Music St. Martin’s

Music St. Martin’s offers something for everyone. Our music series includes choral groups, instrumental groups and solo musicians from across the United States and Europe. Our remarkable choir is a keystone to the worship experience and is open to both professional singers and those those who can carry a tune and like to sing.

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Parish Choir
St. Martin’s Choir is a rewarding place of service to the Lord and our congregation. Singing for the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services, the Choir enjoys being accompanied by our wonderful Gloria Dei Organ. A variety of classical music, renewal songs and traditional hymns give members opportunities to learn and appreciate the many different styles of sacred music composed for Christians and the Church. Part singing is a standard practice. The Choir is comprised of approximately 85 members, including professional staff singers. New members find strong support from seasoned singers in the Choir who provide encouragement and support. Try us out! We’re welcoming and pleased to see new faces. Rehearsals are Thursdays 7 — 9:15 p.m. in the Choir Hall. For more information, contact Dr. David Henning at 713-985-3820 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Handbell Choir
St. Martin’s Handbell Choir is welcoming new ringers. The ability to read music is encouraged. The love and enthusiasm for music is strongly nurtured in this group. The art of handbell ringing is an outgrowth of the ancient art of change ringing in English cathedrals. Rehearsals are held Thursdays 5:30 — 6:30 p.m. in Founders’ Hall. For more information, contact Dr. David Henning at 713-985-3820 oremail hidden; JavaScript is required.

Youth Choir
The Youth Choir is for 6th — 12th graders with unchanged voices. The St. Martin’s Youth Choir rehearses from 10:15 — 11 a.m. each week, and then takes part in the 11:15 a.m. worship service procession and sings with the Parish Choir. The mission of the Youth Choir is to challenge older singers with more difficult music while preparing them to become active, contributing members of our Parish. This young choir focuses on developing youths’ voices and musicianship through preparation of challenging, sacred repertoire, and also collaborates with the Choristers on a monthly basis. For more information, contact Kellen Gray atemail hidden; JavaScript is required.

Choristers
The St. Martin’s Choristers for children K– 5th grade rehearse and attend worship at the Family Table services on a weekly basis. They also perform anthems in both the 9:15 a.m. Family Table services and the 9 a.m. worship service on a monthly basis. The Choristers’ mission is to make joyful, beautiful music while teaching children that they hold a very special place in the worship service at St. Martin’s. For more information, contact Kellen Gray atemail hidden; JavaScript is required.

Noon Organ Recital Series
The free Noon Organ Recital Series is usually offered the fourth Wednesday of each month from noon to 12:30 p.m. in association with the Docent Guild tour. Special events or holidays may alter this schedule. Call 713-621-3040 for updates.

2014 – 2015 Season

Lessons and Carols Service
Sunday, December 7, 11:15 a.m.
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Houston Civic Symphony Concert
Tuesday, February 3, 7 p.m.
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Tre Voci Concert
Friday, February 27, 7 p.m.
The Church
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U.S. Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club in Concert
Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m.
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Good Friday – A Requiem
Friday, April 3, 6 p.m.
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The Cathedral Choir from St. Paul’s, London
Friday, April 24, 7 p.m.
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Music Fest – Organ Concert with Dr. David Henning
Friday, May 1, 7 p.m.
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Music Fest – Drew and Ellie in Concert
Saturday, May 2, 7 p.m.
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Music Fest – Beethoven’s Mass in C with St. Martin’s and St. Thomas Episcopal Parish Choirs
Sunday, May 3, 6 p.m.
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Gloria Dei Organ

Our Schoenstein Organ, Opus 145, was crafted in San Francisco, California, by the Schoenstein Organ Company. Jack Bethards, the head of Schoenstein Organ Company, Thomas Murray, Yale Professor and University Organist, and Jack Levick, Organist and Choir Master of The Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, were most helpful in the design of this instrument.The Gloria Dei organ was dedicated September 19, 2004, by the Rt. Rev. Don Wimberly, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, at the 11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist service.

The Gloria Dei Organ contains 80 ranks of pipes with 68 voices controlled by a four manual and pedal board console. Each stop on an organ, such as the trumpet or flute or diapason, has to have a pipe for every single note that is played. The collection of pipes that make up the sound, for instance, of a trumpet, etc., are called a rank. Each rank consist of 32, 49, 61 or 73 individual pipes, except for the mutation stops that can have up to 266 pipes such as the Mixture stop in the Swell Division. This pipe organ is able to produce a wide range of dynamics because a considerable number of pipes are placed under expression in chambers behind the façade. The face of these chambers have shutter shades on them that are able to be controlled by the organist from the console, thus opening up the sound of the pipes in the chamber to the main church and making them louder. Two of the divisions, the Swell and the Solo, have additionally enclosed interior chambers so there are pipes that are able to sound twice as soft as those sitting in the front or first enclosure. The façade of the organ soars some 56 feet above the nave floor and flanks either side of Rose Window in The Church at St. Martin’s.

A 40-page full color booklet describing the organ and dedication events is available through St. Martin’s Music Department for $10 plus shipping and handling. To order, call 713-985-3838.