Music and Choirs
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Wednesday evening music
In October, enjoy these concerts Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.: 
Oct 7
Quarantina concerts

This part of our varied music ministry provides a unique mixture of historically informed instrumental and sacred choral music performed live at St. Boniface Church, to be viewed from the comfort and safety of your home. 

It is our hope that these livestream performances can bring joy and peace to those in our community who are staying home during this time. We also hope to provide a stage, voice and audience for those members of our Sarasota music community who are not able to reach you in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tune in on Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm here on our website, on or on our Facebook page!

These programs are brought to you by the Boniface Friends of Music.  Please consider a donation to help us continue this concert series. Any gift you can make goes a long way; a $200 donation will sponsor an entire Wednesday night concert (or consider $100 as co-sponsor), and will receive a live thank you.

Enjoy these past concerts:

Sarasota Piano Trio

David Kesler, tenor

Ricardo Rivera, baritone and George Hemcher, piano

Violinist Jesse Munoz

Clarinetist Laura Petty

Members of our Siesta Youth Chorale

Pianist Lise Frank

SopranoThea Lobo and Sam Nelson piano/organ

Soprano Dominique Cecchetti and pianist Jesse Martins

Soprano Rebecca Stracener and organist James Guyer

Organist Ann Moe and trumpeter Anthony Limoncelli

Guitarist Zachary Johnson

Cellist Natalie Helm

Organist Richard Benedum

Tenor Rafael Davila and Dr. Joseph Holt, piano

Flutist Jen Weinstein

Violinist Mia Laity

Pianist Dr. Joe Holt

Booker High School violinists Larah Pereira, Mariah Sanchez, Koraima Garza

Violist Daniel Urbanowicz

Organist Dr. James Guyer

Cellist Troy Chang

Organist Sam Nelson and St. Boniface Quarantina Choir


Evensong and recitals
Noah Hardaway, piano
Ben Henderson, organ
James Guyer, organ
Mary Mozelle, organ
Booker High School Trio, violin


Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Easter Sunday choir

Easter Sunday choir

our next concert event:

Nosferatu promo

St. Boniface Friends of Music is pleased to present the first event of our 2020-2021 Music Series featuring Dr. John Schwandt performing an accompaniment to the 1922 classic silent film, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, which is an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula. Dr. Schwandt will offer an introduction both to the film and the art of accompanying silent movies as he comes to us from the 1926 Palace Theatre in Canton, OH. He presents his accompaniment on a 1926 Kilgen Theatre Organ, allowing us to "virtually" travel back in time to the "Golden Age" of American theaters and the roaring 1920s. Tune in this Sunday at 7:30 pm using this video link. An in-person audience will gather (safely) to watch this streamed show in the Community Center. Reservations are required as seating is limited.  Click here to sign-up.

Our Parish and Handbell Choirs

St. Boniface Church is committed to excellence in music and liturgy!

The St. Boniface Parish Choir, well known throughout Sarasota, has been the focal point of our excellent music and liturgy for several decades. Our choir, made up largely of volunteers, is led by our Organist/Choirmaster, James Guyer, and supported by lead singers for each section of voices. In addition to the primary Sunday liturgy, they also sing several concerts and prepare major music for Christmas and Easter. Currently rehearsals are on Sunday mornings at 8:56 a.m.

The St. Boniface Handbell Choir plays five octaves of Schulmerich handbells and three octaves of Malmark chimes.  The Handbell Choir presents special music on occasion for the 10 a.m. service and other events.  New members are welcome!  



handbell choir

the St. Boniface Organ

organ shot

This instrument leads us all during worship and draws the community at large into our church through our concerts and recitals. The organ’s tonal design was inspired by both the instruments of Bach’s time and the great cathedral instruments built in 19th century France. The instrument also incorporates sounds useful for anthem accompaniment in the English-American Episcopal tradition, and ethereal effects suitable for the quieter portions of the service. This eclectic approach has served our music program well, leading the congregation in hymns, supporting the choir and providing a thorough palette of color to serve the organ literature.  Read more...