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The music ministry of St. James’ Church, vibrant and rich, reflects the diversity of our worship style but is firmly anchored in the Anglican heritage of liturgy and music, a tradition that embraces a thousand years of great music from plainchant and Renaissance polyphony to the very best of contemporary composition.  Our three choirs provide music for weekly Sunday worship, but also for our “First Sundays at Five” Evensong and recital series and for special services during Christmastide and Holy Week.

There are music-making opportunities at St. James’ for all ages, and we welcome committed new choir members at any time. The 8:40 service choir rehearses Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. The 11:05 service choir rehearses at 6:45 pm. To get involved contact Don Messer The Children’s Choirs rehearse at 5:30 and 6:00 pm and sing for designated services throughout the church year. To get involved contact Sarah Little.


Special Festival Services


Choral Evensongs + Recitals


Soul Sounds


Special Events

Many thanks to all who support the rich variety of music offered at St. James’ Church. Our recital offerings are made possible by the generosity of many: in the memorial bequests dedicated to our music ministries, in wedding and funeral donations made to our volunteer choir, and in simple offerings by our devoted attendees, As we begin this new 2017-2018 season, we thank all of our “Friends of Music” for your continued presence and financial support. We hope that you find yourself uplifted, challenged, renewed, and inspired in myriad ways that only music can render.

Soli Deo gracias, Donald Messer


St. James’

– Adult Music

I play the notes as they are written,

but it is God who makes the music.

Johann Sebastian Bach


Psalm 150: 1-6

Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

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Children’s Choir


Music + Movement



Ephesians 5:19

“Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing, and making melody to the Lord with your heart.”


Music + Movement

Parent-Child Class for Young Children
M&M’s for Babies, Toddlers, Two’s & their Parents.

Wednesdays from 5:45 - 6:15 pm
9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13 & 11/20

Second Floor, Gray Hall


Children’s Choir

2nd - 5th Grade
Wednesdays in the Choir Room
5:15 - 5:45 pm


A Letter from the Children’s Choir Director, Sarah, Altman

Calling all singers 2nd through 5th grade!

The Children's Choir program at St. James is getting revamped with a new director and a revised vision. Sarah Altman is a graduate of Millsaps College with degrees in Elementary Education and Music with a Voice Concentration. She has been singing with the adult choir and was invited to join the community at St. James committed to the lives of children in this new staff position. She, the children's director, the choirmaster, and the clergy agree on these tenants of this program:

  • Children who are choral singers are liturgical leaders now. They are an integral part of the service and lead all of us into a truer relationship with the Divine.

  • Parental involvement is essential for a successful choral music program.

  • Children who sing together as a cohort form bonds with one another, with the church, with God, and with music as a discipline.

  • Musically literate children have the opportunity to become lifelong musicians, as well as deeply appreciative adults.


Things to know: 

Children's Choir is a commitment. Each rehearsal is both a preparation for services, and a session of direct musical instruction. Rehearsals are planned long-term for children to learn musical, choral, and liturgical fundamentals. Missing rehearsals takes away that opportunity for engagement. Children will also form a cohort of young singers, with their own distinct social energy. Each singers' energy is essential to the whole.  

Rehearsals begin promptly at 5:15 on Wednesday nights in the choir room, and last for half an hour.  

There is a rotation of parents who will be present during Wednesday night rehearsals to comply with the church's Safe Sanctuaries Policy. Please send me ( and Mary Nell ( an email if you would like to be included.  

Singing together at a high level is fun! Young singers get access to a wide musical world. They not only learn to sing together, but to breathe together. to think together, to feel together.  

I welcome any questions! I would love to meet you and your interested child before (5-5:15) or after (5:45-6) rehearsal.


Warmest blessings,


Sarah Altman


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