Music at St. Anne’s

St. Anne’s Concert Series

St. Anne’s Church is known for its exemplary music program and this free concert series is a big part of it.  Through this series, we bring to Annapolis the best musicians in the region. The church itself boasts the finest acoustics in the area as well as one of the finest pipe organs. So, if you like music – music of all kinds – join us!

All Thursday Concerts begin at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle, Annapolis)

No tickets required for these special nights! Come as you are, pay as you can.

**New This Season!** Sunday Organ Vespers – 4:00 PM

Organ Vespers

**New This Season!** Sunday Organ Vespers

This new series launches on September 24 at 4:00 PM with the first of eight, hour-long Organ Vespers that are designed to show off St. Anne’s newly-refurbished Freiburger organ as well as the organ works of J.S. Bach, performed by organist Larry Molinaro.  Throughout his entire career, Bach was regarded as the “prince of all clavier players” (as a colleague once called him). This first Organ Vespers program features some of the virtuosic “foundational” works that Bach wrote before his years in Leipzig.  The program shows how Bach incorporated the styles of the previous generation of German masters along with Italian and French styles into his compositions.  Works to be performed include chorales from the Orgelbüchlein as well as the famous Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor (BWV 582).

Organ Vespers concerts at 4:00 PM (unless otherwise noted) on:

September 24
October 22
November 26
January 21
February 18
March 11 (3:00 PM)
April 15
May 20

Our 6:15 PM Thursday Fall Concert Series ends December 14.

December 14 - Bach+ - Abendmusik

Thursday, December 14 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)

Bach+ – Abendmusik
The Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, dating from 1734-35, celebrates the liturgical seasons associated with the Nativity (Advent, Christmas and Epiphany).  Comprised of six individual cantatas, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio conveys the theology of Preparation, Incarnation, and Manifestation relating to the Messiah.  This Thursday evening Abendmusik performance of Cantata #1 (“Jauchzet, frohlocket”) starts our Bach+ exploration of this monumental work.  The series continues with Cantata #2 on December 24 (Christmas Eve Service, 10:30 PM at St. Anne’s), Cantata #5 on January 7, 2018 (Celebration of the Epiphany, 11:15 AM service at St. Anne’s) and Cantata #6 on February 1, 2018 (Bach+ evening performance, 6:15 PM).

Our 6:15 PM Thursday Spring Concert Series begins February 1, 2018.

February 1– Bach+ – Cantata 5 from the Christmas Oratorio
February 8– Peter Griggs- Guitar
February 15– Con Brio
February 22– Barclay Brass
March 1– Beau Soir
March 15– Bellini Ensemble
March 22– District5 Woodwind Quintet
April 5– Enrique Reynosa- violin and Anna Nizhegorodtseva- piano
April 12– An Evening with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra Players
April 19– Bach+ Musical Offering

February 8 - Peter Griggs - 500 Years of Music for Guitar

Thursday, February 8 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)

“500 Years Of Music For Guitar,” is a chronological tour of the guitarist’s repertoire from the Renaissance to the Contemporary, including Baroque, Classical, flamenco, jazz and Brazilian music.  The program includes music by Ceasar Negri, Vincenzo Galilei, Ludovico Roncalli, Ferdinando Carulli, Bartolome Calatuyud, Robert Johnson, Luiz Bonfa and Thelonious Monk – as well as Griggs’ own compositions.

Peter Griggs is a guitarist and composer from New York City. He has presented more than 500 solo guitar concerts throughout the USA, Germany and United Kingdom, as well as in Scandinavia, the Baltic States, the Low Countries, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic and Croatia, at art centers, museums, galleries, libraries, churches, festivals and jazz clubs. His repertoire includes classical music of all periods – from Renaissance to modern – as well as flamenco, jazz, Brazilian music and his own compositions.

Critics in the United Kingdom and Germany have been particularly enthusiastic about Griggs’ concert performances. Gary Frager praised his “sizzling guitar playing” in Scotland’s Dundee Courier, while Gordon Calder of the Caithness Courier noted that “his talent and technical ability was there for all to see.” In the Hi-Arts Online Journal (Inverness), Alexander Smith wrote that Griggs’ approach to concert programming is “sophisticated and highly enjoyable.” Elke Sprunkel, in Cologne’s Stadt-Anzeiger, described “a master of soft and expressive sounds.” Sigrid Hedderich in the Bergische Morgen Post was even more emphatic: “An almost unbelievable talent! Peter Griggs performs magic!”

