Music is one of our great loves at Wayne Presbyterian Church.  Whether it's our Chancel Choir and Orchestra on a Sunday morning, the two hundred voice community choir performing sacred music three times a year, or the melodic tones of our carillon ringing out over the village of Wayne three times a day, we love beautiful music.  

Our love of music isn't just for its beauty, however.  We happen to think that great music can render us into the presence of God better than just about anything.

If you want to know more about our music or want to become more involved, contact Tim Evers, Minister of Music, by email or call 610 688 8700, 224.

Adult Choir

The Chancel Choir leads weekly Sunday morning worship.  The choir is open to adults—members and non-members. There are no auditions for the choir but some ability to read music is helpful. Consider yourself qualified if you've ever sung in a choir before or taken any music lessons. 

Singing in a choir is a powerful tool toward a more significant relationship with God, and through worship, a gateway to deeper understanding. 

The choir rehearses Thursdays at 7:30 to 9:30 pm, September through May under the direction of Tim Evers.  The choir prepares for Sunday worship in the first hour, and rehearses the oratorio in the second hour after a break. Additionally, the Chancel Choir performs three or four major works accompanied by full orchestra annually in concert with the Wayne Oratorio Society. Each choral section of the Chancel Choir is supported by a professional singer.

During the summer, many Chancel Choir members participate in Summer Choir.  Summer Choir rehearses at 9:00 am in the music room, and then sings for worship at 10:00 am.  Singers are invited to sing with the choir as their summer schedule permits.  The Summer Choir does not wear robes.  Singers from the church and community are invited to join in as well without any long term commitment.

Click here for a copy of the Chancel Choir's schedule. 

If you want to know more contact Tim Evers, Minister of Music, by email or by call 610.688.8700, 224.

Wayne Oratorio Society

For the last 60 years, singers from all around the Delaware Valley have gathered to perform great sacred choral works accompanied by a professional orchestra and soloists at our church.   Three weekends a year, 200 singers fill our chancel, transforming our sanctuary into an even more sacred space.  Singers are asked to purchase their music.  Some ability to read music is necessary as well as a desire to be rendered before God by great music. 

Rehearsals are Tuesday evening from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. 

For a Rehearsal Schedule.

Contact Monique Chico, Music Administrative Assisant, if you are interested in joining the choir. Auditions will be held August 27 & 28 from 1:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. By appointment only. 

For Recordings: Wayne Oratorio Society Concert Recordings.

View Wayne Oratorio Society Performance History.

To join The Friends of The Wayne Oratorio Society 

 

Youth Choir

Young people in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the Westminster Choir, our youth choir that sings in worship twice a month. Rehearsals are Sunday nights from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm before ROCK  & DOOR. 

The choir likes to have fun, taking annual retreats and choir tours throughout the year.  Past trip destinations include San Antonio, New York City, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Boston, Baltimore, Williamsburg and a tour to Scotland.   

Tim Evers directs the choir and can be reached via email or phone at 610.688.8700, 224.

View the Youth Choir schedule

Children’s Choirs

We love music and we love children, so it's not surprising that we'd have four children's choirs.  They start at age 4 and end with graduation to our youth choir after 5th grade.  

Contact Nancy Moffitt, Director of Children’s Choirs by email or call 610 688 8700, 228 for further information.

Click here for a copy of the Children’s Choirs schedule.

-Calvin Choir

Children in grades 3, 4 and 5.

Rehearsals: Wednesday afternoon from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm in the Music Room.  The choir rehearsal is part of the Kid’s Club Program. Kids Club is a Children’s Christian Education Program that occurs on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

-Cantus Choir

Children in grades 1 and 2.

Rehearsals: Wednesday afternoon from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm in the Music Room. The choir rehearsal is part of the Kid’s Club Program. Kids Club is a Children’s Christian Education Program that occurs on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Check the church calendar for the current schedule.  

-Cherub Choir

Children who are in nursery school, preschool, and Kindergarten.

Rehearsals:  Thursday afternoon 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Music Room.

Bell Choirs

Our church has two adult bell choirs which lead worship periodically from September to May.

Te Deum Bell Choir: Rehearses Monday evenings from 7:30 pm to  9 pm

Selah Bell Choir: Rehearses Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:15 am

For more incormation, contact James Gerber can be reached via email at jgerber@waynepres.org or by call 610.688.8700, 227.

