All of us at Saint Mark’s are excited to expand our music department by creating a new, all-volunteer choir called the Saint Mark’s Singers. The new choir, under the direction of yours truly, just had its first rehearsal Sunday with 32 members. It was a fantastic way to start our new venture and I’m looking forward to all that’s ahead for us. The first concert, Red Velvet Christmas, is on December 19 and features some of the sweetest, most decadent mid-century carols for choir. Think Fred Waring, Ken Darby, Alfred Burt, Leo Sowerby, and more.
We’re all looking forward to sharing our music with you and I’m excited to build up the Singers this season. If you’d like to join us for friendship and song, please let me know. We’re always happy to gain new members!
– Bryan Dunnewald, 13 October 2021
It has been a long time since I’ve been able to give a recital, or perform in public at all for that matter! I’m looking forward to performing at Saint Mark’s on Sunday in a recital presented online. The organ is sounding great and I can’t wait to share some music with you, even if it has to be online-only. I hope you’ll join us for the live broadcast, and if you miss it we may leave parts of it up online for later viewing as well. See you there!
- Sunday, 24 January 2021; 4:00pm. Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, PA. Bryan will give a recital showcasing his “home” organ – the recently-restored Aeolian-Skinner organ at Saint Mark’s. The 45-minute program will be presented to a limited in-person audience and broadcast live online. You can tune in here and a program can be found here.
– Bryan Dunnewald, 19 January 2021
I believe good musical priests should have some pieces written for them – as a show of thanks for their support of their musicians – and I’m honored to have written my first for The Rev. Dr. Kyle Babin. Kyle is a great friend and colleague who has recently been appointed Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont. We’ve worked together at Saint Mark’s and he also happens to be the spouse of Robert McCormick, our organist and choirmaster. Kyle is a trained musician and was an organist/music director before becoming a priest. He will no-doubt be a beacon for good work and music in the church.
The Rosemont Service is an SATB mass in English. Good Shepherd has a long tradition of great music which includes weekly choral masses and I hope this piece will serve them well.
You can view this piece and preview the score on the compositions page.
– Bryan Dunnewald, 4 October 2020
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at writing a congregational mass setting for a while now, and earlier this month I finally did so. The result is my Communion Service in E-flat. This might be useful for those working with reduced musical forces during the pandemic, and can also be sung by a congregation as well.
In addition to the unison setting, I’ve added a simple choral (SATB) setting to the same music as well. I hope these will provide something nice to sing and easy to learn – we could all use some more music these days!
The pieces are dedicated to my parents, for whom I am always grateful. It is impossible to quantify just how much they do for me.
Both versions of Communion Service in E-flat can be found on the compositions page.
– Bryan Dunnewald, 18 September 2020
I have exciting news to share! Bryan Anderson, a colleague and friend of mine from Curtis who now lives in Houston, has started an online publishing house for sacred music and organ music called Cordial Publications. I’m honored to be one of the first composers in Cordial’s catalogue! Many of my pieces are featured on Cordial’s website, and you can always view my pieces on the compositions page.
I hope you’ll take a look through Cordial’s catalogue. There are many great pieces by talented composers that may be useful to those in church music fields.
Click here to go to Cordial’s website.
– Bryan Dunnewald, 24 August 2020