Hear the Gallery Choir on YouTube
VISIT! SUBSCRIBE! SHARE!
It's official: we now have our own designated You-Tube Channel for Saint Peter's! There are more than two dozen videos of various spirituals, hymns, anthems, and Mass settings there. www.youtube.com/visitstpeters
Welcome to the Music Ministry of Saint Peter’s Church
"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art.” Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy)
The Music Ministry of historic Saint Peter’s Church reflects the vibrancy of our parish community. Saint Paul admonishes the church to proclaim her witness in “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” Our musical diversity is truly a reflection of the Church: catholic. Instrumentalists augment our regular choristers on high feast days of the church. Our typical Sunday celebration of the Holy Mass is led by the following musical forces:
- Saturday at 5:30 PM: Cantor or Schola with Organ
- Sunday at 8:30 AM: Cantor or Schola with Organ
- Sunday at 10 AM: Gallery Choir and/or Children’s Choir with Organ
- Sunday at Noon: Cantor or Schola
- First Sundays of the Month at Noon: in Spanish with Coro Hispano
- Sunday at 5:30 PM: Contemporary Ensemble
Special thanks to Photographer/Artist Kenneth Headley (email@example.com)for his assistance with photos on this page.
Music Ministry Notes
Barbara Nickel & Joe Myers
Since the opening of the Cardinal Bernardin Center in June, our Music Ministry has had the parallel tasks of supporting sung prayer at our weekend and holy day Masses, while also moving and organizing our entire choir library into our beautiful new Choir Room and Director’s Office.
That’s when Joe Myers volunteered to catalogue over five hundred titles of choir anthems: some of the greatest sacred music ever written, that we are proud to use as living treasures in our Sacred Liturgies. Joe sang tenor for 17 years at St. John the Beloved in Summerville before joining St. Peter’s in 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Science and the Master of Librarianship from USC. Joe also made an amazing spreadsheet of all our anthem titles pulled from octavos, anthologies, Oratorios, and Mass settings, listed by title, composer, and scripture reference: voluntarily.
The demolition of Murphy Hall meant that our choir music needed to be temporarily stored in the bell tower, hidden behind our pipe organ. That’s when Barbara Nickel volunteered to be our Music Administrator. She and her husband Don have since faithfully prepared 40 choir binders with over twenty titles of music each: every ten weeks of the choir season. They handle roughly 2000 (two thousand) copies of music each year: voluntarily. A member of St. Peter’s since 1978 and a part of the 1987 Papal Visitation Committee, Dr. Barbara B. Nickel had formerly directed the choir at Providence Presbyterian Church in West Columbia, all before joining our soprano section in 2007. She holds the Master of Science in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and EdD in Special Education Administration from USC.
The hours of rehearsals our choristers contribute each week are supported by the additional hours of work that Joe and Barbara have put in preparing their music. So, give thanks to God for all His gifts. God calls people with exceptional skills and credentials for works of service to His people in the most surprising ways. How is God calling you with your time, talent, and treasure? Take time for daily prayer and discernment. Can you hear God’s voice? Are you listening?
Meet the Ministers of Music Mark Husey: Director of Music and Liturgy
Mark Husey [ hue-zee] joined Saint Peter’s pastoral staff as Director of Music and Liturgy in January of 2006. The recipient of both academic and performance scholarships from Westminster Choir College and Yale, Mr. Husey holds the Master of Arts in Pastoral Liturgy and Music from Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana.
Mr. Husey’s vocational appointments in his twenty years experience as a pastoral musician have taken him to New Jersey, New York, Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Miami. He is a devoted advocate of the pastoral and catechetical use of historic choral repertory. His method of choral training has enabled singers of all ages to have access to the realm of scholarly sacred choral literature. Mr. Husey’s liturgical choirs have performed at Washington National Cathedral, in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival of Churches, and on nationally televised broadcasts.
Mr. Husey’s concert venues have taken him to the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, the Czech Republic, and Russia. A continuo player with the acclaimed Atlanta-based early music ensemble New Trinity Baroque, he was also a tenor in the Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Mr. Husey was most recently on the faculty rosters of the schools of music at the University of Miami and Florida International University, where he assisted with their choral and vocal studies departments, respectively. He was a staff accompanist and tenor in the professional chorus of Florida Grand Opera, in addition to serving as tenor soloist and cantor at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Miami. Visit http://www.earlymusic.net/markhusey for his complete performance vitae.
Matthew DeGuire: Director of St. Peter’s Contemporary Ensemble and Coro Hispano
Matthew DeGuire has been the Director of St. Peterâ€™s Contemporary Ensemble for over twenty years. He has devoted almost his entire life to pastoral music ministry in South Carolina and Alabama as a cantor, guitarist, liturgist and contemporary ensemble director. In 2002 he was selected to form the Coro Hispano, which leads the congregational singing at the Primer Domingo Spanish language noon liturgy.
