The music ministry at Georgetown Presbyterian Church is guided by a philosophy of sacred music as worship, rather than as performance. For every service, it is essential to meet the congregants where they are, and it is equally important not to leave them there, so active learning is a part of our effort for listener, and musician. Individual musical talents, both vocal and instrumental, are encouraged to contribute to the worship service.
Our service music is selected to enhance the focus of each worship service, and comes from the best of the Renaissance through living composers.
The adult choir is composed of volunteers supported by a core of professional musicians. Many of our singers are college students from local schools. The choir sings every Sunday except for July and August, and presents major musical works during the Church Year. Recent presentations include the Pergolesi Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, John Rutter’s Requiem, and Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater.
During Children’s Church, members of the Sunday School are given an opportunity to learn singing and hymnody. They present their offerings during the year.
When the sanctuary was restored in the 1950’s, careful attention was paid to its acoustical properties, resulting in a fine environment for music-making. This awareness of the importance of acoustics to great music remains part of the congregational culture. The sanctuary organ, of 31 ranks, was built by the renowned Aeolian-Skinner Company of Boston in 1957. Read a Brief history of our Aeolian-Skinner organ and our music program, written by William A. Watkins, our Director of Music from 1956 – 1997.