My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation,
I hear the sweet, tho’ far-off hymn
That hails a new creation;
Thro’ all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul –
How can I keep from singing?

These words are from a 19th century American hymn first published in 1868 in The New York Observer. They speak to us of the power and importance of singing our praise to God and how, in singing together, we are transformed individually and as a community.

The Church of the Redeemer has a long, rich tradition of fine music led by remarkable directors and talented singers. As I begin my first program year in your midst, it is my honor and privilege to invite you to join me and all those already involved in offering yourself to this transformative ministry.

I encourage you to find your place in our music program as you respond to the call: “How can you keep from singing?”

Bert LandmanDirector of Music Ministry

I will sing of your love and justice, to You I will sing praise!

What tho’ my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Saviour liveth;
What tho’ the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

Redeemer Choir

The Redeemer Choir is formed by volunteers supplemented by a small nucleus of professionals. They sing most Sundays at the 10:00a.m. service and on days of celebration. They also provide special music occasions several times throughout the year for the enrichment of the parish and the Baltimore community.

The Redeemer Choir for adults rehearses Thursdays 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. beginning on September 6, 2018. If you are interested in singing in the Redeemer Choir, please contact Bert Landman

Connections Choir

The Connections Choir leads the Faith@Five congregation in songs and hymns, accompanied by the Faith@Five Musicians.  The musical styles used during the Faith@Five worship service are inspired by Ephesians 5:18b-20:  “…be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Connections Choir typically numbers 10-15 volunteer choristers. Guest soloists/instrumentalists join with the choir throughout the year.  The choir offers a blend of modern American musical styles, including classic gospel hymns, a mixture of Jazz and Blues genres, Spirituals, 1960s-1980s folk hymns and choruses, Christian Contemporary Music, Taizé and Iona Community songs, and beautifully harmonized locally composed hymns and anthems.

The Connections Choir sings each Saturday evening (5:00 p.m.) at the Faith@Five worship service.

Rehearsals are two Thursdays per month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The choir also has a pre-service rehearsal one hour before each Saturday service. For more information about The Connections Choir or the Faith@Five worship service, please contact Robert Chrystal, Director of Music for Faith@Five.

The Choir School of Baltimore

Employing the RSCM Voice for Life training, students learn good vocal skills, acquire fluency in reading and understanding the fundamentals of music, and develop lasting friendships. Choir School students are eligible to receive a free ½ hour piano lesson each week.  Contact: Bert Landman

Rehearse:  Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

                  2nd Sunday of the month from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.   (including lunch and a social activity)

Sing:   2nd & 4th Sundays of the month at 10:00 a.m. Eucharist  &  Other special occasions

St. Gabriel Choir

St. Gabriel Choir is for girls and boys aged 5 through second grade.  Through activities and games, they develop good vocal practices, build music reading skills, experience teamwork, and learn songs! Contact: Bert Landman 

Rehearse: Wednesdays 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.

Sing: 4th Sundays of the month at 10:00 a.m. Eucharist

   I lift my eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smooths,
Since first I learned to love it,
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing;
All things are mine since I am his—
How can I keep from singing?