An active member of the theatre community, he has appeared on stage in more than fifty community and professional theatre productions. Mr. DeGuire has also performed as a guest vocal soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic Symphony and toured internationally in Pau and Arles, France. He received the Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama, and continued graduate studies at the University of South Carolina.
Randy Moore: Accompanist/Pianist
Randy Moore has been the piano accompanist for the St. Peterâ€™s Contemporary Ensemble since 1990, and for the Coro Hispano since its inception in 2002. He studied piano in Memphis, TN, Aiken, S.C. and at the University of South Carolina. He has accompanied choirs, concert performances and musical theatre productions in South Carolina and throughout the U.S.
As Music Director he has led vocal and instrumental ensembles in dozens of theatre productions at Workshop and Trustus Theatres, as well as the South Carolina Shakespeare Company. In addition, he has written and directed benefit performances for several local charities. Mr. Moore is often in demand as Music Director for numerous organizations and theatres.
Dr. Helen Tintes-Schuermann, Artist in Residence
Contralto Dr. Helen Tintes-Schuermann holds the degree of Doctor of Music from Northwestern University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of South Carolina (Columbia). She is director of the new International Course in Spanish Music, held next summer near Madrid, Spain. She performs throughout the USA and Europe in operatic roles including Carmen, Azucena, Zia Principessa and Elizabeth Proctor, and is heard frequently as a concert soloist and recitalist. She has sung many 20th century works (including European and World premieres), and has participated in festivals throughout Austria, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland, where she also recorded for radio and television.
Dr. Tintes-Schuermann's repertoire encompasses major works of opera and oratorio, as well as German lieder, Spanish song, and New Music. Upcoming recitals will be presented at the Cervantes Institute in New York City and the Baker and Baker series at the Columbia Art Museum. She is pleased to be an Artist-in Residence at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church. Visit http://tinteschuermann.org/bio.htm for her complete performance vitae.
"Choirs are to be developed with great care, especially in cathedrals and other major churches, in seminaries and in religious houses of study. At certain moments in the Liturgy, [the choir] has a specific role of its own.” Sacrosanctum Concilium
Saint Peter’s Church has a long history of distinguished musicians that have led liturgical music in her glorious and resonate acoustic. Previous directors in the past century have included Mrs. Curran (Marie) Jones (1910 – 1964), William (Bill) Jollie (1964 – 1995), Dr. Trent Zitzelberger (1995 – 2002), and Jerrold Tidwell (2002 – 2005).
The Gallery Choir’s members combine their considerable experience and artistry to offer works of a wide variety of composers. We are currently looking for choristers who are both good sight-singers and team players to join our choir family.
Contact Mark Husey at (803) 779-0036 ext 207 or e-mail him at Liturgy@visitstpeters.org to express your interest.
“…it should be noted that contemporary compositions often use a diversity of musical forms that have a certain dignity of their own. To the extent that they are helpful to the prayer of the Church, they can prove a precious enrichment.” Sacrosanctum Concilium
St. Peter’s Contemporary Ensemble is an adult group of singers and instrumentalists that provides music ministry leadership for the 5:30PM Sunday Mass as well as several special liturgies throughout the church year. The ensemble is always open to new members who enjoy choral contemporary singing and to instrumentalists with a desire to share their musical talents with the St. Peters family. Rehearsals are held each Sunday at 4:30PM and extra rehearsals are added during the Lent/Easter and Advent/Christmas seasons.
¡Coro Hispano – Primer Domingo!
The Spanish Choir Ensemble leads the congregation in Spanish-language music on the first Sunday of each month at the 12:00 noon Mass. The group rehearses prior to this Mass each month. The Spanish Choir Ensemble welcomes all singers and instrumentalists who understand or speak Spanish, and those who have an interest in Hispanic culture and music. ¡Vamos cantando al Señor!
Peragallo Pipe Organ
"The pipe organ is to be held in high esteem in the Latin Church, for it is the traditional musical instrument, the sound of which can add a wonderful splendour to the Church's ceremonies and powerfully lifts up people's minds to God and to higher things." Sacrosanctum Concilium
Our Peragallo pipe organ was dedicated by Francis Klein, OCSO on 23 March 2003. Previous pipe organs have included a ten and one half rank Kilgen from 1908, and a twenty-six rank Wicks from 1984. The instrument has thirty-six ranks, from which the following stops are composed:
||Singend Prinzipal 8’
||Bourdon en Bois
|Flute Viole 8’
||Viole Celeste 8’
||Italian Principal 4’
||Viole Celeste 8’
|Flute Traversiere 4’
||Larigot 1 1/3’
|Cornet III Flute
||Nasat 2 2/3’
||Terz 1 3/5’
||Cornet de Bombarde 32’
||Plein Jeu III
||St. Peter Trompette 8’
|St. Peter Trompette 8’