Dear Friends of St. Cecilia Guild,

We are excited to announce the third season of St. Cecilia Guild at St. Peter’s

Church. This season builds on the success of the previous seasons and

introduces several new ensembles, from Delaware and beyond. Our resident

ensemble, the Lewes Chamber Players, will again perform a five-concert

series. Please check out our 2018-19 season brochure.

St. Cecilia Guild is an outreach ministry of the music program at St. Peter’s

whose mission is to present high-quality musical events not heard elsewhere

in our area, augmenting St. Peter’s tradition of fine Anglican choral music.

Because we believe these events should be accessible to everyone in our

community, all programs sponsored by St. Cecilia Guild are offered free of

charge. It is only through the generosity of you, our donors and friends, that we

are able to offer this gift of music. We ask that you take a moment and consider

making a financial gift to the Guild so that we may continue to enrich the

musical lives of those in our community. Please use this contribution form.

The Guild thanks you for your support. You are the reason that world-class

music is available free of charge to our area. As always, we look forward to

seeing you at an event soon.


The Standing Committee of St. Cecilia Guild

Kathleen Albert, Parish Administrator

Pat Casadei

Tom Crowley

Joe DiSalvo

Bonny Mears

Sue Potts, Senior Warden

Fr. Jeffrey Ross, Rector

T.J. Thomas, Minister of Music

Joanne Ward

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2018-19  St. Cecilia Guild Events

  • Lewes Chamber Players: MUSIC FOR TWO HARPSICHORDS

    Sunday, September 23     2:00 p.m.      Concert Program

    The third season of St. Cecilia Guild begins with the always-popular Lewes Chamber Players. Members are Lewes locals: Sylvia Davis Ahramjian (violin), Ovidiu Marinescu (cello), and St. Peter’s Music Minister, T.J. Thomas (organ, piano, harpsichord). This will be the first of five performances by the group this season. Joining LCP for this concert will be artists from West Chester University: Anna Kislitsyna (piano/harpsichord), Felicia Reilly (viola), Hanna Choi (violin), and Hyewon Jo (cello). The program features J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1060, played on two instruments built by Lewes resident Gerald Kaplan.

  • albright college choirs

    Sunday, October 14     2:00 p.m.       Concert Program

    The Albright Angels and Mane Men, directed by Adlai Binger, are two groups comprised of students attending Albright College in Reading, PA. Founded about 20 years ago, the ensembles were formed at the request of students who wanted to express themselves through their common joy of singing. St. Cecilia Guild is pleased to welcome these choirs back to Lewes. Their performances are always engaging and entertaining.

  • Lewes Chamber Players: baroque to romantic

    Sunday, November 11     2:00 p.m.       Concert Program

    The Lewes Chamber Players will be joined by guest vocalist Dr. James Wilson (bass) for a wonderfully wide-ranging program that includes Bach arias, traditional Scottish music, and Romanian music for violin and cello. Dr. Wilson is Associate Professor of Music at Wesley College in Dover, DE, and conductor of the Delaware Choral Society and Kent Chamber Choir.

  • Advent Lessons and Carols

    Sunday, December 9     5:00 p.m.       Service Leaflet

    Modeled after the famous service at King’s College, Cambridge, this carol service focuses on the holy anticipation of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Lessons from the Hebrew prophets are joined with Advent carols and anthems to form a liturgy of yearning, hope, and joy.

  • Christmas Eve & Day

    Monday, December 24

    The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated in several services of Holy Eucharist, each with Christmas carols, anthems, and instrumental music:

    5:00 p.m. Family Service with Children’s Pageant

    7:00 p.m.  Festal Eucharist with Handbells

    9:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Contemplative Music (Parish Hall)

    11:00 p.m. Festal Choral Eucharist with Adult Choir, Prelude begins at 10:30

    Tuesday, December 25

    9:00 a.m. Festal Eucharist with Congregational Carols   

  • Lewes Chamber Players: JOURNEYS AND MEDITATIONS

    Sunday, January 27     2:00 p.m.       Concert Program

    Join the Lewes Chamber Players for a trip through the musical timeline that includes the famous Albinoni Adagio, a duo for violin and cello by Mozart, tangos, Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, violin and organ solos, and more.

  • Lewes Chamber Players: TRio CASALS

    Sunday, March 3     2:00 p.m.        Concert Program

    Back again for the third year, Trio Casals features pianist Anna Kislitsyna as they present arrangements by Jan Bastiaans of Melodic Offerings on J.S. Bach for piano, organ, violin and cello, followed by Russian Ballet Music with selections from the Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Petrushka. Concluding this performance will be the romantic chamber composition of Anton Arenskys: Piano Trio in D minor for violin, cello and piano.