February 22 - The Barclay Brass

Thursday, February 22 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)

The Barclay Brass is comprised of some of Washington DC’s top brass musicians. Barclay Brass members perform with premier military bands, major symphony orchestras, and are in demand as freelancers all over the country. From the Pope to the President, members of The Barclay Brass have performed for some of the highest profile officials and ceremonies.

The Barclay Brass performs a wide variety of music, including custom arrangements by David J. Miller. We enjoy creating diverse programs – from patriotic and classical to ceremonial and seasonal – for audiences of all ages.

The Barclay Brass has collaborated in concerts with Joy-Leilani Garbutt at Christ Lutheran Church in Washington, DC, Christopher Betts at Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, Heather Adelsberger at St. Louis Parish in Clarksville, Mark Willey at Spencerville Seventh Day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, and David Elliott at St. Mary Catholic Church in Alexandria. Other recent performances include Church of the Epiphany in Washington DC, The US Army Band’s Tuba Euphonium Workshop, and the 40th Anniversary celebration of Star Wars at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

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March 1 - Beau Soir Ensemble

Thursday, March 1 at 6:15 PM @ St. Anne’s Church

The Beau Soir Ensemble is a flute, viola, and harp trio in the Washington, DC area dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire spanning a variety of musical genres. The group was founded by harpist Michelle Lundy in 2007.  Jennifer Ries joined the group as their violist in 2013.  Beau Soir Ensemble is excited to perform with a variety of guest flute players in their upcoming 2015/2016 season.  The Trio regularly performs at venues and acclaimed concert series in the DC and Baltimore area including the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Sundays at Three in Columbia, Harman Center for the Arts, Arts Club of Washington, The Lyceum, Church of the Epiphany,  Dumbarton House, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Old Town Hall (Fairfax, VA), and The Anderson House. The Trio also won the 2014 Montpelier Arts Recital Competition.

As part of its commitment to exposing audiences to contemporary music and new artists, Beau Soir frequently offers performances featuring world and local premiers by various composers. Last season, the Trio was proud to present the local premiere of David Bruce’s critically acclaimed “Eye of the Night” and “No Exit” by Don Davis.  This season they are excited to perform the local premieres of Milton Barnes “Harbord Street” and a commissioned arrangement of Scarlatti’s Piano Sonata in D, K. 491 by Dan Reiter.

Known for their exciting performance style and diverse programming, this ensemble continues to attract a strong fan base through its acclaimed performances and unique audience interaction, which includes background, analysis, historical information, and descriptions of performance techniques within each performance.  Beau Soir Ensemble’s goal is to make classical music accessible and enjoyable, inspiring a new generation of music lovers.

March 15 - Bellini Ensemble

Thursday, March 15 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)

The Bellini Ensemble, featuring Laura Knutson-violin, Kathy Birch-cello and Carol Wolfe-Ralph-piano performs the works of Haydn, Rachmaninov and Mendelssohn.

Carol Wolfe-Ralph is an accomplished pianist who holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Maryland.  She has performed many solo recitals, as well as with orchestra, and was a featured artist at the largest International Rodrigo Festival, where she presented the solo piano music of Rodrigo.  Dr. Wolfe has extensive accompanying experience and specializes in vocal accompanying.  She has accompanied countless recitals over the years with favorable reviews in the Washington Post.  Dr. Wolfe maintains an active piano studio with many prize-winning students.  She serves on the Board of Maryland State Music Teachers Association as Past President, and chairs the annual state solo piano competition.  She is also Past President of Friday Morning Music Club where she is a performing member.  Dr. Wolfe is an Adjunct Professor of Theory at Goucher College as well as Adjunct Professor of Piano.  In addition, she is Music Director, organist and choir director at a local church.  She also holds a Masters in Financial Management and Accounting and is a licensed CPA and IRS Enrolled Agent.  When she is not working, teaching or practicing, she can be found at the barn spending time with her horses.  She lives in Bowie, MD with her husband, John Ralph.

