Music at St. Mary’s
The Adult Choir enhances worship at St. Mary’s. Led by organist and choir master Bill Elliott, choir sings a variety of classical literature that complements the liturgy. The choir performs music in four parts, featuring seasoned choir members as well as the voices of Florida Gulf Coast University students.
The chancel is home to three superb instruments. The Gober tracker pipe organ, built in 2008, was originally constructed to be a house organ. This organ was installed at St. Mary’s in 2021. The Yamaha 7’ grand piano is used weekly for performance and rehearsal. Finally, the Phillip Bay Flemish single manual harpsichord was built in 2018 and was recently installed at St. Mary’s.
New Choir Members Welcome!
Singers interested in joining the St. Mary’s Choir are encouraged to contact Bill Elliott. He can be reached by calling the church office at (239) 992-4343, or by emailing him at [email protected].
Our Organist and Choir Master
Bill Elliott joined the St. Mary’s parish staff in 2021. Bill hails from Louisville, Kentucky, where as a boy he attended Christ Church Cathedral. He earned a BA from Union College, Kentucky, in church music and organ performance and an MM in organ performance with concentrations in vocal pedagogy and music theory from the University of Kentucky at Lexington. Additional training includes earning a diploma from the Academy for Organists in Haarlem, the Netherlands and the Archbishop’s diploma from the Royal School of Church Music in Croydon, England. He spent a year in Paris, studying with Andre Marchal and serving as the assistant organist at the American Episcopal Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. He returned to the United States to join the music faculty at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan and to be the organist and choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the former cathedral of the diocese. Before coming to St. Mary’s, Bill led the music program at Church of the Epiphany in Cape Coral.