“A church or a school without a choir is like a body without a soul.” –John Rutter
The choirs of St. Luke’s are indeed the “soul” of the church’s music ministry, enlivening worship through song. Every Sunday, the Parish Choir, for adults and teenagers, provides music for all 10 o'clock services from September through mid-June, singing music for soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices from all musical eras from medieval times through the present day. Highlights from the 2017-18 season include performances of selections from Fauré’s Requiem and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F, K. 192, as well as works by J.S. Bach, John Rutter, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Felix Mendelssohn, Moses Hogan, and a wide variety of contemporary composers.
The children’s choir, which rehearses weekly after the 10 o’clock service, performs two musicals a year and provides additional music approximately once a month throughout the church year. During the last two years, the children’s choir has presented traditional Christmas pageants––complete with costumes, carols, and participation from Sunday school kids of all ages––as well as spring musicals. In 2017, inspired by several songs of Kathie Hill, choir director Kate Weber-Petrova wrote a new script called Fishers of Men: The Musical to be performed with several of Hill’s songs. Fishers of Men encourages children to engage with biblical stories, embrace evangelism, and contemplate God’s presence in the ordinary moments of life. It incorporates several of Hill’s most spirited songs from Fish Tales such as “Love is the Bait” and “Cast the Nets,” the latter of which offers a wildly entertaining opportunity for the girl choristers to don flamenco dresses and castanets for a Spanish-tinged performance and witty play on words. Highlights from the production are included in the video below.
Both choirs are under the direction of Kate Weber-Petrova, organist and choirmaster, who also plays "Cecilia," St. Luke’s magnificent Visser pipe organ. In addition to our vocal ensembles, St. Luke’s has a hand-bell choir led by Debbie Stephens that meets weekly and performs on special occasions throughout the church year.
SATB ADULT CHOIR PRACTICES ON WEDNESDAYS AT 8 P.M. (Sept - June)
CHILDREN'S CHOIR REHEARSALS ARE ON SUNDAYS AT 11:30 A.M. (SEPT - MAY)