Music Report

Brad Volland

The past year once again bore witness to many blessings for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s music ministry!  As you know, our choir is small but wholly committed and dedicated to serving  the church and community by praising God through Christ the Son.  The choir and visiting musicians presented a wide range of musical  styles to the congregation and community during the past year.  Our choir presented many new anthems, including a new anthem for each Sunday  during Advent and two new anthems for Christmas Eve.  We will soon be working on new anthems for Holy Week and Easter.

Our sincere appreciation and thanks go to:  Helmut Linne von Berg for his continued choir membership and for sharing his violin music with us; Mary Peterman and Denise Gregory for their beautiful voices and playing  flute and piano; Andy Cortez for his amazing trumpet playing;  Jim Heimbach for sharing his piano playing  and Marilyn Newman  for sharing harp music with  us.

On September 22, 2019, Jim and Elizabeth Heimbach hosted our annual “Gospel on the River” at their beautiful home on the banks  of the Rappahannock River.

Our annual concert series continues to be very well received  by our congregation and community.  On November 2, 2019, we were blessed with  the voices of “PhilHarmonia,” a twenty-voice choir from Philadelphia.

On December 22, 2019, we had our first “Blue Christmas Service.”  We enjoyed the musical  offerings of “Connexion,” a thirty-voice community choir from Colonial  Beach, Virginia.

We are blessed and thankful for Mark W. Thompson and his staff, who continue to offer their specialized talents in the maintenance of our pre-Civil War pipe organ.

It is truly a blessing and a privilege to serve as your music director and organist and2020 promises to be another wonderful year in the musical life of our beloved St. Peter’s.