Shaping our vision: Music & Arts at St. Mark's
St. Mark's is committed to supporting the arts in its many forms. Music is strongly integrated into our weekly services, which include organ and choral music and often features the talents of our parishioners who are accomplished pianists, flutists, brass instrumentalists, cellists, and vocal soloists. Since the early 1990s, St. Mark's has had an Arts Council that is committed to supporting and promoting our many active arts groups, including the Choirs, Visual and Liturgical Arts Groups, the St. Mark's Players, the Yoga Center and the Dance Studio. The ways in which the community expresses itself via the arts provides opportunities for parishioners to develop and expand his or her creativity as an expression of spirtual life, allowing artists to share their gifts within the St. Mark's community and to the greater Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Arts Council encourages individual and group expression and participation in the artistic presentations of our faith.
Here are some recent examples of the way the arts are integrated into life at St. Mark's:
• "Madonna and Child": a photographic exploration of mothers and their children within St. Mark's, displayed in the Nave during the Christmas 2008;
• "Parade", a 2009 performance of the controversial and acclaimed Broadway musical by the St. Mark's Players, which directly supported our Race and Reconciliation program;
• World premiere in 2009 of the choral anthem "As Newborn Stars Were Stirred to Song", commissioned by the St. Mark's Chancel choir and written and conducted by Dr. David Hurd, Professor of Sacred Music and Director of Chapel Music at the General Theological Seminary in New York.