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

Posted below is the schedule for the first half of the 2017-2018 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 lmilton@cusd.kahoks.org.

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

  • September 10
    Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • September 17
    Thanks Be to Thee
  • September 24
    O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
  • October 1
    This Is My Father's World
  • October 8
    We Are the People of God
  • October 15
    Guide My Feet, Lord
  • October 22
    We Are the People of God
  • October 29
    Special Music / Cameron
  • November 5
    Then Sings My Soul
    LEV&S Hymn: Soon and Very Soon
  • November 12
    Seek Ye First
    LEV&S Hymn: Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • November 19
    A Song of Thanks
    LEV&S Hymn: In Times like These
  • November 22 - Thanksgiving Eve
    A Song of Thanks
  • November 26
    African Psalm
    LEV&S Hymn: Lead Me to Calvary
  • December 3
    Bring Us Hope
  • December 10
    Advent Canon
  • December 17
    Come to Us, O Promised One
  • December 24 - Morning
    Surely the Time is Near
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve
    Surely the Time is Near
    She Wrapped Up the Light
    Sing Joy the the World
  • December 25
    Special Music - TBD
  • December 31
    Special Music - TBD

There will be one extra rehearsal:

  • Sunday, November 19 - After Church - preparation for Cathedral Lessons and Carols 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. 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 October 18, 2017

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Thanks Be to Thee Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
This Is My Father's World Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
We Are the People of God Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Guide My Feet, Lord Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Then Sings My Soul Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
LEV&S: Soon and Very Soon Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Seek Ye First Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
LEV&S: Great Is Thy Faithfulness Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
A Song of Thanks Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
LEV&S: In Times like These Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
African Psalm Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
LEV&S: Lead Me to Calvary Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Bring Us Hope Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Advent Canon Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Come to Us, O Promised One Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Surely the Time is Near Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
She Wrapped Up the Light Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Sing Joy to the World 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.