Dear Friends of St. Cecilia Guild,

We are pleased to share with you the 2017-18 season of St. Cecilia Guild at St. Peter's Church. The Guild's second season build on the success of last year's inaugural season and introduces several new Delaware-based ensembles. Our resident ensemble, the Lewes Chamber Players, will again perform a 5-concert series. Two jazz performances are offered with quartets led by Eric Mintel on October 13 (coinciding with Rehoboth Jazz Festival) and Norm Freeman on May 10.

St. Cecilia Guild is an outreach ministry whose mission is to present high-quality musical events not heard elsewhere in our area. 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 prayerfully consider making a financial gift to the Guild so that we may continue to enrich the musical lives of those in our community. 

Thank you for your support of St. Cecilia Guild. We look forward to seeing you at an event soon.


St. Cecilia Guild Standing Committee

Pat Casadei

Tom Crowley

Fr. Ron Gerber

Bonny Mears

Robert Patlán

Joanne Ward

Adele Fluharty, Parish Administrator

Sue Potts, Senior Warden

Fr. Jeffrey Ross, Rector

T.J. Thomas, Minister of Music

2017-18 Season Brochure / Contribution Form

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2017-18  St. Cecilia Guild Events

  • Lewes Chamber Players

    Sunday, October 1     2:00 p.m.


    Lewes Chamber Players’ second season starts with 3 charming folk tunes from Romania, an American minimalist trio by Diane Jones, and Josef Rheinberger's Suite for Violin and Organ.

    Concert Program

  • Eric mintel jazz quartet

    Friday, October 13     7:00 p.m.

    Looking for an alternative to the crowds during Rehoboth Jazz Festival weekend? The Eric Mintel Quartet presents a program of jazz standards and fresh compositions. Boasting performance credits including the White House, Kennedy Center, and Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR, this is some of the best jazz in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

  • Lewes Chamber Players

    Sunday, November 12     3:00 p.m.

    Parlez-vous français?    

    Join us for a concert of spectacular French arias sung by internationally renowned countertenor, Augustine Mercante, a Delaware resident. The new Hubbard harpsichord is featured in Rameau and Messiaen’s religious devotion, beautifully expressed by the strings.

  • Advent Lessons and Carols

    Sunday, December 10     5:00 p.m.

    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

    Sunday, 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

    Monday, December 25

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

  • Lewes Chamber Players

    Sunday, January 28     2:00 p.m.

    Music for a Cold Afternoon

    German Romanticism is juxtaposed with Cesar Frank’s passionate violin sonata. LCP are joined by guest pianist, Carl Cranmer.

  • Lewes Chamber Players

    Sunday, March 4     2:00 p.m.

    Trio Casals  (sponsored by Thomas Crowley)

    Trio Casals returns with the amazing Dumky Trio by Dvořák and Peter Deutsch’s trio inspired by the ocean. Don’t miss the world premiere of Michael Kurek’s Joie de vivre for violin, cello, piano, organ, and harpsichord.

  • Palm Sunday

    Sunday, March 25     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, March 28     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, March 29     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, March 30     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, March 31     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 1     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.  

  • Kent Chamber Choir

    Sunday, April 15     4:00 p.m.

    Directed by Dr. James Wilson, Kent Chamber Choir is an ensemble of accomplished singers from throughout Delaware, performing high caliber music in the Kent County community, as well as other events throughout Delaware. KCC’s program will feature Psalm settings from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic eras as well as the 20th century.

  • Lewes Chamber Players

    Sunday, April 29     2:00 p.m.

    Old World / Fresh Sounds

    Ricky Belcastro joins LCP to play the traditional Indian sitar in some of his own compositions. Also featured is Haydn’s Gipsy Rondo trio and tangos with strings and keyboard.

  • Capital Ringers

    Saturday, May 5     2:00 p.m.

    Based in Dover, Delaware, the community handbell ensemble, Capital Ringers, will perform their spring 2018 program under the direction of founder and artistic director, Linda Simms.

  • Jazz Vespers

    Thursday, May 10     7:00 p.m.

    The Rev. Norm Freeman is an Episcopal priest and professional musician who has performed with the New York Philharmonic and Barbra Streisand. Fr. Norm and his jazz quartet return to St. Peter’s to lead a service of Jazz Vespers for the Feast of the Ascension.

  • Delaware Women's Chorus

    Sunday, May 20     4:00 p.m.

    The Delaware Women's Chorus will perform "Stages" - a collection of choral music written expressly for women's voices exploring the stages of life, from beginning to end. Honoring such women composers as Ruth Gwyneth Walker and Eleanor Dailey, the program encompasses a wide variety of styles and genres. The Chorus is an ensemble of the Music School of Delaware and is directed by Joanne J. Ward.

  • American Choral Directors Association

    Thursday, June 21     7:00 p.m.

    Every June choral directors from around Delaware come to St. Peter’s for continuing education and fellowship. Opening this conference will be a concert featuring choirs from around the state.

  • Choral Evensong

    Sunday, August 5     5:00 p.m.

    Join us for this bon voyage Evensong as the choirs from St. Peter’s and Immanuel on the Green, New Castle prepare to depart for their August 13–19 choral residency at Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, UK. Come wish the choirs well and hear some of the repertoire they will be singing over the course of the week in Ely. The combined choirs are co-directed by Jack Burnam and T.J. Thomas.