Choirs & Ensembles


Choirs & Ensembles

St. Bart's choirs and music programs are well known throughout the diocese for providing a rich tapestry of traditional and contempory music. Joining our music programs is easy; auditions are not required for the choirs--you only need the ability to carry a tune. Sight reading and other skills can be developed as part of rehearsals. New members in each choir are partnered with the section leaders for orientation and mentoring.

At the annual choir retreat, the music planned for the coming church year is previewed with initial rehearsal and section practice. For more information on joining our music program please contact Nathan Costa, Director of Music at (858) 432-7112.

Choir at St. Bart's in Poway

Coventry Choir – A 50-member mixed adult volunteer choir with experienced  section leaders. This group sings at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service each week. They participate in Evensong on the fifth Saturday. A Gospel Mass, mid-Lent Mass and other special programs are scheduled thoughout the year. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7-8 p.m.

Psalm singers at St. Bart's

The Psalm Singers - a mixed group of eight singers who sing at the 5 p.m. service on the third Saturday of each month, at a Taize style service. Rehearsal is on the third Saturday at 4 p.m.


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Voices 8 - sing on the fifth Sunday at the 8 a.m. service and with the Choristers on the third Sunday at the 8 am. service.

Rehearsal is on the Thursday before from 6:30 - 6:55 p.m.


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The Choristers - St. Bart's children's choir. The group focuses on sight-reading and learning basic musical skills. All children in 2nd grade and above are encouraged to join. The choristers sing on the third Sunday at the 8 a.m. service and at special festival Sunday services. 

Rehearsals are on Sundays  from 11:30 to 12:30  in the South Parish Hall. Contact Choristers' Director Tim McLellan for more information.

an a capella choir at St. Bart's church in Poway

The Schola Cantamus - men and women who enjoy singing the ancient music of the church, including plainchant and other a capella music. The Schola sing on the fourth Sunday at the 8 a.m. Sunday service, Evensong services and Christmas Eve.

Rehearsals are held on Wednesday from 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.

The Camerata Strings - St. Bart's parishioners playing all of the strings – violin, viola, cello, bass. Players need to have a minimum of 3 years experience or play in the 3rd Book. All ages are welcome. They play on the third Sunday at the 10:15 a.m. service and supply solos, duets and other chamber music throughout the year. The Camerata Strings also join the choir for the annual the Mid-Lent Choral Mass.

Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.


Hand bell choir at St. Bart's in Poway

Salisbury Hand Bell Choir - The handbells ensemble play on the second Sunday at the 8 a.m. service. To join the handbells group, it is preferable that you can read music, however instruction on sight reading will be provided. Rehearsals are Mondays at 7 p.m.

Instrumentalists at 10:15 service

Instrumentalists play gathering music and music for Communion for our 10:15 a.m. service