Music plays a vital role in the life of St. Margaret's. It is through music that many people find their way to the Episcopal Church. Our music program at St. Margaret's exists first and foremost to serve worship through leading in the liturgies of our church. The importance placed on the high quality of music lifts our worship experience to greater heights. There are numerous ways for parishioners to participate in the music program through choral singing, participating in worship and attending our concerts produced by St. Margaret's Friends of Music.
The St. Margaret's Adult Choir sings for the 10:00 am service most Sundays September through June and for special services during the year including the very popular Lessons & Carols services. Rehearsals are on Thursdays with occasional special rehearsals scheduled throughout the year. New members are welcome to join this choir after appointment and audition with the Choirmaster.
OUR QUIMBY ORGAN
Dedicated on St. Margaret’s Day in 1998, the St. Margaret’s organ is Opus 50 of the Quimby Pipe Organ Company of Warrensburg, Missouri. This company has built organs in several prominent venues in the nation, and in recent years was responsible for the total restoration of the great organ in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.
St. Margaret’s organ is a 4 manual and pedal instrument comprised of 58 Stops, 71 Ranks, and 4,291 Pipes. In addition to a majority of new pipe work, a number of beautiful color stops built by the famous early 20th Century American builder Ernest M. Skinner have been incorporated. Additionally, 20 digital stops (18 ranks plus Harp and Chimes) were added to provide more support for congregational singing in the rear of the Nave and the balcony, and to provide accompaniment for occasional soloist and choir singing from the balcony. The organ was designed to accompany the Anglican service and to successfully and authentically play centuries of organ literature, all of which has been explored through a yearly series of recitals since the installation.
DOUGLAS LEIGHTENHEIMER, DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
For more information about all things musical at St. Margaret's contact Douglas Leightenheimer at 750-346-2697, ext. 109, or email Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org.