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An Interview with Alfred Pinckney


Lifelong St. Philippian, Founder of the Charleston Men’s Chorus ...

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The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer


On February 24, 1887, the day following Ash Wednesday of that year, John Stainer (1840-1901), then the organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, premiered his sacred work The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer at St. Marylebone Parish Church in London. This performance marked the beginning of what would become a turn-of-the-century tradi...

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Why Evensong?

Events--Choral Evensong June 6

The Sunday morning routine is often busy and full of doing: we pray, sing, celebrate Christ in the Eucharist, go to a class, and perhaps serve in some capacity. We spend a few minutes catching up with friends and welcoming newcomers between all the other things. ...

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Welcome to the St. Philip’s Music Team, Zippy Hood!


We are very happy to announce that Alexandra “Zippy” Hood is going to be joining the St. Philip’s ministry staff this summer as the Associate Music Director! In the music department’s March 15 video announcement, Zippy said, “One of the things I love about life is getting to know our community. I love getting to know our children, the people here, the familie...

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St. Philip's 1978 Organ Console Gets a 2020 Rebuild


Over the past two weeks, you’ve likely noticed our increased use of the piano and the gallery organ at the back of the church. The reason for this change was that our main organ console, located in the chancel, had been gutted and sent to the organbuilders’ shop in Denver, North Carolina, for refurbishment. This organ, our third in this building, was built in 1978 by t...

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Learning to Understand the Language of Music: Music Theory at St. Philip’s

Music Theory RSCM awards

Have you ever looked at a hymn, wondering about the lines, dots, and squiggly things on the page? Or wanted to know why the choir paused, increased volume, or changed pace? Well, I did. While I enjoyed making a joyful noise, aka singing, I found it difficult to sing an unfamiliar hymn. I wanted to participate more fully in worship by learning how to read music....

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