the church building provide a warm environment for music of the highest quality that engages, enriches, and educates both our family of faith and the greater Houston community. St. Philip also provides support, training, and education for tomorrow’s church musicians through its staff singer and organ intern programs. For more information on any aspect of the St. Philip music program, please continue reading below, or contact Randall Swanson, Director of Music: randall@saintphilip.net.
Adults college age and above. COMPLETE 2016–2017 CHOIR SCHEDULE AVAILABLE HERE
St. Philip Church has enjoyed a long tradition of musical excellence in both worship and concert, and the St. Philip Choir has always been an important part
of that tradition. In addition to its weekly offerings of traditional and contemporary anthems, motets, and spirituals, recent concert and worship repertoire has included Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Bach’s Cantata 61 Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, and Lux aeterna by Morten Lauridsen. Adult singers in all voice parts are welcome and invited to join the St. Philip Choir, focusing on sacred choral music in all styles from the 12th- century chant through music of our own time, and providing members with regular training in vocal techniques, music reading, and sight singing in a warm, welcoming and engaging atmosphere. Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights, and new members are always welcome — come join us! The choir generally sings most Sundays at the 11:00 am Service. See the link above for the complete 2016–2017 choir schedule. The St. Philip Choir is trained and conducted by Randall Swanson, Director of Music.

2016-2017 Choir Schedule > view | download the complete schedule
Professional singers who also serve as choir section leaders and soloists.
St. Philip maintains a staff of professional singers representing many of Houston’s brightest lights in the vocal arts. Staff singers serve as section leaders in the
St. Philip Choir, and occasionally form a smaller stand-alone ensemble for select choral repertoire. Our 2016–2017 staff singer roster includes: sopranos JULIA FOX and ALICIA CHEW mezzo-soprano CECY DUARTE; tenors Alex Scheuermann and ESTEBAN CORDERO; and baritones CÉSAR TORRUELLA and GREGORY MCDANIEL.
Adults and high school age youth.
St. Philip is fortunate to own two complete five-octave sets of handbells, and two complete sets of handchimes. The handbell choir is open to both experienced and rookie ringers. Some music reading ability is helpful, and there’s room for a sizable number of players! Smaller ensembles of ringers are also formed as needed, and this provides a unique opportunity for experienced ringers to develop their musicianship through playing in small groups. Bell Canto rehearses on Monday evenings beginning in mid- September, and plays for worship services approximately once a month. Come ring with us! If you’ve never rung handbells or handchimes before, don’t worry, we’ll teach you how! Bell Canto is conducted by Randall Swanson, Director of Music.
For young men and women in grades 6-12.
For those who like to sing, or who play an instrument, the St. Philip Youth Choir welcomes all junior high and high school students into the joy and art of music and singing. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 4:30 to 5:30pm, and the choir provides music for church services approximately once per month. The Youth Choir is led by Randall Swanson, Director of Music
Engaging the Spirit through song and movement.
During the 2016-2017 season, elementary school age children in the St. Philip Sunday School program will be provided musical enrichment as part of the weekly Sunday School curriculum, focusing on one or two pieces of music that will be sung at that morning’s 11:00 am Service with the full congregation. On special occasions, all of the Sunday School children may combine together to sing a special introit or anthem for the service. Working with the children in a highly engaging and interactive environment, our children’s music leaders are staff singer Alicia Chew and Director of Music Randall Swanson.
     
   
     
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4807 San Felipe Street, Houston, TX 77056 - Ph. (713) 622-4807