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, the St. Barnabas' Adult Choir and three soloists from the Children's Choir

Leah Milton, the St. Barnabas' Adult Choir and three soloists from the Children's Choir   [Photo: John Palmer]

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, our choir director, 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 2017-2018 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 7
    Shall We Gather at the River?
  • January 14
    cancelled
  • January 21
    Shall We Gather at the River?
  • January 28
    Speak, O Lord
  • February 4
    Kyrie Eleison
  • February 11
    Go, My Children, with My Blessing
  • February 14 - Ash Wednesday
    Give Me Jesus
  • February 18
    Give Me Jesus
  • February 25
    Give Ear, O Lord
  • March 4
    Bread of Life
  • March 11
    Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley
  • March 18
    Grace
  • March 25 - Palm Sunday
    Pacem
  • March 29 - Maundy Thursday
    Pacem
  • April 1 - Easter Sunday
    Christ the Lord is Ris'n Again
    Ye Servants of God
    Alleluia, He Lives!
  • April 8
    Ye Servants of God
  • April 15
    I Know that My Redeemer Lives
  • April 22
    O Sons and Daughters
  • April 29
    Hymn of Promise
  • May 6
    Stand By Me
  • May 13
    For the Beauty of the Earth
  • May 20 - Pentecost Sunday
    Shine, Jesus, Shine

There will be one extra rehearsal:

  • Sunday, March 18 - After Church - preparation for Holy Week

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. They are fairly compressed, but are still large files between 1 MB and 2 MB each and will take a while to download on slower connections.

Last updated January 8, 2018

Shall We Gather at the River? Soprano A1 / A2 Tenor Bass
Speak, O Lord Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Kyrie Eleison Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Go, My Children, with My Blessing Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Give Me Jesus Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Give Ear, O Lord Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Bread of Life Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Grace Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Pacem Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Christ the Lord is Ris'n Again Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Ye Servants of God S1 / S2 Alto Tenor Bass
Alleluia, He Lives! Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
I Know that My Redeemer Lives Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
O Sons and Daughters Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Hymn of Promise Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Stand By Me Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
For the Beauty of the Earth Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Shine, Jesus, Shine 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.