MAKE MUSIC

We offer our talents of melody and song

By joining our hearts with the beauty of sound, we give voice to our faith through the art of music. Music soothes, excites, challenges, and unites us in ways in which words alone cannot. Through our hymns, psalms and acclamations, the singing of our choirs, and the sound of our instruments, music enables us to touch the deepest mysteries of God as we unite together in prayer. 

 

Explore the various ways in which we make music by clicking on each heading.

For adults - high school age and older

A sampling of organ music

Sharing musical talents of all kinds

A sampling of our hymns

For more information about our music programs, contact Music Director Mark Downey at 630-584-2596.

The St. Charles Choir

For adults - high school age and older

Adults and young adults in all voice parts are welcomed and encouraged to join the St. Charles Choir. Members are provided with regular training in vocal techniques, sight-reading and solfeg in a welcoming and engaging atmosphere. New members are always welcome!

 

The 8:30 a.m. Ensemble leads the congregation in song during the 8:30 a.m. service. Complete with voices, piano, guitar, violin, flute, and an Irish drum, the band plays lively tunes and thoughtful hymns to complement this contemporary family service. 

 

Our talented St. Charles Episcopal Choir sings for the 10:45 a.m. service and other services as needed. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evening from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. The choir performs anthems, sings psalms, and leads the congregation in song. 

 

For more information, contact Music Director Mark Downey at 630-584-2596.

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Instrumentalists

Sharing musical talents of all kinds

Do you play an instrument? If yes, consider sharing your musical talent with the parish as we enhance the liturgy with our musical offerings. Musical talents of all kinds are welcome to join us in praising God in any of our services. 

 

We also have openings for Handbell Ringers. Handbells are used most often at the 10:30 a.m. service. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

 

Hymns

Please listen as our choir offers music to the glory of God from Easter Sunday 2021:

Jesus Christ is Risen Today - The St. Charles Choir
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Meditation O Filii et Filiae - The St. Charles Choir
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Awake Thou Wintry Earth - The St. Charles Choir
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Nimrod Variations - The St. Charles Choir
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Hallelujah Chorus - The St. Charles Choir
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Hymn 178 - The St. Charles Choir
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We Walk in Faith - The St. Charles Choir
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Gospel Bells Processional - The St. Charles Choir
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Hymn 210 - The St. Charles Choir
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I Know My Redeemer Lives - The St. Charles Choir
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Organ

Please enjoy some organ pieces played by our music director, Mark Downey.

Praeludium in D - Mark Downey
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Prelude and Fugue - Mark Downey
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A Trumpet Menuet - Mark Downey
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