Bach Vespers for Lent, Feb. 18

Bach Vespers in February

Sunday, February 18, 5:00 p.m.

pre-Vespers Lecture at 4:30 p.m.

Bach: Cantata 93, Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten

Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

100 Miami Avenue

Terrace Park, Ohio

During Bach’s tenure in Leipzig, he wrote no cantatas for the season of Lent, as “concerted” music (music with instruments) was prohibited. The Bach Ensemble uses this time of year to present some of Bach’s cantatas from other times of the year but that still resonate with Lenten themes. The next Bach Vespers services will feature Cantata No. 93, Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten (“All those who follow God’s guidance”), a cantata which examines that challenge and wonder of our Lenten journey. The prelude to the service will feature Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461, performed by Cincinnati Symphony Principal Oboe Dwight Parry. Douglas Easterling will offer a pre-Vespers lecture at 4:30 p.m.

Mardi Gras Dinner

Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m.   

Come celebrate Mardi Gras at St. Thomas with a traditional Louisiana dinner of gumbo and jambalaya. 

Director of Music and native Louisianan Carlton Monroe will make his secret recipes, including a vegetarian option.

There is no cost, but free-will offerings are welcome. 

All proceeds go to supporting our Mountain T.O.P. ministry.

Ring in the New Year with Bach Vespers

Celebrate the New Year with the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas! The next Bach Vespers on Sunday, January 14 will feature a performance of Bach’s Cantata 21: Jesu, nun sei gepreiset (Jesus, Now Be Praised), a festive cantata with trumpets, strings, and timpani celebrating the conclusion of a happy, healthy year and the hope of blessings in the one to come.
This Bach Vespers will also feature special preludes and postludes by the Psalm 150 Christian Renaissance Brass Ensemble, an ensemble which performs large-scale sacred brass music as an act of worship and praise at Christian church services and Masses in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas.

Thanksgiving Bach!

On Thanksgiving weekend, Sunday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m., the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas will perform J. S. Bach’s cantata Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott (“Happy is the man, who to his God”) as part of a Vespers service.

The service will feature the instrumentalists of the Bach Ensemble along with vocal soloists Hayleigh Maloney, Brianna Bragg, Ben Lee, and Christian Pursell. Also featured in the service will be the Choristers and Parish Choir of St. Thomas, under the direction of Bach Ensemble Artistic Director Carlton Monroe.

This season the BEST continues its 200 in 20 Project with the goal of performing all of Bach’s sacred cantatas over the course of 20 years. St. Thomas is one of only four other churches nationally which regularly perform the cantatas of Bach in their intended context of worship.

To learn more about the BEST and the Bach Vespers, please visit or

Bach Vespers for October: The Reformation

The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with J. S. Bach’s great Reformation Day cantata, Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80 (“A Mighty Fortress is our God”) led by Director of Music Carlton Monroe. This cantata will be the centerpiece of the Bach Vespers on Sunday, October 22, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

Cantata 80 is one of the true masterpieces of the cantata repertoire. It features the familiar hymn tune for which it is named in nearly every movement, in variations which highlight Bach’s genius and creativity.

Soloists will include Melissa Harvey, Lauren McAlister, Jason Vest and Hayden Smith, along with the instrumentalists of the Bach Ensemble. The Bach Ensemble will perform the cantata the following week in a special outreach service at First Lutheran Church, Louisville, Kentucky, as part of that congregations celebration of the Reformation.

Bach Vespers Kick-Off

The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas begins their eighth year with a Bach Vespers service featuring both a cantata and a motet by J. S. Bach. The prelude to the service will be his magnificent motet Singet dem Herrn nein neues Lied, BWV 225 while the service is centered around the cantata Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin, BWV 144 (Take what is thine and go), both perform by the instrumentalists and singers of the BEST in the intimate space of St. Thomas.

Singet dem Herrn is one of Bach’s most dazzling vocal works, with double chorus participating in a musical high-wire act. Cantata 144 was originally written in Leipzig for performance in 1724 and is scored for soprano, alto, and tenor soloists, choir, strings, oboes and oboe d’amore.

Highlights from the 2017-2018 season include performances of Bach’s great reformation cantata Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott in Cincinnati and Louisville, the annual Messiah Sing-Along, a cantata performance on Christmas Eve prior to St. Thomas’s Midnight Mass, Bach’s arrangement of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in March, an April collaboration with the May Festival Youth Chorus, and Bach cantatas every month of the year, September to May.

This season is again part of the BEST’s 200 in 20 Project with the goal of performing all of Bach’s sacred cantatas over the course of 20 years.

Mountain T.O.P. Fall Adult In Ministry Program

adult mt topRedeemer and St Thomas are planning a Fall Adult In Ministry (AIM) trip for October 2-5.Please contact John Tiffany ( 513.646.9655, if you are interested in going. Download the registration form to get more information about this trip. You can also check out the Mt T.O.P. website( We will leave Thursday, October 2nd mid-morning, work Friday and Saturday, and drive back, Sunday, October 5th.

This program is focused on major home repair but no construction experience is required to be a part of this ministry. You just need to be willing to open your heart and mind to what God may be asking you to do for a weekend in the Cumberland Mountains of southern TN. If this weekend doesn’t work for your schedule sign up for one of the other weekends in October.

Family Canoe Trip: Sunday, August 24, 1pm

Come with your family, come with friends! Enjoy the beauty of God’s creation right here in our backyard. Meet at Scenic River Canoe at 1pm. (4595 Round Bottom Rd, 45244) For extra fun, bring super soakers and start a water fight with your family!

$20/[person for 6 mile (long trip. 2 hour)
$15/person for the  (short trip, 45min)

Email to reserve a canoe.
Indicate how many canoes/people in your group and if you want the short or long trip.

Abendmusik Concert: Soprano YoonGeong Lee

St. Thomas will unveil a new concert series this year called Abendmusik Concerts. Abendmusik (Evening Music) was a term used by Baroque composer Deitrich Buxtehude for the famous series of concerts that were known throughout Northern Europe. For the first Abendmusik Concert we are YoonGeong Lee, a frequent Bach Vespers soloist.

yoongeongSoprano, YoonGeong Lee is a recent doctorial graduate from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  For her upcoming St. Thomas concert on Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 pm, she will sing the songs of some of the world’s greatest composers; among them:  Mozart, Schubert, Duparc, Martini, Delibes, Satie, Yun and Lehar.  YoonGeong spent the past two summers at Tanglewood Music Center as a soprano fellow and received the Grace B.Jackson Award, an annual prize given to an outstanding fellow.  Please join with us for another great summer night of music!

More information about Ms. Lee can be seen at