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.

Cameron Graham at the organ

Cameron Graham, St. Barnabas' organist

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. We are likewise lucky to have a fine organist in Cameron Graham, a talented student artist who is currently a high school senior at Liberty High School in the Wentzville School District.

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

The choir is in summer recess, with soloists and small ensembles providing special music on some Sundays. A new schedule will be posted when it is available.

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.

New rehearsal music will be posted as soon as it is available.

Last updated June 6, 2017

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 default media player.

To download for playing in your 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.