"Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations."-- Psalm 57:7-9
St. James Episcopal Church has long regarded music to be an integral part of its liturgical expression. The principal Sunday services are always accompanied by organ and/or instrumentalists and singing leadership.
Our Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m. is led by an adult choir comprised of professional and amateur singers at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services. Our choir has a reputation for high standards and beautiful music-making drawn from the Anglican heritage. The adult choir sings regularly at the Sunday Eucharist, Christmas Eve services, and special performances throughout the year. All are welcome who are willing to commit to weekly rehearsals and the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services, and who enjoy the great music of the Christian church.
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays in the choir room on the second floor of the Parish Hall from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., through the school year.
The adult choir is occasionally complemented by the St. James Treble Choir in an offertory anthem or communion meditation.
The St. James Treble Choir came into being in August 2013 under founding musical director Tricia Delony, and St. James Episcopal Church offers opportunities to participate in one of the finest Anglican choral traditions with open auditions for the 2019-2020 St. James Treble Choir.
The Treble Choir is an auditioned group of girls at least eight years of age, and boys with unchanged voices. Auditions are open to interested singers throughout the area. While some choristers are St. James parishioners, many choir families come from other faith traditions and congregations across the Greater Baton Rouge area.
The St. James Treble Choir rehearses weekly during the school year, and sings at two Sunday morning services at St. James, monthly. The Treble Choir has had the opportunity to collaborate in LSU concerts and other area choral opportunities. Choristers grow in confidence, presence, self-esteem, collegiality, as well as gain deep awareness and appreciation for the disciplined study of poetry, music, and the arts. To support the sense in which the members of the Treble Choir understand professional commitment and skill, each chorister can earn stipends for rehearsals and performances.
Shannon Gallier, a native of southeast Texas, and Music Director at St. James, is the Treble Choir director. Mr. Gallier recently arrived at St. James, having served as organist-choirmaster at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia, since 2014. Gallier holds degrees in music performance and literature from Centenary College of Louisiana, and from The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has performed as an organ recitalist throughout the United States. He is an active member of the Royal School of Church Music in America, which seeks to foster the training of young singers in the Anglican choral tradition.
For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact Shannon Gallier or 225-387-5141, ext. 1224.
Thank you to all who supported the Treble Choir in donations and/or presence, and thank you to the Treble Choir personnel, and Matthew Gardner, M.M., Interim Director!