St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church

St. Barnabas' Adult Choir

Affectionately described by a former Rector as "pound for pound, the best choir in the diocese," the St. Barnabas' Adult Choir leads the musical portions of the liturgy at the later, 10:45 a.m., Sunday services and at many special services throughout the program year. Currently consisting of fifteen to twenty 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.

Leah Milton and the St. Barnabas' Adult Choir

Music Director Leah Milton and the St. Barnabas' Adult Choir

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.

Schedule

Posted below is the schedule for the second half of the 2018-2019 program year. Though pieces and dates are, as always, subject to change, we will try to follow this.

Regular rehearsals are at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday morning. Remember that if you have not attended the rehearsal that morning, or the optional run-through after service the previous Sunday, you may not sing with the choir. Our part of the service is too important to leave to the uncertainties of sight-reading.

If you are unable to be at a rehearsal and service, please contact Leah to let her know at lmilton@cusd.kahoks.org.

You may download rehearsal music from the links that follow this schedule.

  • January 6 - Epiphany Sunday
    Now Shine, Bright Glow of Majesty
  • January 13
    Service Cancelled
  • January 20
    At the River
  • January 27
    Built on a Rock
  • February 3
    Gift of Life
  • February 10
    I to the Hills Lift Up Mine Eyes
  • February 17
    Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?
  • February 24
    Halle, Halle, Halle
  • March 3
    Go Light Your World
  • March 6 - Ash Wednesday
    I to the Hills Lift Up Mine Eyes
  • March 10
    I to the Hills Lift Up Mine Eyes
  • March 17
    There's a Cross for Me
  • March 24
    Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
  • March 31
    We Beseech Thee
  • April 7
    God So Loved the World
  • April 14 - Palm Sunday
    Hosanna, Hosanna We Sing
  • April 18 - Maundy Thursday
    A Lenten Prayer
  • April 21 - Easter Sunday
    Fanfare for a Festival Day
    This Day Above All Days
  • April 28
    He is Risen!
  • May 5
    Now God Be Praised in Heav'n Above
  • May 12
    We Shall Rise!
  • May 19
    Benediction
  • June 9 - Pentecost Sunday
    This Little Light of Mine

Early Ash Wednesday rehearsal:

  • Wednesday, March 6 - 6:15 p.m.

There will be one extra rehearsal:

  • Sunday, April 7 - After Church - preparation for Holy Week and Easter Sunday

Rehearsal Music

Choir members may download rehearsal recordings of most of the current repertoire, produced by Dave Palmer. These are .mp3 files that may be played in your browser, or downloaded and then copied to a tablet, phone, or .mp3 player, or burned to an audio CD for playback in CD players.

Last updated March 3, 2019

Now Shine, Bright Glow of Majesty Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
At the River Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Built on a Rock Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Gift of Life Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
I to the Hills Lift Up Mine Eyes Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Halle, Halle, Halle Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Go Light Your World Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
There's a Cross for Me Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
We Beseech Thee Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
God So Loved the World Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Hosanna, Hosanna We Sing Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Fanfare for a Festival Day Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
This Day Above All Days Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
He is Risen! Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Now God Be Praised in Heav'n Above Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
We Shall Rise! Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Benediction Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
This Little Light of Mine Soprano Alto Tenor Bass

Instructions:

To play in the browser, CLICK on the desired vocal part after the title. The file will download to a temporary location and play in your browser's media player in a new tab/window.

To download for playing in your own media player, loading into an mp3 player, or burning to CD, follow the instructions appropriate to your computer:
  • If you have a PC, then RIGHT CLICK on the desired file and choose SAVE TARGET AS... to save it to your hard drive.
  • If you have a Mac, then hold down the CONTROL KEY and then CLICK on the desired file and save it to your hard drive.
Use your usual procedure to copy the file to your external player or to burn to an audio CD.

Leah Milton and the St. Barnabas' Adult Choir - Facing

Join us in making a joyful noise to the Lord!