Music at St. James
Music is a vibrant part of parish life at St. James by-the-Sea under the leadership of our Music Director, Alex Benestelli. Contact him HERE. Read his bio HERE. We welcome you to listen, participate, reflect and find inspiration in the music of St. James.
The St. James Choir graces our weekly 10:00 am worship service with dignity, warmth, and beauty as they draw this community into a closer relationship with God through beautiful choral music. On Easter Sunday, we add the beauty of brass and timpani to our services, and on Christmas Eve we enjoy the beauty of strings and harp. If you are interested in auditioning for the choir, please contact Alex Benestelli
In addition, St. James is home to these organizations:
Bach Collegium San Diego,
La Jolla Music Society Summerfest,
San Diego Baroque, and
San Diego Early Music Society.
San Diego Baroque presents a noontime recital series, Bach's Lunch, on the first Wednesday of the month. Bring your lunch for a free 30-40 minute Baroque concert immediately following the noon Eucharist. Members of San Diego Baroque
will be joined by other instrumentalists and some of our own St. James singers. The series is curated by our organist, Dr. Alison Luedecke.
Special Worship Services
Evensong, a time to be still and let God speak to us through the singing of psalms, readings and canticles, takes place at 5:00 pm several Sundays a year, 7607 La Jolla Blvd., in St. Mary’s Chapel (walking distance from St. James).
Compline-by-Candlelight, drawn from the most contemplative of the monastic offices begun in the middle ages, this service offers music from Gregorian Chant and early polyphony to the contemporary music of modern mystics. It is offered in the St. James Church several Sundays a year.
Taizé is a service which includes music of participation, often sung in short Latin phrases, so the mind is released from distraction, allowing focus on listening to God. This is a ministry of the Daughters of the King at St. James and held in St. James Church several times a year.
For current schedules of these services click HERE.
St. James' Music Series 2018-2019
The highly-praised St. James Music Series presents concerts throughout the year as an outreach to the San Diego community. The St. James Choir offers performances of major choral works with symphony musicians as part of the series.
Click HERE for info and tickets.
The Ralph M. Parsons memorial pipe organ at St. James was built by the Austin Organ Company in Hartford, Connecticut. It was dedicated on June 13th, 1976 by Larry King, who at the time served as Organist-Choirmaster of Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, N.Y. The organ consists of four manuals and pedals, six divisions, 46 stops, 60 ranks of pipes totaling 3,481 individual pipes. The main console is located in the chancel with an additional smaller console in the chapel.