Music plays an integral role in the life and worship of the parish. Central to our philosophy of music is the concept of congregational participation. Whether it takes the form of singing an anthem in one of the choirs or singing a hymn from the pew, it is our goal to incorporate every member of this worshipping community into the musical life of the parish.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields has a strong tradition of choral music. The current program includes a Chorister Training Program (Treble Choir) for boys and girls beginning in the second grade. This group, together with older youth and adult singers, forms the Parish Choir. The Adult Choir, which sings weekly, is an auditioned group of volunteer and professional singers.
Membership to all ensembles is open; please contact interim music director Lyn Loewi for more information.
Interim Music Director
Interim Music Director, Lyn Loewi is “thrilled to be joining the work and mission at St. Martin’s. While visiting with the Reverend Jarrett Kerbel last month, I was struck by some really positive, appealing things. You are a congregation with diversity of backgrounds and views, and your approach is to find common ground where all feel welcome. The choir has both a strong sense of identity, and a sense of purpose. You not only sing well, you sing with spirit! What more could any musician ask?”
Originally from Cleveland, Lyn studied organ and conducting at the University of Michigan; the Schumann Institute in Dusseldorf, Germany; received her Doctor of Musical Arts at Stanford, and unanimous Grand and First Prizes in Organ at the National Conservatory in France, where she spent two years with the legendary Marie-Claire Alain. She served churches in Austin; St. Louis; and Portland, Oregon as music director, as well as teaching at Lewis and Clark College and the University of Minnesota.
Lyn comes to Philadelphia from Denver, where she was Assistant Organist and then Interim Organist and Music Director at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver. She has a long-standing interest in the music of women composers, both instrumental and choral, and was a featured speaker on this topic at last summer’s Association of Anglican Musicians meeting in Boston.
Lyn and husband, David, have three grown sons, the youngest of whom is a candidate for the ministry.
Meyer Family Farewell
We bid a fond farewell to the Meyer family on Sunday, January 5, 2020, as Music Director Erik Meyer departs the staff.
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Choral Evensong for EpiphanySunday, February 2nd, 2020, 5:00 PM
St. Martin’s Choir is an auditioned group of forty volunteer and professional singers, which sings every week at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Eucharist and monthly Evensongs, and rehearses on Thursdays ...
The Treble (children’s) Choir sings twice a month at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist, and is open to children in second through eighth grade; younger Trebles rehearse on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m., while older Trebles rehearse on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., overlapping with the adult choir rehearsal.
Join St. Martin's for a week of music, fun, games, and worship as children learn the basics of choral singing and leading worship!
Our program is open to rising 2nd graders through rising 8th graders.
Music at St. Martin's is not exclusively about worship. The beauty and grace of God is celebrated in a variety of musical styles and genres. We occasionally offer secular concerts, sing-alongs, and...
The first organ at St. Martin’s was built in 1888 by the Roosevelt Organ Co of New York. This two-manual and pedal instrument underwent numerous rebuildings by Hope-Jones, E.M. Skinner a...
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