St. Thomas Music Program
Profile and Vision
The Mission of the St. Thomas Music Program is to inspire the worship of our church, enrich the artistic life of our community, and educate our future generations through the study and performance of music.
The Vision of the St. Thomas Music Program is centered on three foundational concepts:
- Worship – Inspiring a worship life at St. Thomas that flourishes with diverse but authentic styles, and remains committed to the preservation and continued revitalization of our tradition of Anglican worship.
- Community – Enriching the artistic life of our community through supporting the performance of sacred music at the highest and most profound levels, both by amateurs and professionals.
- Education – Sharing the profundity and beauty of our worship tradition to a new generation of musicians and congregants, and in doing so helping to preserve the artistic spirit as an essential aspect of humanness.
ELEMENTS OF THE MUSIC PROGRAM
How does our current program fulfill this vision?
- Choirs and musical opportunities for all ages (Kindergarten to Seniors)
- 8:00am – Holy Eucharist, Rite I – traditional worship with hymns
- 9:15am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II – an informal celebration of the Eucharist with an acoustic trio leading inspirational and eclectic music
- 10:45am Choral Eucharist, Rite II – traditional worship with choir and hymns
- Bach Vespers – Evening Prayer with the music of J. S. Bach
- Special Services: Evensong, Lessons and Carols, Requiems, Passions
- Taize Prayer – intimate, candlelit, quiet, contemplative and meditative service
- Concerts of the St. Thomas Parish Choir and Choristers
- Choral Scholar Program – CCM
- Bach Vespers/Cincinnati Bach Ensemble
- Guest Concerts/Recitals
- Relationships with CCM, Cincinnati Symphony, WGUC
- Host annual concert by The Catacoustic Consort, Annalisa Pappano, director
- Joyful Noise – Nursery School Music Ministry
- Royal School of Church Music program VOICE for LIFE – used with Allegro Choir, Choristers, Parish Choir
- Choral Scholar Program
- Rotating schedule that allows the Joyful Noise, the Allegro Choir, and the Choristers to lead worship
- Music Lessons – offering space to area music teachers for lessons
- Organ, Wicks Op. 4573 (1965) – 3 divisions, 28 rank, 2 manual
- Baldwin Grand Piano
- Wurlizter Grand Piano
- Parish Choir – 16-18 parishioners with 5 Choral Scholars/Artists-in-Residence
- Schola Cantorum (new in fall 2013) – 12 singers
- Choristers – 5-7 trebles
- Allegro Choir – 6-8 novices
- Joyful Noise – all children ages 3-5 in the St. Thomas Nursery School
- Super Singers – 25-30 singers
- Taize Ensemble – 4 members
- Youth Brass – 4-6 youth
- 9:15 Trio – 3 professional musicians
- Cincinnati Bach Ensemble – 10-24 professional musicians
STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
- Carlton Monroe, DMA – Director of Music and Communications
- Jason Gunnell – Organist
- Sarah Jackson – Artist-in-Residence
- Dr. Douglas Pew – Composer-in-Residence
- Choral Scholars – Stephanie Rampton, soprano, Sarah Pozderac Chenev, alto, Spencer Bartley, tenor, Luis Orozco, bass
- 9:15 Trio – Emily Wynn, piano, Jilian McGreen, vocalist, Mike Dillman, percussion
- Pat Matchette – Super Singers Director
- Carol Cole, Cindy Carrigan, Sarah Jackson – Choral Librarians
- Janet Smith – Reception Coordinator
- Connie Reyes-Rau, Jennifer Ocilka – Pageant Coordinator
- Erin Donahue, Eric Marsland – Parish Choir Liaisons
- Sarah Elin – Chorister Parent Liaison
- Jennifer Monroe, Erin Spinney – Allegro Choir Parent Liaisons
- Organ Committee – Vern Thomas, chair
- Bach Vespers Advisory Board (new in 2013)
- Washington National Cathedral Residency – 2014
- English Cathedral Residency – 2016
- Increase Parish Choir to 28-32 singers: 20-24 parishioners and 8 choral scholars/artists-in-residence
- Increase Choristers to 16 trebles, ages 8-12
- Increase Allegro Choir to 18 novices, ages 5-7
- Develop a Summer Arts and Music Camp
- Installation of a new organ
- Establish the St. Thomas Academy of Music: offering private lessons afternoons, evenings, and weekends
- Increase Cincinnati Bach Ensemble to 10 core instrumentalists, and professional choir of 16 singers.
- Tradition of travel every two years (alternating domestic/international)
- Increase Music Volunteers: include Social coordinator, Chorister/Allegro Parent Liaisons, Riser/Stand Manager, Robe Master/Mistress, Pageant Coordinator, Bach Vespers Advisory Board, Choir Trip Organizer
- Purchase of a portative organ for use with the Bach Vespers
- Purchase of a harpsichord
- Organ Recital series
- Develop an After School Program/Homework Room for Choristers
- Develop an RSCM camp or festival
- Purchase of a new grand piano for Parish Hall
- Summer Season for Cincinnati Bach Ensemble – collaborate either with CCM or CSO (or both) to develop summer festival and Bach Academy
The St. Thomas Music Camp is a fun-filled week of music, games, friends, and fun for children ages 7-12! During the week campers will improve their singing, learn music theory, and experience the art of music in a new way!
