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 music director Erik Meyer for more information.
(215) 247-7466 ext. 104
Erik grew up across the river in Collingswood, NJ, where his parents still live. His family is very musical - his mother is the choir director at Haddonfield High School and his father is the assistant librarian at Curtis Institute. Erik began playing the organ in church when he was thirteen and studied with the Rev. J. Bert Carlson, who was also his choir director in the Academy Boys Choir of South Jersey. Carlson became a strong influence in his teenage years and pushed him to pursue a career in church music. Erik then attended the Peabody Institute of Music, where Donald Sutherland was his teacher and mentor. Erik also met his wife, Anna, at Peabody, where she was studying flute. After graduation they married and moved to Erie, where Erik served at Luther Memorial Church, an active downtown parish and school, and taught at Mercyhurst College.
Erik has played over 100 organ recitals through the east and Europe, both solo and duo with Anna. He also composes music, primarily of the sacred choral variety, and has some pieces published. Anna was 2nd flute with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, principal flute with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, a regular substitute with the Erie Philharmonic, and instructor of flute at Mercyhurst.
Outside of the church walls, Erik loves to read, especially 19th century literature. Erik is a beer brewer and was named the #1 homebrewer in Erie in 2009 for a schwarzbier made with Starbucks. Erik loves late 19th century opera, programmatic symphonic works, and movies from the 1930s. He also claims to be a gardener (vegetable), though not an especially good one; but, Erik has learned a lot about humanity from cultivating plantlife! Erik has a daughter, Lydia, and a son, Lukas.
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 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The Compline Choir leads our semi-monthly Wednesday evening service of plainsong and chant. This is an informal group that gathers at 6:30 p.m. as they can on the ev…Read More »
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.
St. Martin's is notable for having seventeen bells hanging in its spire. The tower has two sets of bells: a nine-note chime and a set of eight English change-ringing bells, which are rung by the Philadelphia Guild of Change Ringers. The Tenor Bell 4-2-8 (512 lbs.) ring was installed in 1980.
Philadelphia Guild of Change Ringers
It is not surprising that Philadelphia, the city whi…Read More »