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. For a glimpse into the voicing of the more than 3,000 pipes of the new C.B. Fisk organ, read organist Parker Kitterman’s personal reflection, or check out this short video showing the building of our new organ.
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 a.m. from September through May, and we rehearse Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m.
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.
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 p.m. and sing once or twice per month in Sunday morning services or for special occasions. Please contact Parker Kitterman to register 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.
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.
We dedicated the new Esther Wideman Memorial Organ in May of 2018 (for more info, click here). You can join us to hear it played during Sunday morning services and at special events.
Please join us in building an endowment to maintain and preserve this new tracker organ, handmade specifically for acoustics and architecture of Christ Church Philadelphia.
Contribute to the Preservation Trust to help fund the organ
Choral Eucharist (music, prayers and communion): Sundays at 11 a.m.
Organ Meditations: Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m., following prayers and communion at noon
Choral Evensongs: Sundays monthly at 5 p.m. and dedicatory events for the Esther Wideman Memorial 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 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; order tickets here.
May 6, 4:30 Pre-service recital: 5 p.m. Dedicatory Evensong
for the Esther Wideman Memorial Organ, C.B. Fisk Op. 150 (free)