• On Palm Sunday, March 24, at 3:00 our choir will perform Bob Chilcott’s Requiem. This is a lyrical and peaceful work, clearly inspired by Fauré’s Requiem, which we performed last year.  We have a number of guest voices joining us, bringing the total number of singers to about 30, and we will be accompanied by a small ensemble of oboe, flute, clarinet, horn, timpani and organ.. I hope you will consider a donation to help cover the cost of this performance.  You may give a gift in memory or in honor of a loved one, and their name will be printed in the program.  You may also make a simple donation to St. Saviour’s, indicating that it is for the Friends of Music.


At heart is our desire to use all that we are and all that we have to address human needs, to celebrate the unity of all creation, and to be partners with our neighbors in building a just and caring community. We cannot undertake this alone. It takes all of us together. As music touches everyone on this island, residents and visitors, our joint effort can transform the life we share.”

– Jonathan Appleyard, Rector of St. Saviour’s, 2002 to 2011.

A Tradition of Making Music

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(Choirmaster Julia Morris-Myers plays the Visser-Rowland organ)

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.

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.

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

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

Acadia Chorale Society

Mt. Desert Summer Chorale


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