Expressing God’s Love, Engaging in God’s Justice

The choir is meeting online due to the pandemic, singing as a "virtual choir." To get connected, email the church office, adminoffice@nyapc.org. New choir members welcome!

About the Choir

The choir is directed by Dr. Stanley Engebretson. The repertoire continues to be inclusive, reflecting our goals as a church community and our Washington community, including:

  • traditional European masterworks
  • American music (contemporary, folk, spiritual, gospel, American-Indian)
  • new works and traditional hymn tune arrangements by Robert Shaw, Alice Parker, and the like
  • multi-cultural music, featuring works from Africa, Asia, and Latin America

For the past several years, the choir has presented major works in addition to their Sunday music; Masses by F. J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart and others, Cantatas and the Magnificat by J.S. Bach, Ralph Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms; Holy Week music including excerpts from Durufle's Requiem, Schultz' St. Matthew Passion, and Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem; Venetian music from St. Mark's Cathedral with brass quintet on Easter; a contemporary English festival cantata entitled Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten; plus a series of American music beginning in June and continuing into July; and special Christmas Eve music in a Lessons and Carols service with instruments. Each year, music for Lent and Advent is chosen according to a theme.

Choir members generously donate time for not only presenting the music, but behind-the-scenes work. The volunteer choir is usually augmented by four paid Choral Associate positions. Their presence and vocal leadership both in rehearsal and within the Worship Services are immensely valuable to the growth and ongoing development of the choir. In addition to their musical credentials, all of these people are truly members of our community. While these associates and scholarship singers are an important part of the choral and solo presentations, we remain committed to and are grateful for the ongoing support and leadership of volunteer members who sing solos and in small ensembles during the year.