Jana Conrad, Soprano .
The Community Music Outreach Program of St. Mary's Episcopal Church was established in 2015 as a core ministry of the congregation. to enrich and serve the community of Utah County by providing a venue in which individuals and groups, and particularly students at Brigham Young University (BYU) and Utah Valley University (UVU), can practice, rehearse, and express their gifts and talents in vocal and instrumental music. This purpose is based in our Baptismal promise to “proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ,” and in our Affirmation to “care about the communities in which we live…” This ministry utilizes the existing resources of St. Mary's Church, in particular the church-building with its moderate scale and superb acoustics, making use of the physical location in downtown Provo, more than adequate parking, and a parish hall in which receptions and lectures may be held.
There is a long and honorable tradition in Anglicanism that the church (as physical entity and as human fellowship) exists to serve the community in which it sits. The practice of using church-buildings for public musical performance (and public lectures and meetings) is one result of that belief. In developing a community music ministry we understand that this is an appropriate expression of Anglican (Episcopal) pastoral care for the community. Also, there is a long and honorable history in Anglicanism of the important role music plays in liturgy and worship. The great body of choral works written for choirs is evidence of this, and especially the tradition of choirs of men and boys. Two specific Anglican musical traditions are Choral Evensong and the seasonal Service of Lessons and Carols at Christmas. Anglican hymnody is used not only for praise but also for the building of community. Music is an essential part of the Anglican spiritual tradition.
The Community Music Outreach Program is envisioned as a ministry of outreach of the congregation of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, a Utah nonprofit corporation and congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah. The ministry is therefore operated under the authority of the Priest-in-Charge and Bishop's Committee of St. Mary's Church, as defined by Utah State law, the General Canons of The Episcopal Church, and the canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah.