Music at St. Saviour’s and beyond


Dr. Daniel S. Pyle is our Director of Music

Daniel comes to us most recently from the Church of Our Saviour in Atlanta, Georgia.  Daniel has forty-five years’ experience as a church musician in Episcopal, Lutheran, and Methodist congregations, and has been an instructor in church music at the Candler School of Theology.  He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from the University of Alabama and a Doctorate from the Eastman School of   Music in Rochester.  Daniel is particularly interested in Baroque and Early Music; he and his wife, Catherine Bull, are the core of Harmonie Universelle, a Baroque ensemble that has  recorded and toured in the US and Europe.

A Tradition of Making Music

From our founding in 1876, people have come to St. Saviour’s to make music. Individuals who lived and worked on this island have sung in the parish choirs. Each summer and on festive occasions, voices and musicians from away joined them. Over time, the church doors opened ever wider to welcome all manner of choruses, orchestras, and performers from around the world.

The greater Mount Desert Island community has long treasured St. Saviour’s as a resource for supporting the performing arts. These activities are integral both to the parish’s identity and to the core values of our congregation.

A Wonderful Challenge

Understanding the need to support places that nurture such creativity, members of the greater Bar Harbor community delighted the parish when they came forward with a plan to support music at Saviour’s. In response, the parish established Friends of Music at St. Saviour’s.

Through Friends of Music, individuals, musical performers and local organizations can support the arts that enrich our common life. Donations to this Endowment may be made at any time by check payable to St. Saviour’s Parish and mailed to the church at 41 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Friends of Music at St. Saviour’s supports the performing arts through:

  • Musical concerts and other performances;
  • Preservation of a community space that welcomes all people;
  • Maintenance of the Visser-Rowland organ

Since its completion in August 1976, the Visser-Rowland organ (Opus 6) with its three manuals, thirty-one ranks, and twenty-five stops, has fulfilled the high hopes of its first supporters and inspired a new generation of listeners and performers. See the brochure with more information about the organ: Organ brochure 5-2016

For more info about our music programs and to support Friends of Music, please email by clicking here.

Also check out the websites for two terrific chorale groups that perform here:

Acadia Chorale Society

Mt. Desert Summer Choral

3 thoughts on “Music at St. Saviour’s and beyond

  1. Piano & Organ sheet Music.

    My wife has played both instruments since early teens and been the church pianist and organist at multiple churches over the years. Due to dementia she can no longer play and we are leaving the area. I have two boxes of music I would like to find a home for. Per their phone message Bagaduce Music Lending Library is not accepting donations at this time.

    • I have forwarded to our Music Director and we are so sorry to hear that your wife is no longer able to enjoy playing her music. We hope she always continues to enjoy listening…

    • Dear Greg,

      I am very sorry to be so slow in responding — your message came in just as my wife and I were preparing to go to Germany to perform at a conference there — and then I got back with more things to occupy my mind.
      Anyway, excuses (good or bad) aside, are you still in the area, and are you still looking for a home for this music? You can write to me at , or you can call me on my mobile-phone 404-906-0507.

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