I have been the Choirmaster / Organist for St. Philip’s Episcopal Church since 2006. I am responsible for budgeting, planning and implementation of music and liturgy for traditional weekly Eucharists and other special services, including organ and choral music, hymns and mass settings, as well as collaboration with other professional guest musicians. I have been the president of Elkin Music International since 1993. I graduated Furman University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, a Master of Music, Music History from the University of Cincinnati in 1985 and in 1990 my Doctorate from the University of Southern California Choral and Church Music. As you can assume, music and working with musicians and singers is one of the greatest and most rewarding passions in my life.
Liturgy & Music
Usually conducted by adults at the 7:45 a.m. service, youth in from 5th to 12th grade assist the clergy in worship at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services. An Acolyte Coordinator is assisted by other adults who help in training and special events
Caring for the altar and sanctuary are the primary functions of this group of volunteers. Responsibilities may include one or more areas necessary for the liturgy such as altar set-up, polishing brass, flower arrangements and linens.
Upon approval from the Rector, chalice bearers serve the cup during Holy Eucharist. Training sessions are held once a year.
Bring your singing voice and provide choral music for the 11:15 AM Sunday service (10:30 during the summer months) and special services throughout the year. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM and Sunday mornings.
Communion Bread Bakers
Special bread is prepared for communion at the 9:00 AM service each Sunday throughout the year. Bakers work on a rotating basis generally once every 4-5 weeks. A bread recipe is available and few skills are needed to prepare it.
This special group of instrumentalists provides music for services several times a year. In addition, they play at the Senior Day Care Center, The Kingsbridge House, and other locations upon request. Rehearsals occur on Wednesday afternoons at 12:45 PM.
Bring your best handshake and warmest smile to greet worshipers at each service. Invite all to sign the visitor book and encourage all to come again.
Singers and instrumentalists of all ages are invited to participate in the music program for the 9:00 AM. Sunday services. Musical styles range from contemporary to traditional. Rehearsals are held Sunday mornings at 8:00 AM before the service.
With the Rector's approval, a participant must have served as a Lector for one year before becoming a Lay Reader. In this position, you will read lessons, help lead prayers and serve communion. Training sessions are held once a year.
This position is a prerequisite to becoming a Lay Reader. You must serve as a Lector for one year with the approval from the Rector.
At each service you will help to distribute bulletins, assist with seating, collect offerings, usher the congregation for communion, and provide other needed assistance when necessary.