Music

St Saviour’s Episcopal Parish at 41 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor, announces the tenth annual Summer Organ Series to be held on Fridays in August from 12:15-1:00.  The church features a 27-rank Visser-Rowland tracker organ which is used in worship services each week as well as to support community choral and instrumental performances.

 The schedule for the 2017 recital series is as follows:
August 4: Kevin Birch
August 11: Deborah Govenor and Paul Bartels, soloist
August 18: Ray Cornils
August 25: Julia Morris-Myers

The Summer Organ Series is made possible by the generous support of St. Saviour’s Friends of Music. Admission to the recitals is by donation and a reception will follow to meet the artists. The church is handicap-accessible. For more information please email the church at info@StSaviours.me.

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A Tradition of Making Music

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We are very grateful to Linda Foster and Andrea Horner for their musical gifts on the piano and on the organ while we are in the search for a Music Director!

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 info@stsaviours.me.

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

Acadia Chorale Society

Mt. Desert Summer Chorale

 

2 thoughts on “Music

  1. I am writing in regards to your vacant Organist/choirmaster position. If possible please send me the job description, resume requirements and deadline information. I am currently serving as organist/choirmaster at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in San Antonio, TX. I have been in this position for 16 years. My degrees are from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN (BM) and The Cleveland Institute of Music (MM). I have many friends and family members in the north east and would welcome an opportunity to be located in that part of the country. I am eager to learn more about this position. In Christ’s Love, Ryan Becker

    • Mr. Becker, I wish you had clicked on the “Music Director Search 2017” button in the menu on the left side of our home page. That would have taken you to this page: http://stsaviours.me/wordpress/?page_id=2697, where you could have downloaded the parish profile and job description, and you would have learned that preference will be given to applications received before April 23. That means that we will review and winnow all the applications received prior to that date, interview some of them, and only look at later submissions if we cannot find the person we are looking for in the original group.
      Leaving a comment on a website is not a very effective way to communicate with a parish or any other institution — the comments page is checked only rarely. That’s why we include a phone number and email address on the first page.

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