The music ministry at St. Barnabas’ is vital in leading worship and providing music to enhance worship experiences. Four choirs sing over 60 anthems and lead worship on Sundays throughout the program year (September-May), for weekday special services during Lent, Easter Vigil, Christmas Eve, for funerals and weddings and during the summer. Every singer is a volunteer. Instrumental music occasionally enhances some Sunday services and other special services.
Organist/choir director Dr. Michael Larkin composes and publishes some of the music performed by the Chancel Choir. Dr. Larkin has led music ministry at St. Barnabas’ for the past 10 years. He is also the founder and director of the New Ark Chorale, serves as a core artist faculty member of the Music School of Delaware and chairs the Eastern Division’s Music in Worship Committee for the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Larkin’s compositions have been published by leading publishing houses.
Two youth choirs, the Cherubim and Seraphim, sing on family Sundays and perform a musical in the spring. The youth choirs are led by two parishioners who volunteer their leadership, conducting rehearsals weekly during the coffee hour and directing the annual musical.
The Christmas Pageant, 2013