Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;

break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Psalm 98:4

St. Bede’s Choir

Great music is an integral part of the liturgy during the 10:15 service at St. Bede’s. Under the leadership of music director Katherine McKee, the 20-voice choir leads congregational singing of hymns, psalms and service music, and sings anthems at the offertory and during communion. Our repertoire ranges from medieval plain chant to Renaissance motets to works by the great Baroque, Classical, Romantic & 20th Century masters to music newly commissioned for our choir.

We are blessed to have our worship enhanced by the presence of an exceptional pipe organ, and by the skills of our wonderful organist, Rani Fischer. We also have a grand piano in the sanctuary, as well as hand bells and a harpsichord. These additional instruments allow us to include music of greatly diverse styles in our corporate worship. The choir also sings a cappella quite frequently.

In addition to singing for regular Sunday worship, the choir offers services of Evensong, Advent Lessons & Carols, and sings for special services at Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and various feast days. We sing Compline at Stanford University’s Memorial Church once or twice a year as part of our outreach into the greater community.

We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 and on Sunday mornings from 9:15 – 10:00. New members are always welcome. Prior choral experience is helpful but not required. For more information on joining the choir, please contact the music director at kmckee@stbedesmenlopark.org.

Music for Worship Fall 2019

September 8 Draw us in the Spirit’s tether (Friedell); Ubi Caritas (Duruflé)
September 15 Chorales from Jesu, Meine Freude (Bach); Tune me, O Lord (Martinson)
September 22 Remember not, O Lord God (Tallis); The Woodcutter’s Song (V.Williams)
September 29 Lord, thou hast been our refuge (Joubert); Gute nacht, O Wesen (Bach)
October 13 Dance (Graebner); Tantum Ergo (Duruflé)
October 20 Cords of Love (Quaker song, arr. Siegfried); Quomodo Dilexi (Huygens)
October 27 The Pharisee and the Publican (Schütz); Instrumental solo TBD
November 3 Hark, I hear the harps eternal (Parker); O quam gloriosum (Byrd)
November 10 Cantate Domino (Hassler); Instrumental solo TBD
November 17 And I saw a new heaven (Bainton); But who may abide (Handel)
November 24 Lift up your heads (Handel); Was hast du verwirket (Schütz)

Upcoming special events

Saturday, November 2 at 4:00 p.m. - All Souls Memorial service at Christ Church, Portala Valley & Woodside.  The clergy and choirs of St. Bede’s and Christ Church will join forces to offer a service of remembrance for all who have died, featuring Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living with soloists and a chamber orchestra.

Sunday, December 8 at 10:15 a.m. - The beloved service of Advent Lessons and Carols will be celebrated on the second Sunday in Advent this year, featuring music by J. S. Bach, Orlando Gibbons, Isabella Leonarda, and Kathryn Rose.

Tuesday, December 24 at 7:30 p.m. - The 7:30 prelude to the 8:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service will be Benjamin Britten’s beloved Ceremony of Carols, and music for the service will include anthems and canticles set for choir and harp. The Bay Area’s renowned harpist Dan Levitan will join the St. Bede’s choir and our own organist Rani Fischer.


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