While our on-campus activities are on hold and everything is online, the adult choir has begun performing online as the St. Luke’s Virtual Choir. Each choir member records his or her part separately, then our Music Director creates a mashup in which all of the voices are merged. To get the full effect, you’ll need to listen to the choir’s debut performance of Ukuthula (Peace) on Facebook. Look for future performances of the Virtual Choir here and on the St. Luke’s Facebook page.
The adult choir has a deep commitment to music ministry at St. Luke’s. Each August the choir season begins with an all-day retreat and continues with Wednesday evening and Sunday morning (pre-liturgy) rehearsals September through May. During June and July, the choir rehearses on Sunday mornings only and sings in the liturgy. Our choral anthems are drawn from a body of repertoire encompassing many centuries of church music, and include a substantial amount of a cappella singing.
The enhanced acoustical space resulting from the Worship Enhancement Project brings a significant improvement to the effect and overall sound of our choral music. A highlight of each year is a 30-minute offering of choral and instrumental music at the late Christmas Eve service. The choir also participates in Holy Week services and other special liturgical occasions. With our new acoustics in place, we have begun offering the lovely and historic service of Choral Evensong on a regular basis. Our choir is fortunate to have several professional section leaders, as well as two choral librarians who ably manage our growing volume of repertoire. Choir membership is open to adults willing to make at least a yearlong commitment. A knowledge of basic music reading is expected.