MUSIC AT
CHRIST CHURCH

Enjoy the beauty and energy of music as worship.

Musical Groups

Whether you’re participating from the pulpit or the pews, you can enjoy lively musical worship. Our children and adult choirs and our Bell Guild are made up of Christ Church congregants. Each adds a unique aspect to every service!

Choir group rehearsing with piano

The Christ Church Choir

The Christ Church Choir is a collegial mixture of volunteer and professional singers, parishioners and community folk. We sing at services every Sunday at 11 AM from September through May, and we rehearse Thursday evenings from 7-9 PM.

New singers of all levels of experience are welcome! Our choral and congregational repertoire is expansive; on a given Sunday, one may hear a rousing African chant calling the people to worship, a traditional hymn accompanied by organ, an American shape-note hymn sung a cappella, or an anthem by Britten, Brahms, Billings or Byrd.

We also sing monthly Evensongs or special seasonal services for All Saints, Advent, Christmas Eve and during Holy Week (see schedule below). Please contact Director of Music Parker Kitterman at 215-922-1695 x27 if you are interested in being part of our groups.

Children's choir performing

Youth Choir

The Christ Church Children’s Youth Choir offers kids a great musical education and singing experience in our historic church. No singing experience or religious affiliation is necessary.

We rehearse Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 PM and sing once or twice per month in Sunday morning services or for special occasions. Please contact Parker Kitterman if you are interested in registering children 7 and up.


The Bell Guild

The Bell Guild at Christ Church is a group of parishioner volunteers with keyboard training who peal the bells in the tower before and after worship services. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Bell Ringer, please contact Cecilia Wagner.


Organ pipes individually labeled

The Organ at Christ Church

Christ Church has had many great organs in its 300-plus-year history, including the 1766 Feyring organ, the 1836 Erben organ and The Curtis Memorial Organ, which blessed the worship at Christ Church for more than 75 years.

In September 2017, a new organ arrived at Christ Church! C.B. Fisk Organ Builders of Gloucester, Massachusetts, have designed a new pipe organ to fit our restored 1836 organ case.

Unlike mass-produced organs that rely on electricity, mechanical-action pipe organs send pressurized air through pipes operated by a keyboard. Each pipe offers one sound, a pitch “voiced” through a laborious and timely tuning process, making the organ uniquely fitted to the architecture of historic Christ Church. As the pipes sing with one another, they will call us to worship with beauty, power and sensitivity.

Our goal is to dedicate the new Esther Wideman Memorial Organ in Spring of 2018. You can join us to hear it played during Sunday morning services and at special events.  For specific dates, see below.

Contribute to the Preservation Trust to help fund the organ

Musical Calendar

Choral Eucharist (music, prayers and communion): Sundays at 11am
Organ Meditations: Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m., beginning October 4
Choral Evensongs: Sundays monthly at 5 p.m. and dedicatory events for the new organ, C.B. Fisk Op. 150:
October 1, 5 p.m.: Choral Evensong for St. Francis Day

November 5, 5 p.m.: All Saints Evensong: Requiem Service of Remembrance

December 10, 5 p.m.: Advent Evensong: Lessons & Carols

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: 8:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Cantata and 9 p.m. Holy Eucharist with
                Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

January 7, 5 p.m.: Epiphany Evensong: Service of Light

February 11 5 p.m.: Jazz Vespers, Lucas Brown organ trio

March 4, 5 p.m.: Petr Eben’s Labyrinth of the World with
                Kathleen Scheide, organ, and narration

March 26-29, 12:30-1 p.m.: Holy Week Organ Meditations

March 28-29, 7 p.m.: Holy Week Choral Services

March 30, 7 p.m.: Organ and poetry readings on Tournemire’s “7 Last Words of Christ”

April 1, 9 and 11 a.m.: Easter Eucharist, with Franklin Brass

April 15, 4 p.m.: AGO Young Artists Organ Recital
                 Joshua Stafford and Amanda Mole

May 5, 7 p.m.: Alan Morrison in Concert

May 6, 5 p.m., 4:30 pre-service recital: Dedicatory
            Evensong for the Esther Wideman Memorial Organ, C.B. Fisk Op. 150

News and Press

Our current projects include installing and voicing a new pipe organ.

SEE ALL NEWS

Explore Our Collections

View our rich holdings of artifacts, archives and library materials.

LEARN MORE

Make a Gift

Contribute financially to Christ Church.

DONATE NOW

All Are Welcome

Find yourself within the community of Christ Church.

JOIN IN FELLOWSHIP

Independence Rests Here

Discover the Christ Church Burial Ground.

VISIT THE BURIAL GROUND

MENU