Excellence in music and the arts has been a part of Emmanuel's history, because in the Episcopal tradition we believe that beauty and creativity reveal something about the nature of God. Our organ is heard at Sunday Mass during the program year, where the Emmanuel Choir also performs works from all eras, offering an anthem and guiding us in Anglican chant and plainsong, as well as hymns from the 1982 hymnal. They also participate in Holy Week liturgies, Christmas Eve Masses, and our classic 1662 Choral Evensongs.
As a way of encouraging students to consider work in the church and helping them grow as singers, we offer choral scholarships to up to 4 students each academic year; along with singing in the choir, these young artists are given a chance to lead sectionals or warm-ups as ways of building their own professional skills. Special liturgies sometimes also feature professional instrumentalists as well; some works recently performed include the Schubert Mass in G, the Gabriel Faure Cantique de Jean Racine, and the cantata Uns ist ein Kind Geboren attributed to J.S. Bach.