Question: What is your favorite piece that the Choir sings:
Answer: Easy: My favorite anthem is Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine.” I’m also partial to “Salvation is Created.”
Question: How would you describe the St. Philip’s Choir?
Answer: Less easy: Describing the choir. “Magnificent” hardly does it justice. “Beautiful,” yes. But it’s more than that. One day we were standing around before practice, talking about what the choir means to us, and we agreed that we’re more than a friendship group; we’re a family.
As for my own feelings about St. Philip’s, including the choir, here’s a sonnet that attempts to describe how I came to St. Phil during a time of crisis, 10 years ago:
I wandered, heartsore, shrouded in sadness,
Seeking refuge from a treacherous world
Where tragedy can strike like lightning, hurled
By fickle Fate, malignant, pitiless --
A place where my world-weary soul could rest:
A quiet shelter that might grant surcease
From pain and heartache, where I might find peace
And all-embracing comfort, heaven-blessed.
I came upon a temple filled with song,
And in that sacred place a minister,
A man whose calling urged him ever on
To counsel, guide, console (for faith alone
Was not enough to satisfy), and here
At last my weary soul found peace: a benison.