Music at Saint James Westminster
Music plays a vital role in both the worship and social life here at St. James Westminster. Our organist and music director Stephen Holowitz has been at St. James since 2001. Stephen brings an eclectic mix of musical styles to our services, from Anglican and Latin chant, to traditional motets and anthems, to contemporary gospel and worship songs. Our services seek to incorporate a variety of music to deepen our collective prayer and praise.
Everyone is welcome to join our mixed choir which rehearses most Thursdays from 7:30 pm – 9 pm. While reading music is an asset, it is not as important as enthusiasm and a willingness to participate in this important ministry within our church. The choir often sings at special services, particularly during the Christmas and Easter seasons, and occasionally participate in concerts and musical presentations.
We are fortunate to have many local musicians, both amateur and professional, who share their talents with us during Sunday services. We welcome students to participate as their time will allow, and we are thrilled to have many guest instrumentalists visit us during the year.
We are particularly pleased with our outreach to two groups in particular:
Brassroots – a 12 piece brass and percussion ensemble, and Conspirato – a chamber choir geared towards young adults. Both groups regularly rehearse and perform at St. James and each group presents a wonderful concert series in our sanctuary.
Through the month of July, each Wednesday evening from 7:30- 8:30 pm is reserved for our popular series of Garden Concerts. A variety of local musical groups are featured each year in our beautiful Memorial Garden on Askin Street. In the event of rain the concerts are held in the church.