Worship at Bethel celebrates the great liturgical tradition of the Church, and our musical expression is a reflection of the high points of the liturgical calendar. Choral repertoire and hymnody adheres closely to the liturgical significance of each Sunday or festival.
Bethel Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir sings at Holy Communion every Sunday, September to May, and also at special choral services throughout the year, such as the Christmas Eve Candlelight Eucharist, Epiphany Vespers, and Good Friday Mid-day Devotion. Chancel Choir is open to all adults (college age and up) interested in singing for worship, and new members are always welcome. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays during the Education Hour from 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Dr. Stephen Mager, Bethel’s organist and choirmaster, has directed the Chancel Choir for over 25 years. Professional guest musicians, vocal and instrumental, frequently enrich our worship.
Learn more about Bethel’s Schlicker Organ.
Music performed this past year included:
May 15 (Pentecost): “Come, Thou Holy Spirit, Come” setting by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
April 17: “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” setting by Virgil Thomson
December 27: A Ceremony of Carols (complete) by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976); harp
November 1 (All Saints Day): five movements from Requiem by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924); violin and harp
October 18: “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” by Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
October 25 (Reformation Sunday): “Christ Jesus Lord, Thy Name Adored” by Michael Praetorius
We look forward to special music in the coming year in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, including music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Heinrich Schütz, and George Frideric Handel.