The Music Program of St. Christopher’s Church is led by Organist/Choirmaster Scott Drackley. Scott is Department Chair/Head of Choral Activities at Lancaster Catholic High School, Lancaster, PA. He comes with over 25 years of experience as a musician with the Episcopal Church. Scott is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and The Catholic University of America with Bachelor and Master Degrees. The organ at St. Christopher’s is a 1975 Austin 27 rank, two manual pipe organ. The choirs of St. Christopher’s are an Adult Choir, Handbell Choir and Sunday School Choir.
The Adult Choir
The Adult Choir provides the musical leadership for the Sunday services at St. Christopher’s Church. The Adult Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and briefly before the Sunday service. The Choir consists of volunteers and professional singers. Their repertory of anthems and service music is quite varied and is selected from the standard choral repertory. On Feast Days and special occasions, the singers often join with instrumentalists for more extensive and challenging works. Over the years, the Choir has presented outstanding musical performances. Our music covers many genres. Medieval through 21st century Plainsong, Hymns, Canticles, Anthems, Motets, Cantatas, Masses, Requiems, and Oratorios.
- Help us keep up the good work! We are seeking new singers for the Adult Choir in every section. Consider joining us, even if you can only give us a semester or liturgical season!
- Works for Chorus and Orchestra that our choirs have performed over the last several years are:
- Thompson – The Peaceable Kingdom
- Saint-Saens – Christmas Oratorio
- Bach – Magnificat in D
- Arvo Port – Berliner Messe
- Mozart – Vesper¦ Solennes de Confessore
- Bach – Cantata: Christ Lag in Todes Banden – BWV 4
- Durufle – Requiem
Handbells are a beautiful addition to the musical offering in the service. The Handbell Choir rehearses from the beginning of November until Christmas, and performs at the 4:00 PM Christmas Eve Service. It will resume rehearsals, after a short break, and perform on Palm Sunday.
If anyone from teenager through adult is interested in being part of this fun musical activity, please contact Organist/Choirmaster Scott Drackley. Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday School Choir
During Morning Prayer Sundays, the Organist/Choirmaster goes to the Sunday School and sings songs with the younger members of the group. The Sunday School Choir sings in church approximately three times per year. Whenever possible, instrumentalists from the Sunday School are used to enhance their singing.
For more information on our music programs, please contact Organist/Choirmaster, Scott Drackley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 610-642-8920 ext 13.