All Saints' Church
Princeton, NJ

Music at All Saints'

The music program at All Saints’ Church seeks to enhance the parish’s ministries through connecting our congregation and venue to the greater Princeton community and region.  We offer two choirs, a parish adult choir and a youth choir.  New this year, we also feature a concert series, Concerts in the Woods, which will showcase our adult and youth choirs, as well as feature local, regional, national, and internationally-acclaimed musicians, all particularly suited to our intimate and bucolic surroundings and generous and meditative acoustic. 

 

We invite you to partake in our musical offerings at All Saints’ Church, by attending one of our concerts or services, singing in one of our two choirs, or by making a donation to further enable this unique aspect of outreach and nourishment to the community. 

Join us for...

Hymn-a-thon Fundraiser, to support our church ministries, and our choir's 2023 UK Residency at Exeter!

Sunday, October 30, 2022, Noon-6PM

All Saints Sanctuary, Breezeway, South Room

With Hymns all afternoon, Rummage Sale, and refreshments

Q and A:

OK, so what's a Hymn-a-thon?

It is a creative fundraiser where our director of music will be at the organ console for six hours, in an effort to raise funds for the church and our music program!

 

How does it work?

From now until the day of the Hymn-a-thon, we will be taking donations from those who would like to request a hymn to be played and sung. These requests can be made in honor or memory of a loved one.

Here are the price points:

$35+ - Full hymn sung, with your name as donor, and the name of the honoree or memorial, with a short inscription

$75+ - Full hymn sung, with personally curated organ improvisation, with your name as donor, and the name of the honoree or memorial, with a short inscription

$125+ - Full hymn sung, with personally curated organ improvisation, with your name as donor, and the name of the honoree or memorial, with a short inscription, plus an All Saints Choir CD

$1000+ - Full hymn sung, with personally curated organ improvisation, with your name as donor, and the name of the honoree or memorial, with a short inscription, plus an All Saints Choir CD. with a three course dinner and wine pairing, curated by our music director

$3000+ - sponsor a chorister for the UK trip - Full hymn sung, with personally curated organ improvisation, with your name as donor, and the name of the honoree or memorial, with a short inscription, plus an All Saints Choir CD, a three course dinner and wine pairing, curated by our music director, plus your selection of anything from the rummage sale, and a gift bottle of fine wine

 

Donations in ANY amount are heartily welcomed, and we thank you for your generosity!

 

What else will there be at this event?

We will be serving light refreshments in the Breezeway (free to all present), as well as soft drinks, tea and wine.

 

There will also be a Rummage sale (separate posting)

 

Do I have to be a parishioner to donate and request a hymn?

No, in fact, this is where you can help us most! Ask a friend or three to make a donation and get a hymn of their choice! This can help bring in funds from outside the church.

 

What about the actual event?

Congregants and friends are encouraged to come and sing! You do not need to stay for the entire six hours (that's only me!). Come when you want, leave when you must.

 

So what do I do now, if I want to participate in any way?

E-mail our music director with any questions, or with your requests. There will be a few ways to pay:

1) sending a check into the church, putting "Hymn-a-thon" in the memo

2) Through a GoFundMe page

3) cash or check on the day of the event

 

What if I cannot make it to the event, but still want to participate?

Ah, the wonders of technology! Tommy will be there to Live Stream the event. So you can watch, listen and sing from the comfort of your own home!

 

Where does the money go?

A few places, depending on how much we raise.

It will be divided between:

1) General Operating Budget, as our fall event, we will be supporting all ministries of All Saints' Church, of which music is a very important branch. This was in our pledge to vestry made in the beginning of FY 2022

2) Our UK tour, supporting all who have great financial need. The residency will be August 4-14, 2023, and take place at Exeter Cathedral, where our choir (along with Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville, PA) will sing the daily office for a week . This is an exciting and unique experience, and we are honored to participate!

 

After making a donation, please email Kevin O'Malia with your name, the honoree or memorial, and the amount of your donation. I need all of these for accounting purposes. Furthermore, please put your preferred time, by the hour, between Noon and 6PM (Noon/1PM/2PM/3PM/4PM/5PM). of which you would like your hymn/improvisation to be played and sung.

 

While meeting our $7,000 goal would be wonderful, to double that figure ($14,000) would be to ensure that our vital music ministry can grow, by reaching the public in engaging cultural events and by offering young musicians a chance to shine. It would also take pressure off of future years' operating budgets.

Youth & Children's Choir

 

  • Rehearses Sundays, 11:45AM-12:30PM, immediately following the service

  • Sings monthly during the academic year (September through June)

  • Curriculum is based on the Royal School of Church Music in America ‘Voice for Life’ program, encouraging teamwork, vocal production, music reading, notation, and sight singing.  We also incorporate games and fun activities into our rehearsals!

  • No music reading ability necessary.  All are welcome!

  • Open to children of reading age through the 8th grade.

Adult Choir

  • Rehearses Thursdays, from 7:30PM-9:15PM

  • Sings on most Sundays during the academic year (September through June) at our 10:15 Holy Eucharist.  Also enhances worship on special services of Lessons & Carols, Holy Week, Easter, evensongs and concerts.

  • Repertoire is largely based on Anglo-American offerings, throughout the centuries, including contemporary pieces as well.  It is fun, engaging, and challenging at times.

  • No music reading ability necessary; prerequisites include ability to match pitch and blend in a choral setting.

  • Open to all teens and adults, ages 16 and higher.  

Why Choir?

 

  • Singing creates beauty which is instrumental in changing lives.

 

  • Choir is a fun social activity, in which friendships and community are forged.

 

  • Singing increases brainpower and creativity, which assists in mental and physical productivity.

 

  • Music is a universal language and an inter-generational activity.  Anyone of any age can do it, and we can understand each other better through musical expression and cooperation.

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Kevin O'Malia

Director of Music

Kevin J. O’Malia holds a Bachelor and Master degree, with honors, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Distinguished performances have been featured cathedral residencies at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Lincoln Cathedral, Christ Church, Oxford; recitals at Notre-Dame in Paris, St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York, Washington National Cathedral, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Princeton University Chapel, several venues in South Africa, and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. An avid follower of American history and the Philadelphia Phillies, Kevin finds himself at home in Lawrenceville, where he lives with his spouse, Tom, and dogs Jack and Brian.