    Friday, March 15     7:00 p.m.       Concert Program

    Celtic Harvest is the essence of a night in a cozy pub in the far reaches of Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland, and Cape Breton, or wherever the four winds have blown the tunes and songs of those fearsome islands. Formed twenty one years ago, these musical friends have been delighting concert and festival audiences throughout the Delmarva region with their performances of traditional and original material. Celtic Harvest is Kathy Doyle (piano and vocals), Bob Frazier (guitar and vocals), Jan Crumpley (concertina, flute, whistle), Jim McGiffin (bass, banjo, silly songs), and Mike Nielsen (harp, bouzouki, not-silly-at-all songs). Their sets are eclectic and cover a wide range of emotions and tempos. It’s the perfect way to kick off your St. Patrick’s weekend.

  • Dr. David Flood

    2019 Anglican Musician in Residence Weekend

    Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31

    St. Peter's is thrilled to welcome Dr. David Flood, Director of Music at Canterbury Cathedral, back to Lewes for the 6th time as our 2019 Anglican Musician in Residence. Dr. Flood has been Master of the Choristers and Cathedral Organist at Canterbury since 1988 during which time the choir of men and boys have toured and recorded extensively. Please join us for the following schedule of events during this special weekend:


    Friday, March 29             7:00 p.m. Organ Recital by David Flood

    Saturday, March 30        10:00 a.m. Choir rehearsal open to observers

    Sunday, March 31           10:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

                                              5:00 p.m. Choral Evensong followed by a reception for Dr. Flood          

  • Palm Sunday

    Sunday, April 14     8:00 & 10:00 a.m.

    Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem is celebrated this day with shouts of “hosanna” that quickly turn to betrayal and suffering in St. Mark’s account of the Passion of Our Lord. The Adult Choir sings at both liturgies, joined by a handbell procession at 10:00.

  • Tenebrae

    Wednesday, April 17     7:30 p.m.

    In the midst of Holy Week we offer the monastic office of Tenebrae, translated “shadows” or “darkness.” This is a contemplative liturgy featuring plainsong psalms, responsories, and a capella choral music. 

  • Maundy Thursday

    Thursday, April 18     7:00 p.m.

    A service of Foot-Washing with Holy Eucharist begins the Great Paschal Triduum or Three Holy Days. Maundy Thursday celebrates Jesus’ mandatum, “love one another as I have loved you.” 

  • GOOd Friday

    Friday, April 19    12:00 & 7:00 p.m.

    The complete Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John is chanted at the 12:00 p.m. solemn liturgy. A contemplative Stations of the Cross is offered at 7:00 p.m.

  • Great Vigil of Easter

    Saturday, April 20    7:00 p.m.

    The Paschal Triduum comes to its conclusion this night in the “royal feast of feasts.” The Easter fire is kindled, the Exsultet sung, lessons of salvation history read, and first Eucharist of Easter celebrated. A brass quintet of graduate students from the University of Delaware accompany this liturgy.

  • Easter Day

    Sunday, April 21     8:00 & 10:00 a.m.

    Festal services of Holy Eucharist are celebrated at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. in the church, both with choir and brass quintet. A family service of Holy Eucharist is also celebrated at 10:00 in the parish hall.  

  • Lewes Chamber Players: FLUTE GEMS

    Sunday, April 28     2:00 p.m.      Concert Program

    LCP’s season concludes with guest flautist Susanna Loewy, teaching artist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and faculty member of Kutztown University. Susanna will join Sylvia, Ovidiu, and T.J. in works by Jacques Ibert, J.S. Bach, Eugene Bozza, and a world premiere by Los Angeles based composer Giovanni Piacentini.


    Thursday, May 30     7:00 p.m.

    As we approach the end of the Guild’s season the church observes the Ascension of Our Lord forty days after Easter Day. Sussex County Episcopal Church choirs combine to sing a service of Choral Evensong at St. Peter’s. Singers from St. John’s, Milton; All Saints’ and St. George’s, Rehoboth Beach; St. Martha’s, Bethany Beach; and St. Peter’s, Lewes will form the massed choir. A festive reception follows in the parish hall to welcome our guests and celebrate the Ascension.


    Sunday, June 2     4:00 p.m.        Concert Program

    The Rainbow Chorale of Delaware is an inclusive, non-profit community chorus that provides LGBTQ individuals, with their friends and allies, the opportunity to perform high quality choral music in an affirming environment that serves as a positive force for change. Directed by Arreon Harley, the ensemble reflects the diversity of our singers and audience, embraces a wide variety of musical styles and genres including pop, folk, classical, musical theater, and others. Learning and performing music from many traditions is an important way to engage with our own culture and customs as well as to explore traditions that are different from our own. St. Cecilia Guild is proud to host the Rainbow Chorale at the beginning of Pride Month 2019.

  • Small wonder jazz singers

    Thursday, June 20     7:00 p.m.       Concert Program

    Small Wonder Jazz Singers is an adult vocal ensemble in residence at the Music School of Delaware directed by Martin Lassman. This concert is presented in cooperation withe the Delaware chapter of the America Choral Directors Association. For six years St. Peter’s has been the proud host of the DE ACDA's summer workshop. ACDA members are choral directors in schools, churches, and community choirs around the state.