Music plays a big part of worship at Scarborough Presbyterian Church.
The choir's "joyful noise" at Scarborough is based in the spirit of its voluntary membership, several of whom have sung for more than 20 years in our loft and in the chancel (above and in front of the congregation). The choir is an essential part of the dialogue between God and the congregation that is worship-- their voices evoke prayer, especially as they descend from the loft with the organ during our partly sung communion service. The choir's own dialogue with our music director is most evident when they sing from the front of the church. There is a joyous collaboration and much new experimentation. Both choir and congregation benefit from the acoustics, sound system, and great instruments. Among the most beautiful services are the Christmas eve pageant and midnight services, and the Tenebrae service on Maundy Thursday. These and Choir Sunday are particularly choir-led worship services. Soloists are frequently featured, and depended upon more in the summer months when the choir as a whole takes time off, only to resume after a picnic in September.
Our singing is also enhanced by the fact that members of the congregation in and outside the choir sing in other groups as well, such as the Choral Arts Society (which rehearses every Thursday in Fellowship Hall), the Westchester Women's Chorale, the Hudson Bells, Sine Nomine, and the Collegium Westchester. A special pleasure is found in the concerts of the International Concert Alliance, which brings in world class musicians four times per year.
Please try a rehearsal or two, and consider whether singing is one of your gifts-- to yourself and to the congregation.
Choir rehearsals are Sundays at 9:30 am prior to service.
The latest addition to our Church music program and already very successful.
Our Junior Choir members meet briefly after Church every Sunday and perform approximatey every month.
Our Organ and Piano
Custom built by the Odell Company of Yonkers soon after the church itself, the organ has been expanded to include both more range in pipes and more electronics for combination action. We are particularly grateful for the design improvements put in by Stanton Daughtery, who continues to maintain the organ and tune it.
Our Piano is a Samick piano, purchased from Piano, Piano in 2000 with the congregation supplementing a major gift from Claire and Ed Payne. Claire chaired a kind of search committee for the instrument, assisted by Mr. Dan Wen Wei of the International Concert Alliance. Benefit concerts have been played by Hui Mei Lin (Frost) and Camille Budarz.
If you would like to join the choir or have any questions about it please email Ken Potter