Music at St. Peter's

The music program at St. Peter's Church is unique in southern Delaware, focused on providing finely crafted music in the Anglican tradition as well as presenting concerts through St. Cecilia Guild, the music program is the only one of its kind in the area. Services of Sung Compline (first Thursday of the month at 8:45 p.m.) and Choral Evensong (see the St. Cecilia Guild brochure) are a regular part of the worship life of the congregation. Our various choirs are detailed below, new members are warmly welcomed to any ensemble, please contact T.J. Thomas, Minister of Music, to learn more.     


Download the 2017-18 Music Calendar for full rehearsal, liturgical, and concert details.                

recent music events

Anglican Musician Weekend


Our annual Anglican Musician Weekend was held at St. Peter's.

We were privileged to welcome Dr. Douglas Major, Anglican Musician in Residence, who directed the music program and conducted at the Washington National Cathedral for many years. more


It was an unforgettable three days of magnificent music.



CHOIRS & ENSEMBLES

  • minister of music

    T.J. THOMAS

    Our program is comprised of five choirs and ensembles as described below. Ours is an active, vital, and growing program with which we encourage you to become involved. All music programs are under the leadership of our Minister of Music, T.J. Thomas; he is always interested in receiving inquiries from those interested in being involved with the musical life of our congregation. T.J. may be reached at the church office at 302-645-8479 or tthomas@stpeterslewes.org.

  • ASSISTANT ORGANIST

    GEORGIANA IBACH

    Georgiana is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, she has served as Assistant Organist at St. Peter's since 2010. 

  • adult choir

    Rehearsal 7:00pm on Thursdays

    The Adult Choir is a volunteer ensemble of approximately 30 singers providing musical leadership at the 10:00 Eucharist most Sundays from September to early June, as well as special liturgies throughout the year. In addition to preparing 1-2 choral anthems for each liturgy, the adult choir sings the psalm appointed for the day and leads congregational hymns and responses. Singing a wide spectrum of music from chant to gospel, the choir’s primary focus is the repertoire of our Anglican choral heritage spanning many centuries. The adult choir is open to adults and high school-aged youth; no previous choral experience is necessary.

  • Te Deum Bell Choir

    Rehearsal 6:30pm on Wednesdays

    Comprised of 11 intermediate handbell ringers, the Te Deum bell choir focuses on ensemble repertoire for our worship services, generally ringing at one 10am Sunday service a month, the 8pm Christmas Eve service and one of the Holy Week liturgies. Music includes bell choir anthems, accompanying hymns, service music, and sometimes the singing choirs. We own and ring 4 octaves (49 bells, C4–C8) of Schulmerich English handbells as well as 3 octaves of hand chimes. This choir is open to those with the ability to read music; previous bell experience is helpful but not required.

  • Jubilate Deo bell choir

    Rehearsal 5:00pm on Wednesdays

    The newer of our two ringing choirs, the Jubilate Deo bell choir aims to foster musical literacy through the art of English handbell ringing. Participants are beginners and learn basic musicianship and reading skills as well as the palette of techniques associated with English handbell ringing. The Jubilate Deo bell choir rings periodically at the 10am Eucharist when they have prepared an anthem to share with the congregation. This choir is open to anyone interested in learning to read music and the art of ensemble handbell ringing.

st. peter's organ

Listen to the organ accompany

Hymn 455, "O Love of God, How Strong and True" 2/26/12


The organ project began in 1998 when organ builder William Monaghan was engaged to rebuild the small pipe organ built in 1971 for St. Peter’s by The United States Pipe Organ Company of Pennsylvania. About 32 digital voices were added to create an organ of 44 speaking stops on two manuals and pedal and the old console was retained and reconfigured. In 2002-2003, new pipe work was purchased to replace some of the old. At that time, Mr. Monaghan readjusted many of the Walker digital voices and replaced others to make the organ more effective for accompanying the choir and the congregation. 


In January 2005, 26 additional stops and a new moveable three manual draw knob console in walnut to match the wood of the chancel furniture were installed and tonally finished by Bob Walker of Walker Technical.  [Click for details.]


The organ is fitted with a full complement of playing aids, couplers, midi, and 208 memory channels. Each manual has eight thumb pistons, the Pedal has eight toe pistons, and there are twelve general thumb and toe pistons that control the entire organ. Except for two borrows from the Swell division into the Pedal, and the sharing of the Tuba with the Great and Choir divisions, the entire organ is independent. 

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