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.


Posted below is the schedule for the first half of the 2018-2019 program year. Though pieces and dates are, as always, subject to change, we will try to follow this. Additional hymns and anthems will be added as needed and available.

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

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

  • September 9
    Song of Hope
  • September 16
    The King of Love
  • September 23
    Jacob's Ladder
  • September 30
    Rejoice and Praise the Lord
  • October 7
    Day by Day
  • October 14
    Give Ear to My Words, O Lord
  • October 21
    The New Jerusalem
  • October 28
    Brighter Than the Sun
  • November 4 - All Saints' Day
    Finally Home
  • November 11
    All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
  • November 18
    Harvest Song
  • November 21 - Thanksgiving Eve
    Harvest Song
  • November 25 - Christ the King
    The Lord is King
  • December 2
    Bring Us Hope (Lessons and Carols)
  • December 9
    O Come to Us, Emmanuel
  • December 16
    Prepare the Royal Highway
  • December 23
    Advent Carol of Hope
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve
    Advent Carol of Hope
    Carol of the Sheperds
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
    Special Music - TBD
  • December 30
    Special Music - TBD

There will be one extra rehearsal:

  • Sunday, November 18 - After Church - preparation for Advent and Christmas Eve

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 August 27, 2018

Song of Hope Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
The King of Love Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Jacob's Ladder Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Rejoice and Praise the Lord Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Day by Day Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Give Ear to My Words, O Lord S1 | S2 A1 | A2 Tenor B1 | B2
The New Jerusalem Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Brighter Than the Sun Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Finally Home Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Harvest Song Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
The Lord Is King Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Bring Us Hope Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
O Come to Us, Emmanuel Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Prepare the Royal Highway Voice 1 Voice 2
Advent Carol of Hope Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Carol of the Shepherds Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Lullaby Soprano Alto Tenor Bass


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!