Music

You're invited to the Organ Dedication!

We are pleased to invite you to our Organ Dedication on October 16th, 2021 at 4:30pm and 7:00pm. This is an exciting opportunity to witness the dedication of our organ to God with the hope that it will serve and bless the community with beautiful music for many years. Save your seat by using the Register Here button found just above this paragraph. We look forward to seeing you! The concerts are supported by gifts made in loving memory of Howard Scarrow, a longtime member of the Setauket Presbyterian Church choir.

We are also pleased to welcome David Enlow, a world renowned organist who will play for us on the evening of October 16th. You can read more about David Enlow in his biography below and at his website

David Enlow's Biography:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The music program places special emphasis on the great works of Mozart, Haydn and their contemporaries, often offered with chamber orchestra, but also includes plainsong, Renaissance polyphony, Baroque music, and 20th-century works. For two years, the church offered choral evensong, featuring the 19th and 20th century cathedral repertory.

 

David serves as Assistant Conductor and répétiteur to the Clarion Choir and has appeared in most all of New York’s major concert halls as an accompanist at the piano with choruses, solo singers, and in performances of chamber music. In early music, David is also organist of the Clarion Music Society, and appears with various groups at the organ, harpsichord, and fortepiano.

In national organ performance competitions, he received the first prizes of the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival (USA) and the Arthur Poister Competition, and has recently served as a judge for several others including the Albert Schweitzer festival and the AGO’s improvisation competition. David studied the organ with Paul Jacobs, John Weaver, and John Tuttle, and improvisation with Gerre Hancock. 

David’s work at the Church of the Resurrection on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where he arrived in 2001 while still a student, has included directing performances of over fifty different settings of the mass each year, sung by the church’s professional choir.

Music Programs

Setauket Presbyterian Church carries a long standing tradition of fun, fellowship, and spiritual enrichment. The choirs are an inspirational way of expressing our thanks and praise to God. Everyone is invited to experience and explore their faith musically.

Music is an important part of life. It can be inspiring, moving, or uplifting. Here at SPC, music is equally important in worship as a complement to scripture readings, sermons, and prayers. Henry Giles says, “A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.”

The SPC Choir and the Bell Choir invite you to experience the joy and camaraderie of “making music.” If you love to sing, then join the SPC Choir on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. If you can keep a beat and can count, then you may want to try your hand in the Hand Bell Choir on Friday evenings at 7:15 p.m. in the Choir Room. Both choirs are open to junior and senior high youth and adults alike. Younger singers, ages 4-12, are invited to join the Children’s Choir on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am.

We are not looking for expert musicians (although that would be great!) and we are not looking for perfection. As Johann Sebastian Bach once said, “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”

CHOIR CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE RELATED TO COVID-19 SINGING IN PUBLIC SPACES RESTRICTIONS.

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SPC Choir

The SPC Choir rehearses Thursday evenings and sings at Sunday 9:30AM services as well as other special occasions. The repertoire of the choir includes a balance of classical pieces to the latest Contemporary Christian anthems. The music is generally not too difficult, and help is available for those pieces which are more challenging. New members ages 13 and older are encouraged to join.

 

Membership: Teens to Retirees
Rehearsals: TBD (due to COVID)

Handbell Choir

The fun-loving, hard-working, handbell choir meets regularly on Friday evenings. It enhances the Sunday morning services periodically, and is occasionally asked to provide music for community events. If you know how to count, you too can join this companionable group.

Membership: Teens to Retirees
Rehearsals: Friday at 7:15 PM

Children's Choir

The Children’s Choir is open to all children who love music. It rehearses Sundays mornings in the choir room and sings periodically at church services and other special events from September to June. The children who participate learn the value and feel the joy of traditional and contemporary church music.

Membership: 4 years to 12 years,
Rehearsals: TBD (due to COVID)