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“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!”

Musical Sermon

Good Shepherd has a rich tradition of choral and instrumental music, both for the congregation and for musicians from age 4 to adults. Choral music includes anthems from the great Anglican tradition and additional sources.

Choirs lead music for the 10:15 a.m. worship service, and at special services such as Advent Lessons & Carols, Christmas Eve, and Holy Week. Youth choirs participate in services at least once a month, and summer campers offer a musical sermon at the conclusion of the annual Music Camp. Bell and brass ensembles also provide special music at services throughout the year. To listen to music performances, click here.

The adult choir presents major works with chamber orchestra each year, and invites other singers to join in the moving performances in the nave. The Church of the Good Shepherd is a member of the Royal School of Church Music America, and offers the RSCM curriculum of training to young singers in the choirs.

For more information, contact Carleen Dixon Webb, Director of Music Ministries, at 703-323-5400, ext. 107, or musicdirector@good-shepherd.net.

Carya Ensemble Returned from Residencies in England and Wales.

The Carya Ensemble just returned from a two week music tour in which they were the choir in residence at Lichfield Cathedral, England, and St. David’s Cathedral, Wales.  The group was conducted by Sonya Sabbayya Sutton and Carleen Dixon Webb, and included singers from the Good Shepherd Senior Choir, former choristers at St. Alban’s Church (DC), and other singers from the DC area.  The Carya Ensemble sang for choral evensongs, matins, and Holy Eucharist for a total of 10 services during the two week trip.  In addition, Sonya and Carleen had the privilege of playing the magnificent organs at both cathedrals.  Included in the two-week trip were short trips to Stratford-on-Avon, Chatsworth House, Pembroke Castle, and cathedrals in Brecon and Gloucester,  People were very friendly and welcoming to the choir in both cities, The trip was a true pilgrimage as the choir was joined on the trip by the Rt. Rev. Bishop of Maryland, Eugene Sutton. To see more photos from the trip, click here.