The Music Program at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field is about community, outreach, education and pastoral care; but most of all, it is about worship of the Almighty.
Liturgical music embraces the arts to lift the senses and to illuminate the themes of the Lectionary to enhance meaning and to help embed them in our memory. It encourages and nurtures a community that listens responsively, increasing active participation through emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual engagement.
In addition to continual congregational participation, the Music Program at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field consists of the St Cecilia and St. Nicholas Children’s Choir, the Parish Choir, the Recorder Consort, the Handbell Choir and St. Martin’s Ensemble – a group of instrumentalists. In all, more than 50 volunteers serve in this regular capacity.
Music in worship is an integral part of prayer, a way of expressing thanks or lamentation, asking forgiveness; it is a source of familiarity and enjoyment, a participatory, accessible means of reaching people at a basic spiritual level transcending language. It is an ideal tool for all people to praise God.
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord: and to sing praises unto thy Name, O most Highest.” – Psalm 92:1
For any questions about the music program, please contact our Director of Music: Dr. James Walton