Music is at the heart of Anglo-Catholic worship.  It is one of the
primary ways in which we worship, love and serve our Lord Jesus

The choir of The Good Shepherd consists of a professional core with
talented, auditioned volunteer singers.  The choir sings weekly at the
10 o’clock Mass on Sunday and at special liturgies throughout the year, including Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, the Solemn Liturgies of Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost. Our choir offers a sung setting of the Mass on most Sundays and Feast Days ranging from Palestrina and Victoria to Stanford and Parry and the great English Cathedral repertoire as well as sacred music being written for the church today such as James MacMillan, Eriks Esenvalds and local Philadelphia composers.

If you are interested in singing in the choir, please contact the Organist and Choirmaster, Matthew Glandorf about setting up an appointment (215 435 6016).

Choir Commissioning on the Solemnity of the Holy Cross

Our music program seeks to nurture and encourage a new generation of talented musicians to participate in worship, and thus we have formed a Choral Scholar Program for talented students from our neighboring colleges. Currently we have four choral scholars from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, in order to support them in the studies.

All of our music offerings are dependent on the generosity of donors. Please do consider making a gift to the Music Fund of the Church of the Good Shepherd, especially to our special music fund or the Choral Scholarship Fund.

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Maestro Glandorf in action

Matthew C. Glandorf has a versatile career as a conductor, teacher, organist, improviser, church musician and composer.  At the age of 16, Matthew began his studies at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with John Weaver (organ) and Ford Lallerstedt (counterpoint and Music History).Further studies were undertaken at the Manhattan School of Music with McNeil Robinson.

Mr Glandorf has held the position as Music Director at several historic Philadelphia churches including the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, Old Pine Presbyterian Church, Old st. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Since 1995 he has served on the Musical Studies department at Curtis where he has taught early music history, counterpoint, figured bass, ear training and improvisation. Most repellent he formed the Curtis Collegium, an ensemble that specializes in historical performance practice.

He has also taught at Swarthmore College and Westminster Choir College and the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University. As an organist, he has appeared as recitalist throughout the United States, England and Germany as well as a recitalist and conductor for conventions of The Organ Historical Society, American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. Matthew currently serves as artistic director of Choral ArtsPhiladelphia (since 2004) and the Philadelphia Bach Festival (since 2008) where he founded the Philadelphia Bach Collegium which is comprised of the region’s finest period instrumentalists and scholars.

Rosemont, Pennsylvania
Church of the Good Shepherd

Austin   Op. 2613   1977   3/57

GREAT                     SWELL
16′ Violone               16′ Bourdon Doux
8′ Principal              8′ Principal
8′ Violone                8′ Flûte à Cheminée
8′ Hohlflöte             8′ Viole de Gambe
4′ Octave                  8′ Voix Céleste
4′ Rohrflöte             4′ Prestant
2′ Super Octave      4′ Flûte à Fuseau
IV  Fourniture         2 2/3′ Nasard
III  Cymbale             2′ Quarte de Nasard
16′ Bombarde           1 3/5′ Tierce
8′ Trompette           IV  Plein Jeu
4′ Clairon                 II  Cymbale
16′ Bombarde
8′ Trompette
8′ Hautbois
4′ Hautbois Clairon

32′ Bourdon Resultant
16′ Contra Bass
16′ Bourdon
16′ Violone
16′ Bourdon Doux
8′ Octave                                      POSITIV
8′ Bourdon                              8′ Principal
8′ Violone                               8′ Melodia
8′ Bourdon Doux                  4′ Octave
4′ Choralbass                         4′ Koppelflöte
4′ Koppelflöte                        2′ Superoctave
IV  Fourniture                        1 1/3′ Larigot
32′ Contre Bombarde           III  Scharf
16′ Bombarde                         II  Cymbel
16′ Bombarde     SW             8′ Clarinet
8′ Trompette                         Tremulant
8′ Rohrschalmei                  Zymbelstern
4′ Rohrschalmei                  8′ Festival Trumpet
4′ Festival Clarion



Song List

September 16th   HOLY CROSS (transferred)

Asperges me –     Tomas Luis da Victoria

Opening:              At the Name of Jesus  1982 Hymnal  #435

Communion Service in C –  Charles V. Stanford

Offertory Anthem: Crux Fidelis –   Jean Roger-Ducasse

Offertory                Cross of Jesus   1982 Hymnal # 160

Communion          66    Sing, my tongue the glorious battle   verses

1, 4, 5, 6,

Closing               Lift High the Cross   1982 Hymnal; #473



September 23rd


Opening:             Put forth, O God   380

Missa “O Quam Gloriosum” – Tomas Luis da Victoria

Offertory Anthem:    Dear Lord and Father of Mankind  – C. Hubert Parry

Offertory:             Lead, kindly Light  430 Second Tune

Communion:         King of Glory, King of Peace   1982 Hymnal 282

Closing:                 Come gracious Spirit  378



September 28th ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS Solemn Evensong and Benediction


Preces and Responses – William Byrd

Office Hymn:  120 Around the throne of God a band Evening Service in D – C. Hubert Parry (North American Premiere) Blest pair of sirens – Parry Psalm 117 – Jeffrey Smith


