Ministry of Music

The Brick Presbyterian Church has been well known for its music ministry since 18th century. Our Chancel Choir leads us every Sunday in musical prayer and praise of God. In addition to worship services, our choir and pipe organs are regularly featured in concerts throughout the season.

The Ministry of Music at The Brick Presbyterian Church is led by Music Minister Dr. Raymond Nagem, who directs our Chancel Choir and coordinates music for weekly worship and special services.

Meet Dr. Nagem:

Join Us – December 19th at 4:00 PM

Each Advent season, during the darkest time of the year, God’s radiant light shines forth in this Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. In the candlelit Sanctuary, the extraordinary voices of the Chancel Choir and the mighty tone of the Coignet-Casavant Frères pipe organ combine to herald the miracle of Christ’s birth. This service of Advent and Christmas music brings beauty, peace, and joy amidst the busy holiday season.

Brick Church offers musical opportunities for children and youth. Led by Interim Director of Children’s Music Cristina Soto, children’s choirs for ages four and up ​meet weekly and participate in worship throughout the year.

Thanks to the generosity of Don and Lynn Wilson and their steadfast devotion to Brick Church’s Ministry of Music, Brick Church and the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music established in 2013 the Wilson Family Sacred Music Internship. This internship provides an exceptional opportunity for a graduate student at the ISM to participate in our music ministry during the academic year. As part of an intensive, on-site learning experience, the intern shares in organ playing and choral conducting duties while learning about all aspects of our music program.

The Wilson Family Sacred Music internship also supports an undergraduate intern from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio.  Each January since 2008, an organ major at Oberlin is invited to spend the month at Brick Church and participate each week in the musical life of the congregation.

At festive services during the year, our worship is graced by the Brick Church Brass and Percussion Ensemble. Their presence at Christmas Eve and Easter is made possible by the Wallace Sacred Music Fund.

The Brick Church is blessed with two world-class pipe organs, the Sanctuary organ built by Casavant Frères (2005) and the Chapel organ built by Guilbault-Thérien (1996). Also in the Sanctuary is an 1898 Steinway “C” grand piano, fully restored in 2010 by Klavierhaus of New York City.

Special music events are held throughout the year. You can read more about these programs here.