All Nature Sings by Ken Dake
Posted on April 23, 2015 by Ken Dake

All Nature Sings – The Marble Choir at Merkin Concert Hall
8pm, Thursday, April 30, 2015

In our continuing effort to bring Marble’s music ministry to the city beyond our sanctuary walls, The Marble Choir will present a concert at the beautiful Merkin Concert Hall at 129 West 67th Street near Lincoln Center! [Click here for ticket information] Many New Yorkers are hesitant to attend a “church concert” at Marble regardless of the quality of the music or beauty of our sanctuary. However, they are much more likely to venture to one of the city’s esteemed concert venues, be transported by our music, and then hopefully be drawn to the Marble community in the future as a result. I therefore urge you to come show your support for our choir and for Marble’s music ministry by inviting a friend, neighbor and co-worker to attend All Nature Sings with you next Thursday evening. You’ll be giving them a sacred gift, I believe they’ll be inspired by the beauty of what they hear, and your presence will mean a great deal both to me and to the wonderfully dedicated singers in YOUR Marble Choir!

Reflections on Where Peace Begins by Kenneth Dake
Posted on February 17, 2015 by Ken Dake

The Marble Choir
Wednesday, February 25, 8pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

I am proud that we will be taking The Marble Choir to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, February 25! I hope you will share your pride in Marble’s music ministry by joining us that evening and inviting friends. Tickets are available at or at the Carnegie box office at 57th and Seventh Avenue.

Reflections from the Organ Bench by Kenneth Dake
Posted on December 2, 2014 by Ken Dake

Surprised by Joy

This Sunday, December 7 at 2:30pm the Marble Music Ministry presents its biggest event of the season, our annual Advent Concert with The Marble Choir and Festival of Voices, along with chamber orchestra, narration, dance, and exquisite lighting. This year’s theme centers on the journey from shadow to light, from despair to hope, from longing to joy.

Reflections from the Organ Bench - May 16, 2014 by Kenneth Dake, Director of Music
Posted on May 16, 2014 by Ken Dake

Why a Pipe Organ Matters

Those of you who worshipped with us recently on Easter Sunday may remember Dr. Brown mentioning a great dream that is now starting to become reality. God willing, on Easter Sunday, 2015, Marble will celebrate with a magnificent, newly designed and enlarged 95-rank pipe organ built by Glück Pipe Organs under the direction of their founder and master builder, Sebastian Glück. It is our desire to create a glorious instrument that represents the finest artistry in the craft of pipe organ building and will serve as a cornerstone of the Marble Music Ministry for the next century.

This Is Her Story, This Is Her Song by Kenneth Dake, Director of Music
Posted on April 28, 2014 by Ken Dake

What You’ll Hear

This coming Sunday the Marble Choir presents an innovative program of seldom-heard masterpieces by women composers. The concert was originally scheduled as part of a March Women’s History Month celebration, but it is always a good time to recognize the powerfully creative feminine voice in both music and word. True to the choir’s reputation for unparalleled variety, this program runs the emotional gamut, featuring classic works of great drama and emotional power, moments of lighthearted fun, a couple of roof-raising spirituals, and a lot of truly beautiful music throughout!

Reflections from the Organ Bench - April 10, 2014 by Kenneth Dake, Director of Music
Posted on April 10, 2014 by Ken Dake

Triumph and Tragedy: A Musical Journey through Holy Week

Holy Week truly is a journey “through the valley of the shadow of death,” as again we relive Jesus’ final days on earth. Dr. Brown would be quick to remind us, however, that perhaps the most hopeful word in Psalm 23 is the word through. We know that this valley will not be endless, and that waiting for us on the other side is a glorious Easter morning. The ancient story that unfolds this week is neither new nor unfamiliar, but the way in which we experience it can feel new and life-changing. If during this coming week we choose to be fully present with Jesus, Mary, and the disciples in their suffering and grief, embracing the raw emotions of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, then we will experience a far deeper joy, a far greater jubilation when we celebrate His victory over the grave on Easter Sunday. This week’s music can lead us on that deeper journey, probing the recesses of our soul and awakening our spirit to a profound new sense of Jesus’ sacrificial love for us.

Reflections from the Organ Bench by Kenneth Dake
Posted on December 16, 2013 by Ken Dake

We are celebrating the arrival of our new Marble Choir CD: it’s about love!

Sunday, December 8 was an historic day for the Marble Music Ministry, as exampled by the line to buy CDs extending out the doors and down Fifth Avenue following worship! Thanks to all of you who helped make the launch of it’s about love such a resounding success.

Reflections from the Organ Bench by Kenneth Dake
Posted on September 12, 2013 by Ken Dake

What’s in a Doxology?

Upon my arrival 18 years ago I learned that one of the longstanding traditions at Marble was that of concluding worship each Sunday by singing the Doxology. Though this custom is not widespread, I thought it was a powerful way to sum up the experience of the preceding sacred hour and to gear up for re-entry into the world as transformed, recharged lights for Christ. In the fall of 1996 it was decided that our singing of the Doxology should follow the collection of the offering, as it does in many other churches. However, those of you who attended worship last Sunday are aware that we have decided to resume this Marble tradition, likely begun under Dr. Peale, of ending with a Doxology as the summation of our worship and the summoning of our witness just before we “depart to serve.”

What's For Worship May 12, 2013 by Kenneth Dake
Posted on May 10, 2013 by Ken Dake

Music from New York’s Dutch Cathedral

Prelude: Sonata in E-flat, opus 65: Andante by Horatio Parker (1863-1919) We open our worship this week with a piece of music composed a century ago for one of Marble’s sister churches, St. Nicholas Collegiate Church.

What's For Worship May 5, 2013 by Kenneth Dake
Posted on May 2, 2013 by Ken Dake

Whose Faith do We Proclaim?

This Sunday our theme is “Saying My Faith Out Loud,” and as we celebrate our CYF Confirmation Class much of our worship music will center on how we proclaim our faith in both words and deeds.

What's For Worship April 28, 2013 by Kenneth Dake
Posted on April 25, 2013 by Ken Dake

Musical Invitations

Come As You Are

Prelude: Just As I Am, arr. Dale Wood. This Sunday’s worship music centers on the theme of invitation. During the prelude I’ll play a beautiful organ arrangement of what may be the most famous invitational hymn ever written. Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871) was an English poet and hymn writer. She had a severe illness early on in life which left her in great pain and often bedridden for decades. Early on, she often became frustrated with her disability, and felt abandoned by God.

The Song Within- Spring Choral Festival May 1, 2013 by Kenneth Dake
Posted on April 25, 2013 by Ken Dake

Please join us for our gala Spring Choral Concert: The Song Within - May 1 at 7:30pm featuring the Marble Sanctuary Choir and Festival of Voices! Continuing a tradition of choral excellence and unparalleled variety, these two Marble choirs will present an eclectic array of sacred and secular music, all of it spiritual, beautiful and emotionally powerful. The concert will have everything from rollicking African-American Spirituals to quiet moments of pure transcendence.

What's For Worship April 21 2013 by Kenneth Dake
Posted on April 17, 2013 by Ken Dake

Rocky Roads to Freedom

Fifty years ago this week, as this oblivious 2-year-old was busily enjoying the privileged life of white, middle-class suburban Chicago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sat in solitary confinement in a Birmingham jail writing one of the greatest letters in American history.