September 30th


Opening:             367  When morning gilds the skies

Missa Brevis      Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina

Offertory:            Superflumina Babylonis    – Palestina

Offertory:            498   Where cross the crowded ways of life

Communion:       418 Blest are the pure in heart

Closing:              310  God moves in a mysterious way



October 7th


Opening             376   Come Down O Love Divine

Missa Ave Jesus –    George Oldroyd

Offertory             Geistliches Lied – Johannes Brahms

Offertory              363   Lord of all hopefulness

Communion        411     O for a Heart to Praise my God

Closing                417   Lord Jesus think on me



October 14th


Opening             301   Immortal, invisible God only wise

Communion Service in E    Harold Darke

Offertory:          O How Amiable – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Offertory            399  Lord, thy word abideth

Communion       195  Father, we thank thee who hast planted

Closing                432 I know not where the road will lead



October 21st


Opening        Be thou my vision    488 hymnal 1982

Mass for Four Voices – William Byrd

Offertory:     Teach me, O Lord the way of they statutes – Byrd

Offertory       By gracious powers   1982 Hymnal #695

Communion  211 Come with us, O blessed Jesus

Closing         All my hope on God is founded 1982 Hymnal; #665



October 28th


Opening       396   The Church’s one foundation

Communion Service in D – Kenneth Leighton

Offertory:     Hear my prayer, O Lord – Henry Purcell

Offertory      418 Blest are the pure in heart

Communion    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy 1982 Hymnal 469

Closing         347 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus


November 4th Sunday within the Octave of all Saints


Opening       126  For all the Saints

Mass in G – Franz Schubert

Offertory:   Justorum Animae – Charles V. Stanford

Offertory       597 Jerusalem the golden

Communion: 585 Jerusalem my happy home

Closing:        583  Sing Alleluia forth in duteous praise



November 11th


Requiem – Gabriel Faure


November 18th


Opening:         Out of the depths I call to you    1982 Hymnal #666

Communion Service in D – Herbert Sumsion

Offertory:        Out of the depths – Alan Hovhaness

Offertory:       522 Lord, Christ, when first thou cam’s to earth

Communion:  521    O God of earth and altar

Closing:           525  O day of God, draws nigh


November 25th


Opening:        352   Crown him with many crowns

Missa Misericordiae Domini – Jean Langlais

Offertory: Dignus est Agnus – Malcolm Willamson

Offertory:  King of Glory King of Peace  1982 Hymnal # 382

Communion:    197 Let all mortal flesh

Closing:             106  The head that once was crowned with thorns



December 2nd  Advent I


Opening:      9    Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding

Mass for Four Voices – Claudio Monteverdi

Offertory:      E’en So Lord Jesus – Paul Manz

Offertory:       1 Come, thou long expected Jesus

Communion:  6   Creator of the Stars of Night   FIRST TUNE

Closing:         5  Lo, he comes with clouds descending


December 9th  Advent II


Opening:     Comfort, comfort ye my people   1982 Hymnal #67

Communion Service in A – Harold Darke

Offertory       Prepare ye the way of the Lord – Michael Wise

Offertory:       Prepare the way, O Zion   1982 Hymnal  #65

Communion  8 O Word, that goest forth on high

Closing:         11 The King shall come when morning dawns


December 16th   Advent III


Opening:     10 On Jordan’s bank

Missa Brevis in C – Wolfgang A. Mozart

Offertory:      Rejoice in the Lord alway – Anon

Offertory:      3   Wake, awake!

Communion 463  O thou who camest from above

Closing:        Rejoice, rejoice believers     1982 Hymnal #68




The Spirit of the Lord – Philip Stopford, Adam lay ybounden – Boris Ord, Lo, How  Rose – Benjamin Boyle, O Oriens – Melissa Dunphy This is the Record of John –  Orlando Gibbons

O Emmanuel –   Eriks Esenvalds



December 23rd Advent IV


Opening         Savior, of the nations come 1982 Hymnal  #54

Missa Dixit Maria   – Hans Leo Hassler

Offertory:       Bogoroditse Djevo – Arvo Pärt

Offertory:       Ye who claim the faith of Jesus   1982 Hymnal  #268

Communion:  Sing we of the blessed Mother   1982 Hymnal   #278

Closing:          2  O Come, O come Emmanuel



Christmas Eve


Prelude:    Noels – Charpentier, D’Aquin

Hymns in Procession:

236   Once in Royal David’s City

12    O Come, all ye faithful

Messe de Minuit     – Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Offertory:           Lux Arumque –   Eric Whitacre

Offertory:          42   Angels we have heard on High

Communion:      A stable lamp is lighted     1982 Hymnal #104

33 Silent Night

Closing:              27  Hark the Herald Angels sing



Christmas Morning

Opening:            28 Angels from the realms of glory

Second Communion Service Mary Magdalene      Healey Willan

Offertory:            God rest you, merry, gentlemen

Communion:       43 Away in a manger

Closing:               21 O Little Town of Bethlehem   SECOND TUNE