Instrumental Music

St. James choirs sing many pieces a cappella and many with piano or organ accompaniment.


The main instruments used to accompany the choirs and congregation each Sunday for our services are a Rogers electronic organ and a Knabe baby grand piano. The sounds of these instruments are well suited to the live acoustics of our sanctuary.



Prelude music at St. James often is music from the classical piano repertoire. We also have a set of handbells, which we use occasionally, as well as a conga drum and a variety of rhythm instruments. We occasionally bring in other instrumentalists to supplement the liturgical music for the day. A few times a year, you may hear a flute, a clarinet, or a violin participating in our service at the prelude and postlude and accompanying the choir on an anthem or on a congregational hymn. 


A string trio performs for the St. James 10:30 service a couple of times a year. Liz Athorn on piano, Cliff Athorn on cello, and Jennifer McGuire on violin, the trio plays music from the classical repertoire for a prelude and postlude, and sometimes accompanies one of the choirs as well at the anthem. We are always looking for new ways to include instrumental music in our services.