St. Barnabas' Adult Choir
The St. Barnabas' Adult Choir leads the musical portions of the liturgy at the Sunday services and at special services throughout the program year. Currently consisting of fifteen-or-so amateur singers from a variety of backgrounds, the choir rehearses every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The choir is not an audition group, though musical standards are fairly high. Some musical experience is a plus, but new singers will find the rehearsals a great learning experience. We have fun in those rehearsals, too, but are serious about the role we play in St. Barnabas' Parish's worship life.
The musical style of the choir is eclectic, with music to suit a range of tastes: often classical or contemporary anthems, with the occasional rock or gospel piece thrown in to provide variety. We usually sing with organ or piano accompaniment, with occasional a capella singing, and brass or other instruments for the very special occasion.
The choir is quite fortunate to have a talented professional musician leading it. Leah Milton, St. Barnabas' Director of Music, is a music educator in the Collinsville School District with experience leading both children's and adult choirs. When work and family obligations allow, Leah also performs with local community choruses and theater groups.
Parishioners wishing to "make a joyful noise" with the choir simply need to contact Leah to express their interest in joining and then show up for Sunday rehearsals.
Sadly, until the novel coronavirus pandemic is under control, choral activities at St. Barnabas' have been suspended.