Music of Pohick Church

Music of Pohick Church

Music plays an important part in the worship of God, amplifying the lectionary, supporting the liturgy, calling all to prayer, and inspiring and encouraging those present to faithfully live their Christian calls in the world. Pohick musicians seek to provide just such a ministry, rehearsing throughout the year to support the integral role of music in worship, which is the center of the Christian life.

Anne King Derbes, contralto, sings He was despised from Messiah by Handel

Watch the Pohick Bell Choir perform Praise Him with Timbrel and Dance

Watch Linda Egan perform J. S. Bach’s Fantasia in g minor, BWV 542

Sarah Markovits, soprano, sings The Crucifixion by Samuel Barber

David Leahey, Minister of Music

Look below for opportunities to participate with other musicians and learn and grow your own musical skills during this pandemic time, when group rehearsals and liturgy participation are suspended. New members of all the Pohick music groups are always welcome. This may be the time to explore your own musical skills.

Click here if you would like to join one of our music groups!

Choir of Pohick
St. Cecelia St. Alban Choir
  • Choir of PohickCollege age and adult singers. Rehearsals: Thursdays 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm in the Music Room. Sings for the Sunday 10:30 am service (warming up at 9:45 am) and for special additional Christmas and Holy Week services.
  • St. Cecelia St. Alban ChoirStudents in grades 4-12. Rehearsals: Sundays 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Music Room. Studies musicianship, singing, and elements of worship. Sings the first Sunday of the month at the 9:00 am service and the third Sunday of the month at the 11:15 am service, warming up at 10:50 am.
    • This fall there will be some choir Zoom meetings held at the Sunday time above. In addition, prerecorded video rehearsals will include warm ups, a fun song, information about a hymn, psalm or anthem, and a recording of the accompaniment so that choristers and their families can sing at home. These lessons will be posted on Music from Pohick, our YouTube channel, with links to them on the Pohick website.

Click here to register/update contact information for St. Francis and St. Cecelia St. Alban Choirs!

St. Francis Choir
  • St. Francis ChoirStudents in grades K-3. Rehearsals: Wednesdays from 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Singers learn basic singing skills as well as traditional songs of Episcopal worship through singing and games. Third graders will learn about the hymnbook — how to find a hymn and how to understand basic hymnbook sections such as the index of first lines and the list of composers. Third graders will also learn how to read a hymn. Sings the second Sunday of the month at the 9:00 am service. Barb Lynn, director
Pohick Bell Choir
  • Pohick Bell ChoirTeens and adults. Rehearsals: Thursdays, 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm. Studies bell techniques, musicianship, and rings joyfully once a month for the 10:30 service.
  • Click here to watch a video: Members of the Pohick Church Bell Choir and contralto Carolyn Cockroft ring and sing this ancient hymn, arranged by Linda Wilberger Egan for random ringing, and sung in equal note values as a chant.
Pohick Pickers
  • Pohick PickersAdult instrumentalists. Play a variety of instruments on third Sunday of the month at the 10:30 am service and for community outreach events.
    • This fall individual members of this group may be called upon to play their instruments as soloists during services. John Sessums, director
Early Church Music Ensemble
  • Pohick Early Church Music EnsembleAdult singers. Rehearsals: Second and fourth Sundays of the month at 10:30 am – 11:00 am. Sings 16th, 17th, and 18th century a capella anthems at the 11:15 am service several times a year. TG Powell, director

In addition to rehearsals and services listed above, all music groups participate in our annual concert, Sounds of Pohick. You can listen to the 2019 Sounds of Pohick concert by clicking here.

Pohick Church is also quite proud of its pipe organ. Visit this page to learn more about its rich history.