Music plays a big part in the life of the Redeemer, breathing life into almost all our services. We’re blessed with a great music-leadership team, who coordinate not only our music programming, but an impressive and talented team of both professional and congregational musicians, ranging from opera singers to musicoligists.
On Sunday evenings, we host musically inclined services at 7pm, with our calendar rotating between Evensong, Rock Eucharist, Bach Vespers and Taizé services. Upcoming Sunday evening services are listed in the sidebar.
Rock Eucharist services explore the music of a popular artist or band, performed by a group of talented musicians. Music is woven through a casual service including some brief thoughts on the artists and songs selected, along with prayer, the breaking of bread and sharing of wine in communion.
At Bach Vespers, our dedicated choir and chamber orchestra perform the cantatas of J.S. Bach. Beautiful choral music and thoughtful preaching give shape to this service.
Our candlelit Taizé services are usually on the fourth and fifth Sundays of the month, and feature a style of mindful and meditative prayer facilitated by the calming repetition of simple musical ideas in a variety of languages. The music and prayers come from the Taizé monastic community in France.
Our Evensong services feature traditional hymns and prayers. A brief reflection on the evening’s scripture readings is shared.
Check our calendar.
The Legacy of George Black
George Black, a longtime member of the Redeemer, was a professor of French Literature, as well as a liturgist, hymnist, church musician and composer. George believed that music is an integral part of liturgy, that the choir’s role is to lead, and that the congregation’s work is to sing with purpose. He led by example, mentoring clergy, lay leaders and musicians his entire life.
George left a library of arrangements for psalms, which we are working to make available as a resource to churches, organizations, individuals and students who are interested in this body of work. If you are interested, please get in touch with Dan Norman, our Director of Music or use the form below.
The George A Black Liturgical Fellowship
Following George’s death in 2003, a fellowship in his name was established to help train future leaders of the church in areas of music and liturgy, and to develop skills of musicians interested in pursuing a career in church music, who demonstrate excellence in undergraduate and graduate music studies. Past recipients include Mark Vuorinen and our current Director of Music, Dan Norman. Our current fellow – since November 2015 – is Will Reid.