Messiah Sing-Along December 17, 7:30pm

Monday, December 17th at 7:30pm

Join members of the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, along with Conductor Carlton Monroe and soloists, for a rousing rendition of this timeless holiday classic! Enjoy the beauty of Handel’s recitatives and arias, and sing along on the choruses. There will be good cheer and friends in abundance! Bring your own score, or let us provide you with one. Name-YourPrice Tickets (with a suggested donation of $15) are available through the Bach Ensemble website: We anticipate a sold-out event, so reserve your seats early!


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Bach Vespers – December 2, 5pm

A New Season of Vespers

Jesus_sanat_decem-largeThe Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas will begin a new season of Vespers services on Sunday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m. as they present J. S. Bach sacred cantata Jesu, der du meine Seele (“Jesus, you have freed my spirit”), BWV 78 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park.

The Ensemble and Bach Choir will be featured in this true masterwork of the genre, including soloists Melissa Harvey, Maggie Schwenker, Andreas Kirtley, and Michael Young.

At 4:30 p.m. Xavier faculty member Douglas Easterling will lead a Pre-Vespers lecture in the parlor, giving insights and background into the feature cantata. The prelude for the service will be the astounding Trio Sonata from Bach’ Musical Offering, BWV 1079, to be played by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musicians, Charles Morey (violin), Randy Bowman (flute), and Jennifer Monroe (bassoon) along with Bach Ensemble Artistic Director Carlton Monroe (harpsichord).

The Bach Vespers service combines the rich tradition of evening prayer with the spiritual treasury that is the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as music from his musical ancestors and heirs. The service follows the outline of Anglican evening prayer and consists of several parts: an invitation, readings, canticles, and chanted prayers. Following this we listen to a spoken reflection and the cantata chosen for the day. The service concludes with a congregational hymn and prayers of thanksgiving.

The service encourages attendees to reflect not only on the words and their meaning, but also on the immense beauty of our God-given world, and the creative spirit which fuels both this music’s composition and performance.

Regardless of faith tradition, spiritual beliefs, or musical background, all are invited to enjoy the beauty of this service and the peace that this evening brings.

The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas is a professional ensemble dedicated to enriching the musical and artistic life of the Cincinnati area through the performance of the music of J. S. Bach, his contemporaries and his musical heirs. The BEST serves as ensemble-in-residence at St. Thomas Episcopal Church where it leads the monthly Bach Vespers, performing the cantatas of J. S. Bach in the context for which they were written. The BEST is committed to historically informed performances of Bach’s music and artistic collaborations with other musical ensembles.

Allegro Choir Begins Oct. 11

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singing-304617_960_720The St. Thomas Allegro Choir, Grades K-2
Rehearsals, Wednesdays, 5:00-5:30pm, Choir Room
(Optional Dinner with the Choristers, 5:30-6:00, and playtime with Ms. Linda, 6:00-7:00pm)

Many kids at this age show a great interest in music, but often times parents find that they are a little young to begin instrument lessons. The Allegro Choir is the perfect solution: we teach beginning music ideas, how to sing, and how to be a part of a successful team. Parents can drop off their children at the choir room and then go upstairs to fix a cup of coffee or tea. The Choir sings four Sundays a year as part of the 10:15am service at St. Thomas.

FIRST REHEARSAL: Thursday, October 11, 5:00pm.
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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


ccm prep logoThe UC College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and the Cincinnati Children’s Choir will both be operating special satellite programs beginning this fall at St. Thomas.

CCM Prep will be offering private music lessons based at St. Thomas. Actual offerings will be based on demand, but our recent survey indicated strong interest in many areas including voice, piano, guitar, brass and string. If you are interested in taking private lessons with CCM Prep faculty at St. Thomas, please contact CCM prep and request lessons at St. Thomas. (

CChildrensClogoThe Cincinnati Children’s Choir will offer a Satellite Choir Program at St. Thomas. The Satellite Choir will be directed by St. Thomas Director of Music Carlton Monroe and will begin October 5th. The program is a 10 week program for children in grades 3-6 that provides an introduction to choral music and the philosophies of the CCC. Rehearsals for the St. Thomas Satellite Choir will be Sundays, 1-2pm. Please visit the CCC website for more information and to register. (

(Note: St. Thomas Choristers are welcome to participate in both our Chorister program and the CCM Satellite Choir.)


photo (1)After an incredible summer experience singing at the National Cathedral, our choral program is ready to start-up this fall. Mark your calendar for the following start-up dates, and look for communications with more details on their way:

Parish Choir – Wed., Aug. 27, 7-9pm

Sr. Choristers (grades 6-8) – Wed., Sept. 10, 6:30-8pm

Jr. Choristers (grades 3-5) – Wed., Oct. 1, 6-7pm

Allegro Choir (grades K-2) – Wed. Oct. 1, 4:15-4:45pm

Bach Vespers, March 23, 2014, 6pm

The Cincinati Bach Ensemble presents a special Bach Vespers as part of the month-long Cincinnati Bach Festival. The Ensemble and the St. Thomas Schola Cantorum will join soloists Manami White, violin, Kerrie Caldwell, soprano and Errik Hood, bass in performing three remarkable works by J. S. Bach as part of an evening service of reflection.manami white errik hood kerrie caldwell

Bach: Chaccone from the Partita for Violin, No. 2*

Bach: Cantata 32, Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen

Bach: Cantata 84, Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke

Bach Vespers, February 9, 6pm

Sunday, February 9, 6pm – Prelude Recital begins at 5:45pm

brettheadshotSt. Thomas welcomes the Cincinnati Camerata and their conductor, Dr. Brett Scott, as guest artists for February’s

Bach Vespers on Sunday, February 9 at 6pm. Dr. Scott will lead the Camerata and Cincinnati Bach Ensemble in music from Mozart, Dafnis, Willan, Clausen, and Bach’s Cantata 35. Reception to follow.


Choir Residency at the National Cathedral, July 2014

If would like to be involved in the choir’s upcoming residency at the National Cathedral, there are several ways to be involved:

  1. Join the choir! Any singers who join the Parish Choir by January 30 are eligible to sing on the trip. Families of potential choristers (grades 3 and up) should contact Dr. Monroe directly regarding their participation.
  2. Travel with the choir! Join us as we visit our nation’s capital, and attend Sunday morning Eucharist and two Evensongs at the Cathedral.
  3. Support the choir! This endeavor is not an inexpensive one, and we are actively looking for sponsors, both individuals and businesses, to help defray some of the expenses, particularly for our young choristers and Chorale Scholars.

For more details on any of these options, please contact Dr. Monroe at