Sing to the Lord
The music ministry of Saint Martin’s Church serves as the musical heart of Sunday worship. The Chancel Choir sings most frequently at the 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist from September to May. The ministry also incorporates instrumentalists who play flute, brass, harp, violin and other instruments. The Pilgrim Brass Ensemble visits several times a year.
Special offerings of choral music are made in the seasons of Advent and Christmas, as well as on Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and at Easter. Choral presentations often include solos, duets and trios. The repertoire is classical and classical-contemporary with an emphasis on supporting the congregational singing from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982.
As an all volunteer group, membership in the choir is open without audition to all who enjoy singing and are eager to work together, forming a sense of community both musically and spiritually. Please, direct questions to Sandy at email@example.com or simply join us on Thursdays at 7:30!
Director Sandra Tittle
“Leading the church’s song at Saint Martin’s” is the way Sandra Tittle, Director of Music Ministries, describes her role at Saint Martin’s. Sandy believes that music for worship should spring from the people; consequently, she involves as many parishioners as possible in the music making—singing in the Chancel Choir, ringing handbells, and playing instruments. With undergraduate degrees in piano performance and music education and a masters degree in organ performance, Sandy has found great joy in planning and preparing music for worship during the past 17 years at Saint Martin’s. Sandy plays the organ and directs the choral and instrumental classical music in the worship of our congregation and occasionally arranges for visiting musicians. For much of her career Sandy taught music and also served as College Organist at Hiram College, a post from which she recently retired.
Saint Martin’s Camerata
Camerata, our instrumental chamber ensemble, plays frequently for worship, performing mostly music from the Baroque and Classical periods. Members include: Karen Gerken, flute; Carolyn Downie, violin; Elaine Brophy, clarinet; Phyllis Marino, flute; Don Daley, viola; and Amanda Meitz and Linda Gilbert, trumpets. We welcome new members to the group. Contact Sandy Tittle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilgrim Brass is an ecumenical group of musicians whose home-base is Pilgrim Christian Church in Chardon, Ohio. They rehearse weekly and share their talents freely with various congregations and services. Two trumpeters are members of Saint Martin’s Church and the group plays at Saint Martin’s several times a year.
Saint Martin’s is blessed to own fine musical instruments. Two of the most prominent are the organ and grand piano.
“The Saint Martin’s-Miles Park pipe organ was originally designed by Walter Holtkamp, Sr. and built by the Votteler-Holtkamp-Sparling Organ Company in 1934. It was given to Saint Martin’s by Miles Park Presbyterian Church and moved, refurbished, modernized and installed by The Holtkamp Organ Company of Cleveland in 2001. It retains the electro-pneumatic action and most of the original 1200 pipes in 26 ranks with 21 stops. During the renovation two new ranks were added. It now has 1551 pipes in 28 ranks with 23 stops, and continues to be consistent with the baroques organ design principles and sound advocated by its original builder. The addition of the Zymbalstern is a delight to all.” For more information on the organ click on: http://www.holtkamporgan.com/Pages/Item/123/ar_1041.aspx
“The Yamaha baby grand piano was given by the Marshall family after John’s death in 1987. Mary died in March 2014 at the age of 98. Their only child Thomas is still a member of Saint Martin’s. The Marshalls were founding members of the church. Anyone lucky enough to know the Marshalls knew them as very loving, generous, sharing, funny, quirky and any other loving adjective you would use for a beloved family.”