Music Program

Director of Music Ministry: Jim Douglas

Music Ministry Mission Statement:

Music is an integral part of the parish life at St. Matthew’s Church, existing to transform and joyfully connect people with God and each other through worship, formation, mission, education and fellowship.

During the choir season (September through June), the worship experience at St. Matthew’s is enriched by the music offered by our choirs. A diverse repertoire of music spanning the eras of music is offered each week. Our graded Chorister Program is open to any children in elementary and middle school. Our Seraphim (elementary age) and Cherubim (middle school age) choirs rehearse on Wednesday late afternoons, with supper for children and their families in between. Choristers sing monthly, on major feast days and for Family Worship services. Our Adult Choir is open to those in high school and older. They sing on most Sunday mornings, for special services, and rehearse on Wednesday nights. Members of the adult choir make up the Compline Choir, which leads music for Compline services held on the last Wednesday of the month.

Our Handbell Choir is open to anyone in high school and older and rehearses on Mondays. They play their own repertoire and frequently accompany the choirs and congregation, playing in worship monthly.

There are also opportunities for those parishioners not regularly involved in the music program to share their talents as a solo instrumentalist or vocalist. Membership in all of our choirs is volunteer and open to anyone, regardless of religious affiliation or background, including those who are not members of the parish. For more information about our Music Ministry, please contact: James Douglas (Jim), Director of Music Ministry, (609) 737-0985 ext. 4, or at music@stmatthewspennington.org.