Special Announcements From Our Director of Music
Welcome to a Special Edition of Music Notes highlighting all the truly exciting ventures our music ministry will take us on in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead!
I do hope you all had a fulfilling Holy Week & Easter and a joyous Eastertide so far! I also hope that you are as proud of our Choir and Section Leaders as I am for providing such wonderful music through Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Thank you to all who helped us equip and engage our congregation within our worship services. Now as our Choir returns and regular programming continues to resume after various hiatuses, Our Ministries Continue!
It is essential for our music ministry to work in order to remain in line with our aims and missions we work towards at the Church of St. Martin's and as The Episcopal Church. While striving for excellence both in our liturgy and music, and in all our outreach, community, and social justice work, it is vital that we remain an open, inclusive, diverse, faithful, and welcoming parish, especially during the transition of our Rector, Rev. Jarrett, and Associate Rector, Rev. Barb. I hope that the special events and services we have coming up will help drive this force for good in our community and beyond, as well as providing a faith-based, community oriented, and fulfilling time for our congregation, members, and friends.
Music In Your Neighborhood returns this Wednesday, May 4! We have a truly excellent line up of musicians (more information here) from all over the world and from a variety of backgrounds. How wonderful it will be to welcome them, our congregation and communities, as well as local businesses and food trucks to our grounds in the coming 6 weeks of concerts! Please spread the word and tell your friends! Tickets can be acquired and donations made at www.Artcinia.com. Please do give generously as you are able to support this wonderful series. Not only does your generosity ensure the series continues at St. Martin's but it also genuinely helps to bring music to underserved and underrepresented populations across the City of Philadelphia. I am so grateful to all who help make this series possible! Just look at the pictures from last year! Children and Grandparents, New and Old, First-timers and long-timers, all took part in a wonderful series of music making in our community and I look forward to the same in the next 6 weeks.
But wait! There is another musical event before Music in Your Neighborhood begins! On April 30, at 7pm, we will welcome Grammy nominated musicians:
This Saturday, at 7pm, St. Martin’s will host the touring Kory Caudill + Wordsmith - Concert for the Human Family (Philadelphia, PA)
(Members & Friends of St. Martin's receive a 10% discount with code: stmartins)
Experience genre-crossing original music that bridges jazz, hip-hop, rock and bluegrass, performed by a multicultural, award-winning team of recording artists, led by GRAMMY nominated pianist and composer Kory Caudill. The concert is interwoven with sacred stories to launch conversation around reconciliation and healing in the communities we call home.
Raise your hands if you love Choral Evensong!? I know I do! Choral Evensong offers us the chance to either end our weekend, or prepare for our week ahead with a service of beautiful scripture and music led by the Choir and Section Leaders of St. Martin's.
Our next evensong is this Sunday, May 1 at 5pm featuring music by George Dyson, Drese, and John Reading.
In wishing to continue with our Becoming Beloved Community work, the June Choral Evensong on June 5 at 5pm will have a distinctively rainbow feeling as we celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month with a LGBTQ+ Pride Evensong. With music by and inspired by members of queer and underrepresented populations, this service will also see the return of some members of our Children's Chorister program(!) who will return to help support music through the service as well as singing a special introit for the evening. A short reception will follow on our terrace. Please invite your friends and families, particularly those who identify within the LGBTQ+ communities we wish to reach. A free-will offering will be taken for the joint benefit of the Music Fund at St. Martin's and the William Way LGBT Community Center here in Philadelphia.
I am beyond pleased to make all these events happen at St. Martin's, and indeed, I am beyond proud of all our staff, volunteers, and congregation members who help to support, nurture, and provide for those in our community and all of those reached by our ministries.
With deep gratitude to all who support our ministry and my work at St. Martin's.
BMus(Hons) PGDip MMus ARCO LTCL LRSM
Director of Music
Director of Music
(215) 247-7466 ext. 105
As Director of Music at St. Martin's, Mr. Tyrone Whiting (he/him) oversees all our music ministries, outreach, and education. Tyrone says: "With a robed adult choir supported by four professional section leaders, a children’s choir Chorister program, and a robust series of concerts throughout the year, St. Martin’s is an incredibly musically active church, whose mission and outreach are at the heart of the music program. I am proud and grateful to all who participate and support our music ministries."
Winner of multiple prizes, organist, pianist, and conductor, Tyrone Whiting began his formal studies as a teenager with Nigel McClintock at Croydon Parish Church (now Croydon Minster) in London, UK. Five years later, in the summer of 2011, he was awarded the Associateship diploma of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO).
Tyrone previously graduated from the Royal College of Music (RCM) as a scholar from the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Science course, where he was generously funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentship and supported by the Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award. Returning to the RCM in 2016, Tyrone received a distinction in the one-year fast-track Master of Music degree course, achieving an ‘excellent’ category distinction grade in his final organ recital, and receiving the renowned Harold Darke Prize in 2017. Tyrone studied organ with both David Graham and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, conducting with Peter Stark and Howard Williams, and has also undertaken historical performance projects with Jane Chapman and Lawrence Zazzo.
Graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he studied organ performance with William Whitehead, Daniel Moult, and Ann Elise Smoot, Tyrone was three times winner of the Geoffrey Singleton Prize for Organ Performance (2010, 2011 & 2012), and twice winner of the Cardnell Organ Prize for ‘talents as an organist’ (2011 & 2012). Throughout the degree, Tyrone trained as a pianist under the direction of the renowned Phillip Fowke and continues to perform piano alongside his organ work. Tyrone also studied at Trinity’s Junior Department where he was awarded the Hambourg Award for Improvisation.
In September 2017, Tyrone was appointed Director of Music at Grace Church in Newark, New Jersey, USA and began working there in February 2018. At Grace Church, Tyrone extended the Chorister Choir School program, developed and expanded the adult choir, and founded a brand-new adult chamber choir, Brick City Chorus, as well as significantly raising the profile of music at Grace Church and the Arts in Newark, NJ.
Prior to Tyrone’s arrival in the USA, he was Director of Music at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Battersea from 2012 to early 2018. At St. Mary’s, Tyrone established a biennial recital series as well as a new fully-funded choral scholarship program, and conducted several large-scale concerts including Mozart and Fauré’s requiems, J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion, and Stainer’s Crucifixion. Collaborative work included conducting a recent commission by prominent British composer Simon Bainbridge written for the Choir of St. Mary’s, as well as working as accompanist for the Philharmonia Chorus under conductors Stefan Bevier and Yaron Traub.
Passionate about teaching, Tyrone was awarded the Licentiateship diploma of Trinity College, London (LTCL) in Instrumental/Vocal Teaching with a high distinction and worked in and around London as a teacher of organ, piano, and theory. He was formerly Head of Music at Elmhurst Independent School for Boys for many years and worked as an animateur in London schools and with the London Mozart Players.
Music is an integral fundamental part of the worship and life of St. Martin’s. A typical Sunday Eucharist will include two anthems, and a psalm sung by the choir, as well a congregational mass setting (sometimes choral settings are used) and hymns. Congregational singing is an important part of our worship; music adds heightened meaning to texts and scripture and is a wonderful medium for expressing the inexpressible in times of joy and gladness, or in time of difficulty and sadness.