Laura Knutson, violinist, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and N. Illinois University, where she studied with Charles Castleman and Shmuel Ashkenasi.  She served as Concertmaster of the U.S. Army Chamber Orchestra 2003-2014 and as Concertmaster of the Arlington Symphony 1997-2005.  Ms. Knutson participated in festivals in Charleston, Spoleto, and Heidelberg and has performed as soloist with the National Symphony as a winner of their young Soloist Competition.  In Addition to frequent solo performances and recitals with the U.S. Army Orchestra and Band, she has been featured as soloist with the Fairfax and Arlington Symphonies.  Laura is a very active freelancer and recitalist in the Washington area.  She resides in Berwyn Heights with her husband, Navy Band trombonist, Jeff Knutson, and has two children, Alma and Jan.

Kathy Birch is an established freelance cellist in the Washington/Baltimore/Annapolis area.  She is a graduate of The Ohio State University.  While living in Columbus, Ohio she was a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.  Following her husband to the DC area, Kathy entered the local freelance market.  She is currently the principal cellist with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Chesapeake orchestra.  She has performed with many local orchestras, including the Amadeus Chamber orchestra, the Washing Ballet Orchestra, and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.  Kathy has performed with noted artists like James Taylor, the Fifth Dimension, Terence Blanchard, Chuck Mangione, and a recording with Enye.  Kathy is the director of the Bellini Ensemble, a group of talented musicians that perform at local venues.  She maintains a private cello studio in her home in Bowie, MD where she resides with her husband, Robert Birch, former principal trumpet with the U.S. Navy Band and currently the Band Director at George Washington University.

March 22 - District5 Woodwind Quintet - Of Love and Praise

Thursday, March 22 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)

Spend a cozy winter evening with Washington DC-based wind quintet, District5, for a program of contemplative and invigorating Romantic works. All works originally for piano have been beautifully arranged for winds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn). These compelling transcriptions allow audiences to hear iconic works through a colorful new lens.

Specializing in original transcriptions and new music, District5 has developed a unique repertoire that showcases the virtuosity, colors, and endless possibilities of the wind quintet. They are recipients of a 2016 Chamber Music America Classical Commission and have recently performed at the U.S. Department of State, the Barns at Wolf Trap, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Capital Fringe: Music in the Library, the Kent Chamber Series, the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, and the Washington Arts Club. They gave the U.S.premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ROTARY Woodwind Quintet and frequently collaborate with composer David Plylar to present new transcriptions of virtuosic piano and chamber music.

District5 enjoys​ sharing ​its​ passion for chamber music with young musicians; they have designed outreach programs for the DC Youth Orchestra Program, the American Youth Philharmonic, and the UMBC Wind Ensemble. At the University of Maryland, District5 served as the Ensemble-in-Residence for the 2016 and 2017 High School Academy and as the Fellowship Wind Quintet from 2013-15.

Future engagements include a residency at Ithaca College and the release of their first recorded album of the complete Chopin Preludes later this year.

April 5 - Enrique Reynosa - violin and Anna Nizhegorodtseva- piano

Thursday, April 5 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)

Enrique and Anna perform the works of Mozart, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Monti for violin and piano.

Enrique Reynosa, a native of Monterrey, Mexico has completed his Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. He has also obtained a Master’s Degree and an Artist Certificate in Violin Performance at Azusa Pacific University (APU) in California and the Doctorate in Musical Arts program at The Catholic University of America under the direction of maestro Jose Cueto.

He is being awarded First Place for the State of Virginia in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition of 2004 as the leader of the Vitali String Quartet, and the 3rd Place at the 2015 Euterpe International Music Competition in Corato, Italy with the International DC Trio.

He has also toured with different orchestras in Italy, South Korea, Uruguay, Canada, Mexico and United States. He has performed twice at the White House in Washington D.C. in 2003 and 2014. Other performances include The Russian Cultural Centre and the Russian Embassy in Washington DC with the International DC Trio, The Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC as well as the Mexican consulates of Orlando FL and Los Angeles CA with the Vitali String Quartet.  Recently last September 2015 he was honored to be the concertmaster for the Catholic University Symphony Orchestra which performed for the Pope Francis during the papal mass in Washington D.C.

