The St. David's Music Series: 2015-2016 Season

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2015-2016 musical season at St. David’s, a welcoming Episcopal community in the Roland Park neighborhood of Baltimore. Please take a moment to glance through our concert series, which is free and open to the public with a small suggested donation, and learn about our music ministry program. In addition to celebrating a wonderful season of chamber music, vocal recitals, and Evensong services, we are also commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Baltimore Bach Marathon, and welcoming this year's Ensemble-in-Residence, The Broken Consort!


If you are interested in participating in the musical life of the parish or wish to learn more about what goes on at St. David’s, please feel welcome to contact Douglas Buchanan, Director of Music Ministries, at, visit  our Facebook page, or speak to any of our members at the services offered on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. (spoken) and 10:00 a.m. (sung).


The 2015-2016 Season Schedule

Sunday, September 20 - Choral Evensong, with a pre-service recital by St. David's soprano Kerry Holahan and Charm City Baroque performing a program of French and English song, preceding choral offerings by Orlando Gibbons and organ music of Gaston Litaize.

       Music begins at 4:30 p.m.

Kerry Holahan Headshot

Kerry Holahan, Soprano


Friday, October 2 - First Friday Opening Concert featuring The Broken Consort, St. David's 2015-2016 Ensemble-in-Residence. This concert, entitled POP! Unplugged, includes popular music from throughout histroy,  ranging from the Medieval troubadours, to the American Song Book, to covers of Bjork and beyond.

       Music begins at 7:30 p.m.


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The First Friday Series opens with members of the Broken Consort

performing popular song from throughout the centuries.

Sunday, October 18 - Choral Evensong, with a pre-service recital by members of the Broken Consort, followed by choral music John  Nauman headshotof Charles Villiers Standford and Gabriel Fauré, as well as organ music by Henrik Andriessen.

       Music begins at 4:30 p.m.


Friday, November 6 - First Friday Concert featuring internationally acclaimed pianist John Nauman in a concert of works by Frederick Chopin, including the Sonata in B-flat Minor, the F-Minor Ballade, and the F-Minor Fantasy.

       Music begins at 7:30 p.m.


John Nauman, Pianist


Sunday, November 22 - Choral Evensong for Christ the King Sunday, with a pre-service recital by St. David's baritone Joshua Wilson, presenting a selection of music by wartime British composers in commemoration of Veterans Day. The service of Evensong features choral music of Herbert Howells and Gustav Holst.

        Music begins at 4:30 p.m.                                     

Friday, December 4 - First Friday Concert featuring the Canticle Singers of Baltimore, Maryland's premiere women's vocal chamber choir presenting songs of the Advent and Christmas seasons. The concert will also include the world premiere of Director of Music Ministries Douglas Buchanan's setting of Blessed be that Maid Mairie.

       Music begins at 7:30 p.m.

Canticle Singers

The Canticle Singers of Baltimore in Concert

Sunday, December 20 - St. David's continues in the rich tradition of Lessons and Carols, made famous by the choirs of King College, Cambridge, including music of G.P. da Palestrina, Charles Wood, Arvo Pärt, and some of the most beloved hymns and carols of the season.

       Music begins at 10:00 a.m.



Tariq Headshot

Sunday, January 17 - Choral Evensong in Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., with a pre-service recital by Tariq Al-Sabir, whose specially commissioned setting of the Preces and Responses will be premiered in the service, alongside a performance of selections from Judah Adashi's Rise.

       Music begins at 4:30 p.m.


Tariq Al-Sabir, Composer 



Friday, February 5 - First Friday Concert featuring Trio Encanto, Baltimore newest "Debussy" Trio (harp, violin, and viola), including a number of specially commissioned works and world premiers.

       Music begins at 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, February 21 - Choral Evensong, with a pre-service recital by St. David's Soprano Lisa Perry and guitarist Jeremy Lyons presenting songs of Spain. The service of Evensong features canticle and anthem settings by Henry Purcell.

       Music begins at 4:30 p.m.


Jeremy Lyons, Guitar, and Lisa Perry, Soprano



March 4 - The First Friday Series continues with a performance by vioinist Violaine Melançon (founding member fo the Peabody Trio and Peabody Faculty Member) and New York-based pianist Joseph Liccardo, presenting a program of masterworks including Bach, Schubert, and DvoDvořák, as well as contemporary masterworks by Anton Webern and Toru Takemitsu.

       Music begins at 7:30 p.m.


Violaine Melancon Headshot


Violaine Melançon, Violinist


Sunday, March 13 - The 40th Annual Baltimore Bach Marathon celebrates the great maestro with five hours of organ, vocal, and isntrumental music.

       Music lasts from 2-7 p.m.; refreshments are available at 4:00 p.m.



Friday, March 25 - The Choir of St. David's presents a concert-liturgy of Music or Good Friday, featuring Henry Purcell's Funeral Music and Gerald Finzi's Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice.

       Music begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Choir of St. Davids - Easter 2015

The Professional Chamber Choir of St. David's



May 6 - The First Friday Series closes with a performance by the 2015-2016 Ensemble-in-Residence, the Broken Consort, entitled Made in America. This concert traces the history of music in the Americas, features aboriginal music from South, Central and North America, Puritan and Pilgrim music, folk songs from Appalachia, and polyphony from New England, as well as contemporary works hot off the presses.

       Music begins at 7:30 p.m.


The Broken Consort



May 15 - Choral Evensong for the Feast of Pentecost, with a pre-service recital by early music ensemble S'amusant. The service of Evensong includes world premier settings of the evening canticles by Director of Music Ministries, Douglas Buchanan.

       Music begins at 4:30 p.m.



S'amusant Early Music Ensemble:

Patrick Merrill, harpischord, Melissa Wimbish, soprano, and Wade Davis, Baroque 'cello


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