Sacred Music in a Sacred Space


Sunday, 30 October, at 3:00pm

The United States Navy Band Chamber Ensemble

The United States Navy Band Chamber Ensemble is comprised of some of the finest musicians in the U.S. military. The ensemble frequently performs at the White House and for functions hosted by the Chief of Naval Operations, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other functions for dignitaries. Directed by Musician First Class William Kelly, the Chamber Music Recital Series, a performance series comprised of soloists and small group performances in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, is happy to include a performance at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church on this year’s season.


Sunday, 20 November, at 3:00pm

Saint Cecelia Festival Organ Recital

Our Director of Music and Liturgy, Russell Weismann, will play a one hour long recital marking the three year anniversary of our admired 2,000+ pipe Lively-Fulcher pipe organ.  The recital will feature works of twentieth-century French composers, including Jean Langlais, Jehan Alain, Olivier Messiaen, and Gaston Litaize.


Sunday, 11 December, at 7:30pm

Carols by Candlelight

Celebrate the Season! This festive program, lead by the University of Maryland Brass Ensemble, St. Jane’s Festival Choir, Handbell Ensemble, and School Children’s Choir, includes works by Harold Darke, John Gardiner, John Rutter, and Glenn Rudolph interspersed between Christmastide Carols with the audience and spoken reflections based on the birth of Christ. 


Saturday, 4 February, at 10:30am

Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza!

The pipe organ has been called the “King of Instruments” and the sounds of the pipe organ have inspired many for centuries. "Pedals, Pipes and Pizza!" is a half-day introductory workshop to the 'King of Instruments' for kids ages 8-18 (interested adults are welcome to join, as well) who have some experience on the piano and wish to learn more about the pipe organ (its construction, how it works, and its music). The schedule includes a demonstration of the instrument, a tour of the organ loft, a pizza lunch, and an “open console” for the participants to try out their fingers and feet on the organ.


Sunday, 19 March, at 3pm

Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble

Hailed by the Washington Post for their, “beautiful display of virtuosity”, The Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble is considered one of the premiere ensembles of its kind in North America. Directed by Michael Holmes, the ensemble consists of historic brass instrument specialists based in Washington D.C. Assemblages of cornetts (curved hybrid brass/woodwind instruments) and sackbuts (early trombones) comprised what was the standard brass ensemble of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras in Western music. Its repertoire is vast, exploring nearly every possible style period and region where early brass sources were represented, including music from the major Italian, German, Polish, Bohemian, Moravian, Scandinavian, Spainish, and English courts, as well as the Americas.


Sunday, 29 April, at 3:00pm

Voice Recital

Featuring bass soloist, Arthur LaRue. This one hour program features music of Beethoven, Ives, Bach, and Handel.


Sunday, 14 May, at 3:00pm

Organ Plus! Music for Trumpet and Organ

Featuring trumpeter, Chris Gekker, Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland. This one hour program features music for the unusual combination of trumpet and organ. Selection will include works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Craig Phillips, and Daniel Pinkham.