This year’s camp includes: an introduction to music theory via a special online learning center; a special presentation from St. Thomas organist Jason Gunnell; a morning trip to downtown Cincinnati where we will tour Christ Church Cathedral, Music Hall, the newly renovated Washington Park, and lunch at Skyline; Music Olympics!; and a final day party with lunch!
We will have one special project: during the week campers will collaborate on creating a new composition. We will talk about setting words to music, harmony, melody, rhythm and conclude the week with a premiere of our new composition.
The fee for the camp is $25 which includes, snacks, Friday’s lunch, and a camp t-shirt.
To register, click here.
Bach Vespers at St. Thomas
Sunday, May 6 5:30pm
Prelude: Concerto No. 5 for Flute and Orchestra, BWV 1056
Cantata: Süsser Trost mein Jesu kömmt, BWV 151
Mary Southworth, soprano
Kate Tombaugh, alto
Cameo Humes, tenor
Darrell Acon, bass
Randy Bowman, violin
Dr. Brett Scott, guest conductor
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble
Carlton Monroe, conductor
The Bach Vespers at St. Thomas, a unique worship experience combining Evening Prayer with the cantatas of J. S. Bach, presents the final Vespers of the 2012-2013 program year, featuring soloists Mary Southworth, Kate Tombaugh, Cameo Humes, and Darrell Acorn and the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble under the leadership of guest conductor Dr. Brett Scott. The featured cantata is BWV 151, Süsser Trost mein Jesu kömmt (Sweet comfort, my Jesus comes).
The prelude to the service will be Bach’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, BWV 1056 with soloists and Cincinnati Symphony Principal Flutist Randy Bowman. The will be a reception following the service celebrating the outstanding first year of this beautiful new musical tradition.
The Parish Choir and Choristers will give a special Spring Choral Concert on Sunday, April 29 at 5:00pm. This concert of “greatest hits” – favorite anthems from our past 9 months of singing – will take place in the wonderful acoustics of our Parish Hall. The concert is free and open to the public, so invite your friends for this special end-of-the-year musical celebration!
There are two special musical treats this Sunday at the 10:30am service. First, the Joyful Noise, our pre-school choir from the St. Thomas Nursery School, will present a special musical offering. We are grateful their spirit and enthusiasm! Second, the Parish Choir will be presenting an American premiere, Kyrie, by composer Douglas Pew. Doug is a former CCM student now studying on a Fulbright scholarship in Poland. Doug wrote this piece this in year, dedicating it to the church in Poland where it was first sung. We are delighted to be able to offer the first American performance of this profoundly beautiful piece.
St. Thomas will offer a special Taize Prayer service for Lenton Sunday, March 18 at5:30pm.
Taize Prayer is a simple and peaceful meditation with readings, music, silence and light. Let this beautiful service be a part of your Lenten devotion this year.
To learn more about Taize Prayer, click here.
Bach Vespers at St. Thomas
Sunday, March 4 5:30pm
Prelude: Concerto for Violin in d minor (3rd mvmt)
Cantata: Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut, BWV 199
Alisa Jordheim, soprano
Gerry Itzkoff, violin
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble
Carlton Monroe, conductor
The Bach Vespers at St. Thomas, a unique worship experience combining Evening Prayer with the cantatas of J. S. Bach, will feature soprano Alisa Jordheim in a performance of the heart-wrenching and, ultimately, uplifting cantata “My Heart swims in Blood.” Fitting with the season of Lent, the cantata starts with the unspeakable grief of a sinner, and ends with the recognition of redemption. As a prelude, the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble with soloist Gerry Itzkoff will perform part of a violin concerto reconstructed from an earlier harpsichord concert.
The Catacoustic Consort by Candelight: In Song Lay My Desire
Saturday, Febuary 18, 7:30pm
Cincinnati’s premiere early music ensemble returns to St. Thomas. Join them for a romantic, intimate evening of beautiful music from the Italian Baroque period for soprano, theorbo, harp, viol, and lirone in the debut performance of the Catacoustic Baroque harp. This concert will mark the debut of Catacoustic’s newest period instrument, a baroque harp. Tickets ($20) available at www.catacoustic.com.
The Senior Class invites all to the Annual Showtime afternoon on Wednesday, February 15 in he Parish Hall. Entertainment begins at 12:00pm featuring the 30 men and women of the Singing Seniors, followed by the 40-voice Junior League Choral Group. Both groups are directed by Pat Matchette. A box lunch is served at 1:00pm.
The Singing Seniors meet year-round on alternate Friday mornings, and welcome singers age 55 and up. The group performs their revue, “Putting It Together” each Wednesday afternoon at senior centers, residences and nursing homes. They will give 27 performances this season.
Dr. Elmer Thomas will conduct the chamber oratorio HISTORIA DI JEPHTE by Giacoma Carissimi at 5:30pm Sunday, February 12.
The brief work, about 25 minutes long, concerns Jephte’s vow with God to sacrifice, upon his return home, the first to come from his house if God will grant him victory in war. Alas, his only daughter (the role sung by Krista Cornish Scott) tragically is the first. Of all Carissimi’s chamber works, this is considered to be his “home run.”
The chamber ensemble is soprano soloist, six vocalists (Mary Tuuk, Kelly Haney, Sarah Kendall Jackson, Dashiel Waterbury, Ben Basone, Tom Sherwood) with a continuo group of four- harpsichord, organ, bassoon, and cello.
The oratorio will be performed as part of a candlelit Episcopal Vespers Service. For more information contact Dr. Carlton Monroe, Director of Music.