St. Joseph’s Music Ministry is directed by Nelda Chapman. The Music Ministry hosts two choirs at St. Joseph’s, numerous musical events throughout the year including Third Thursday Organ Interludes (organ recitals performed by various organists from the local area during the school year months on third Thursdays of the month), and the annual performances of Handel’s Messiah by the Choral Society of Middle Georgia during the days leading up to Christmas. St. Joseph’s Church pipe organ uses over 3,000 pipes to make some of the most beautiful music in middle Georgia. Described as a building with the best acoustics in the area, St. Joseph’s Church produces some of the grandest, majestic, and heavenly sounds, and lends itself to the worship and adoration of God.
St. Joseph’s Choir sings regularly during the 9:30 am Sunday Mass, with rehearsals normally on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 pm in the Choir Loft of the Church.
The Canticum Novum and Schola regularly sing at the 2:00 pm Latin Mass on the last Sunday of each month with rehearsals normally at 1:30 pm (preceding the Latin Mass) in the Choir Loft of the Church.
Third Thursday Organ Interludes and Lunch
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Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 – Dr. Brian Taylor, Organist
Toccata for Organ – John Weaver (b. 1937)
John Weaver served as Organist for Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church from 1970 until 2005. He has taught at a number of prestigious music conservatories on the East Coast and composed organ, choral and congregational music for use in the Church.
Jesus Loves Me – William B. Clarke, Jr. (1926-2012)
“Billy” Clarke was a life-long resident of Savannah, GA where he served as organist for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church from 1952 until his death. Every Savannah organist plays Mr. Clarke’s rendition of this children’s hymn.
Celtic Fanfare – Robin Beauchamp (b. 1962)
Robin Beauchamp is a well-known trumpet player, composer and arranger in Savannah. His Celtic Fanfare is often used during the St. Patrick’s Day Mass at Savannah’s St. John the Baptist Catholic Cathedral.
A Fantasia on Three Traditional Celtic Melodies – Paul Halley (b. 1952)Paul Halley served as Organist for St. John the Divine Episcopal Cathedral in New York from 1977 to 1989. During this time he also became part of the Paul Winter Consort and did some compositions for that group. His Outer Hebrides also appears on the St. Patrick’s Day Mass at Savannah’s Cathedral.
St. Patrick’s Breastplate
(Movement III) from Sonata No. 4 “Celtica” (Opus 153) – Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
The hymn known as “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” has been attributed to St. Patrick since 690 A.D. The translation in common use, “I bind unto myself today” appeared with the tune known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate in “Complete Collection of Irish Melodies” by George Petrie and edited by C. V. Stanford. Stanford is one of three giants in the 19th century British musical world along with Edward Elgar and C. Hubert H. Parry. Among their many accomplishments these three are known for the Anglican choral revival which brought British Cathedral music to the standard we now know today. This organ sonata was composed towards the end of his career in 1918.
If you would like to join the Music Ministry, please contact Nelda Chapman at: 478-394-4720 or Nelda@st-joseph.cc