Music

Supports the liturgy of the church by leading the congregation in singing and unison reading.  During worship, also teaches new songs and presents choral anthems/introits/etc. The choir may also enhance songs and hymns by supplying harmony, descants, and instrumental (in addition to organ and piano) accompaniment.  Additional ministry is one of community outreach benefit choral concerts with other churches and fundraisers (connected or not) to St. Jude’s.  We plan to expand our outreach to local retirement communities.  Contact:  Billie Bandermann, bbandermann@att.net; (408) 996-9352
 
Choir, Children of the Spirit ('cots)

‘cots is both an acronym and a reference to our church in the apricot orchard.  Children about 6 to 13 years old meet weekly during the school year before the 10:30 service to rehearse.  ‘cots sing during the service and for special occasions about eight times per year. Contact: Ellen Kolstee, at: ekolmaj@gmail.com or (408) 768-2707.

Musicians, Music of the Spirit (MOTS)

MOTS plays with the choir, and covers all of the contemporary Christian music available (popular Christian songs off the radio/Spirit and Song from the Catholic Church/"praise and worship", Gospel). We have a blended 10:30 am service and MOTS and the Choir frequently collaborate to bring more upbeat/up-tempo music into the liturgy, in addition to the more traditional Anglican arrangements with the organ or piano.  Our blend of just about everything is unique to St. Jude's, and with the brass ensemble and MOTS, we are able to cover a wide range of musical styles. Contact: Laura Green, laurieliz@sbcglobal.net; (408) 247-2809

                           Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladnes

                           and come before his presence with a song.

How do you explain how music touches the heart?  St. Jude's is dedicated to beautiful music, always seeking new ways to musically reach out in praise of God.  Here is a little history from our last 10 years.

In 2002, we were able to purchase an Allen Renaissance Organ with funds donated by our congregation. That same year, we hired our first professional music director, Michael Morris.

Our 2005 expansion was the development of contemporary music through "Music of the Spirit" (MOTS).  It started as an open forum to try out, practice, and rehearse contemporary hymns of praise, and is now an integral part of our 10:30am worship.

In 2006, our youth choir transitioned from the leadership of Irene Kwok to Kathy Disney.  The choir is now known as "Children of the Spirit" (COTS).

In 2007, Laura Green became our Music Director and Organist, and Billie Bandermann became our Choir Director.

In 2009, Michael Morris directed a stunning production for Epiphany of Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors."

In 2010, a Steinway baby grand piano was purchased for the sanctuary.  With the growth of the choir, the addition of MOTS, and the new piano, the choir area had to be reorganized to make everything fit!

In late 2010 and early 2011, the inspiring 45-minute Christmas musical "No Wonder!" was performed by 16 young cast members, primarily our Children of the Spirit (COTS) children's choir.

The tabs at the left will take you to information about our music groups.  For additional information, please contact our Music Director, Laura Green.

Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.