Russian born pianist Anna Nizhegorodtseva has garnered prizes in numerous international competitions for piano and for chamber music. Among these are 1st Prize from the 17th EUTERPE International Music Competition in Italy, 1st Prize at the Lewisville Lake Symphony International Piano Competition in Texas 2nd Prize at the Los Angeles International Bicentennial Liszt Competition, 1st Prize at the MTAC in Los Angeles, 2nd Prize at the Moscow Chamber Music Competition, and 1st Prize in the International Piano Competition in Kiev, Ukraine.

Anna frequently performs in the US and abroad, as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Her performances in the US, France, Italy, Spain and Mexico, in venues like Carnegie Hall in New York and the American Cathedral in Paris, have been establishing her reputation. Recognized as a rising young star, she has already been invited onto the jury of an international festival, the 2016 Xi’an International Music Festival in China.

Anna began her piano lessons when she was 6 years old; she holds an Artist Certificate from Azusa Pacific University and Doctoral in Musical Arts from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC.

April 12 - An Evening with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra Players

Thursday, April 12 at 6:15 PM @ St. Anne’s Church

Members of Live Arts Maryland’s very own Annapolis Chamber Orchestra present an evening of chamber music, featuring Kathie Trahan- Flute, Kerry Willingham- Oboe, Kari Shea- Bassoon, and Erik Apland- Piano.  The intimate setting of St. Anne’s Church is the perfect place to enjoy familiar tunes in the works of Demersseman, Massenet and Bizet and hear new music by Canadian composer, Bill Douglas.

Adult Choir

Snior Choir Music ProgramUnder the direction of conductor, J. Ernest Green, our Adult Choir is composed of over 50 members. The Adult Choir provides most of the music for our 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. worship services. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Skylight Room of the Parish House.  For more information, contact Ernie Green

Church Circle Choristers

This interfaith ensemble consists of treble voices, including boys with unchanged voices ages 8+. Choristers rehearse weekly on Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 PM and lead worship once a month at our Saturday and Sunday 5:30 PM services.

At St. Anne’s Church, we are blessed to have a thriving musical culture; and this city–wide children’s choir is part of our vision to keep our hearts and doors open to the greater Annapolis community. Our diverse choral repertoire consists of music from the Anglican choral tradition as well as other cultural and global musical traditions. We offer a hands-on, educationally-focused approach tailored to each singer’s needs to build musical and leadership skills that will last a lifetime!

By participating in the choir, choristers gain training in vocal technique, music theory and aural skills that are compatible with studying an instrument, singing in additional choirs or furthering their vocal studies.

Join us for an exciting season of soulful singing and help us expand our musical mission further into the community!  The Choristers have a vibrant year ahead with leading music at St. Anne’s Church and performances at the National Cathedral, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and an exciting collaboration with the Peabody Preparatory Harp Ensemble.


If you have questions, or for more information, please contact the Choristers director, Elissa Edwards, at

2017 Schedule:

August 27: Choir Welcome Pizza Party 2:00 PM

September 23 & 24: Evening Worship Services 5:30 

October 8: Blessing of the Animals 1:00 PM
October 21 & 22: Evening Worship Services 5:30 PM

November 18 & 19: Evening Worship Services 5:30 PM

December 9 & 10: Advent Lessons & Carols 5:30 PM
with Peabody Preparatory Harp Ensemble

Come encourage our growing treble choir as they share the beauty of the Anglican choral tradition with the citywide community!  It is our vocational delight to bring you this glorious music each month.

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Click on the video above to enjoy our Young Singers performing Siyahamba

Children’s Choir

Music for ChildrenChildren’s Choir is for all St. Anne’s children between the ages of 3 and 8. Children practice year-round during the Sycamore Tree Children’s Liturgy at the 9.30 AM Sunday service and they sing the anthem at the Eucharist on the third Sunday of each month from October through May. The Children’s Choir sings at the Christ Child Service on Christmas Eve and the Children’s Liturgy of the Light on the Saturday before Easter.  For more information, contact Laurie Hays

Church Circle Consort

Music Band St. Anne'sInstrumental music for church services and other events is frequently provided by the Church Circle Consort. This group is a collection of instrumentalist, including strings, winds and percussion that range from amateur to professional and beginners to lifetime musicians under the direction of Kari Shea. Interested participants are grouped appropriately with other instruments or arrangements are made for solo performances and accompaniment with piano. A brass choir meets regularly and a string trio meets at arranged times. Other groups are formed for specific performances and as the need arises. If you play an instrument and want more information, contact Kari Shea