For Bell Choir Schedule, please click here.

Chamber Orchestra

Our orchestra is for adults who play musical instruments or wish to do so again--but is also open to adults starting a new instrument. High School youth may participate with the consent of the director. Our orchestra leads us in worship monthly from September through June, rehearsing on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.  Email James Gerber for more information.

Click HERE to review the orchestra's Sunday schedule.

Music Transforms

Music Transforms strives to make a difference in the community collaborating with world-renowned and local artists to create a series of chamber music concerts of the highest quality and caliber. Founded by violinist/violist Joseph Kauffman and cellist Yoni Draiblate in 2013, the proceeds from these concerts are used to provide children at Mitchell Elementary School in Southwest Philadelphia with free music lessons and performance opportunities.

2018 - 2019 Season

October 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Festival Français
James Gerber, associate minister of music, will perform
organ works by romantic era French composers, Franck, Vierne, Duruflé, Mulet, and Widor, on the church's 1963, 84-rank Austin organ.
Program:

Choral No. 3 in A minor (FWV 40) by César Franck (1822-1890)

Clair de lune from Pièces de fantaisie (Op. 53, No. 5) by Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Scherzo (Op. 2) Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Tu es petra (Thou art the rock) from Esquisses Byzantines by Henri Mulet (1878-1967)

Organ Symphonie No. 5 in F minor (Op. 42) by Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

 
November 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
ARTolerance
A Return to Neve Shalom / Wahat al Salam: An Oasis of Peace
featuring
 
Ricardo Morales, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinet
Udi Bar-David, Founder of ARTolerance and Cello
Rolando Morales-Matos, Percussion
Cynthia Samaha, Voice
 
Celebrating Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam—an inspiring village of Arab and Jewish shared society. This concert promises to enrich and educate the listener through both music and special remarks from selected representatives of the village.
For more information about ARTolerance, visit: https://artolerance.org/
 
January 13, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.
Joseph Kauffman, Yoni Draiblate,
Performing works for String Quartet
 
February 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
The East Wind
Traditional Korean Drums and Instruments
 
March 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Soggy Po Boys
New Orleans style jazz
 
Check the church calendar for upcoming concerts.
Past seasons can be viewed here.
James Gerber can be reached via email or call 610.688.8700, 227 for more information.
 
To help support Music Transforms via a donation, please click here.
 
 

Austin Pipe Organ

In 1963, the church undertook a campaign chaired by John Davidson, Sr. to install a 63 rank (3979 pipes), four manual Austin Pipe Organ.  The vision of the organ committee empowered the congregation’s worship in a manner which helped see the church through changing years.   Their decision was far less concerned with the incursion of a large capital expense than it was with the worship and ministry they hoped to enable and perpetuate.  They believed that the organ could be one of the more dynamic pillars in the house of faith they sought to grow.  

The organ was designed by then organist Ken Simmons (organist at WPC 1953-67) along with Brant Duddy.  It was dedicated in two concerts by Robert Baker and Robert Elmore.  An antiphonal organ under expression of 24 ranks was added in 1985 in the second floor of the church tower.  David Spicer (organist at WPC 1967-82) negotiated this addition.  The antiphonal stops were added as an appendage to the original 1963 console which was actually prepared for a completely different antiphonal envisioned by the organ committee.  A rank of horizontal trumpets was installed in the early 1980s in honor of Spicer.  The organ as it now stands is 5206 pipes.  

In 2000, the organ was completely cleaned, the reeds reworked by David Broome of Connecticut, and the flues re-voiced by Fred Heffner.  In 2001, Wayne Presbyterian Church purchased a 1982 4-manual Austin draw-knob console from First Presbyterian in Philadelphia.  Then in 2003, a campaign chaired by Russ Brundage was undertaken by the music department to replace the original 1963 console with a new state of the art console.  It was built inside the frame of the console purchased from First Presbyterian Church by Brant Duddy.  The funds for this project were contributed solely by the participants of the music program.  The congregation at large was not solicited and did not participate.  

Brant Duddy was the Austin representative that sold WPC the organ in 1963.  He has serviced and maintained the organ for its entire history.

The organ was originally dedicated in worship on Sunday, February 23, 1964.

For organ specifications, click here .