On Saturday, May 4, 2019, more than 30 singers representing congregations from four dioceses gathered for a choral festival and Evensong at St. Paul's, Englewood.
David Pulliam, Director of Music at St Luke's, Darien, CT led the festival, accompanied by Will Roslak, Associate Musician at St. Luke's.
The choir sang the Evening Canticles in D by George Dyson, Preces and Responses by Craig Philips, and Herbert Howells' O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.
Choirs represented at the festival were:
- From the Diocese of Newark, St. Paul's, Englewood (Mark Trautman, Director of Music) and St. Paul's and Incarnation, Jersey City (Gail Blache-Gill, Director of Music);
- From the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, St. Luke's, Darien (David Pulliam, Director of Music) and Trinity Church, Hartford (Jackson Merrill, Director of Music);
- From the Diocese of New Jersey, Trinity, Asbury Park (Samantha Scheff, Director of Music) and St. John's, Somerville (Jeff Clearman, Director of Music);
- From the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield (Robert Hansler, Director of Music).
An offering was taken to support a scholarship for the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Rhode Island Course in memory of Gordon Appleton, who led a similar festival for many years at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City.