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Music

Music is a vital aspect of our life as a worshipping community at St. Thomas, and the quality of the music program is singular. Every recent survey of parishioners has found that the music program ranks near the top of parish interests, and many parishioners cite the music program as a primary reason for their choice of St. Thomas over other Episcopal churches in the area.

An adult choir of up to 40 unpaid members sings at the 10:00 Eucharist every Sunday. Repertoire is drawn from the classic Anglican and Episcopalian tradition, encompassing music from the Renaissane through the present day. The literature of England, France and Russia is especially well represented in a music library of more than 425 titles. Congregational music is drawn from the Hymnal 1982.

In addition to weekly services, the choir participates in several special musical services each year: an All Saints Sunday Requiem Mass with a small orchestra, a Lessons and Carols service (the oldest in the U.S., with the 73nd annual celebration in 2007), an Evensong of the music of J.S. Bach during Lent, and a spring orchestral mass. These events bring the community into St. Thomas, both by inviting other local instrumentalists and singers to participate and by drawing music lovers to worship here.

From time to time a Junior Choir program participates in the 10:00 Eucharist. The 5:00 Eucharist at Edgerton House draws upon the talents of Dartmouth students who provide music from the hymnal and the Taize community.

Dr. Gerald Weale, Professor Emeritus of the Boston University School of Music, is our Organist and Choirmaster. Formerly chair of the Organ Department, he taught choral repertoire, conducting and other subjects at that institution for 29 years and has previously served parishes in New York City, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Dr. Weale is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists and holds the only Presiding Bishop's Certificate in Church Music ever awarded. His deep experience and love for music and the St. Thomas choir combine to make excellent music a very high priority in the parish. Jerry, a gifted teacher with an outrageous sense of humor, makes learning difficult music fun.

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