Music

Music plays a large part in the liturgical life of St. Luke’s. There are hymns and organ music at the weekly 8:00AM Rite I Eucharist; the Choir is present for the 11:00AM Sung Eucharist Rite II; and on the Third Sunday of the month at 4:30PM we sing Choral Evensong. In addition to the regular services the Choir sings for feast days including Advent Lessons & Carols, and is joined by Strings or Brass for Christmas and Easter.

 

The Choir has made several tours in recent years which have included residencies at Gloucester Cathedral (UK) in 2014, the National Cathedral (DC) in 2016, a CD recording of Christmas music in 2017, and another UK residency at Ripon Cathedral in 2019. Future plans include a new recording of Motets for the Liturgical Year in 2022, and a tour of Ireland in 2023.
 
 

The Parish Choir

This is an adult ensemble made up of four section leaders and five choral scholars. Normally we are joined by a complement of volunteers, though the pandemic has recently put the dampers on that due to required distancing. Rehearsals are at 7:00PM on Wednesday evenings and if you are interested in joining us, please contact Russell Jackson – russellj@stlukes-sa.net – or by calling 210-828-6425. Occasionally we feature young singers for special events and you are encouraged to contact Russell is you have a child who loves to sing.

Choral Evensong

The Office of Evensong has its roots in the monastic tradition when monks would sing the liturgical hours throughout the night and day. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer combined the Magnificat from Vespers with the Nunc dimittis from Compline, and this was a foundation stone of the Anglican Choral Tradition. Over the centuries many composers have written specific pieces for these texts along with Choral Responses and the Psalms for the Day. There is a line in the Book of Common Prayer (1662) that reads: In quires and places where they sing, here followeth the anthem. The anthem would be something appropriate to the season and would act as a meditation or inspiration to the listener.

The New Organ

During the summer of 2021 a magnificent new organ is being installed. The previous instrument served well for many years until the church decided to rebuild it and update the action. Following several problems we realized a new instrument was necessary, which includes a number of good ranks from the previous organ. Reuter Organs was commissioned to build a French Romantic organ in the style of Cavaillé-Coll. The design includes slotted principals and Bertouneche shallots, harmonic flutes and an interesting compound stop (Théorbe) in the pedal division in keeping with nineteenth-century French tradition.
 

The Arts Series

St. Luke’s is also relaunching its concert series in light of the new organ and as we emerge from the pandemic. Our first year will strongly feature the organ but we will also be hosting our Artists-in-Residence IlluMen, the Texas Children’s Choir, our own Parish Choir in a performance of Handel’s Messiah, and other exciting events. Please click on the link (below) to view performances/dates.
 

 

Music List

Below is a link to the current Music List which shows the repertoire to be sung throughout the year.
 

Music List 2020-2021

 
 

Live Music by St. Luke’s Choir


Apr 30, 2021
My Eyes for Beauty Pine – Herbert Howells
Series: music
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  • Apr 30, 2021My Eyes for Beauty Pine – Herbert Howells
    Apr 30, 2021
    My Eyes for Beauty Pine – Herbert Howells
    Series: music
  • Apr 30, 2021Jubilate Deo – Benjamin Britten
    Apr 30, 2021
    Jubilate Deo – Benjamin Britten
    Series: music
  • Apr 19, 2021Tantum ergo – Louis Vierne
    Apr 19, 2021
    Tantum ergo – Louis Vierne
    Series: music
  • Apr 19, 2021Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace – S.S. Wesley
    Apr 19, 2021
    Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace – S.S. Wesley
    Series: music
  • Apr 19, 2021If ye then be risen with Christ – C.V. Stanford
    Apr 19, 2021
    If ye then be risen with Christ – C.V. Stanford
    Series: music
  • Mar 24, 2021O Mensch, bewein – J.S. Bach
    Mar 24, 2021
    O Mensch, bewein – J.S. Bach
    Series: music
  • Mar 24, 2021Nunc dimittis – Howells
    Mar 24, 2021
    Nunc dimittis – Howells
    Series: music
  • Mar 24, 2021Lead me, Lord – S.S. Wesley
    Mar 24, 2021
    Lead me, Lord – S.S. Wesley
    Series: music
  • Mar 24, 2021Magnificat (Coll Reg) – Herbert Howells
    Mar 24, 2021
    Magnificat (Coll Reg) – Herbert Howells
    Series: music
  • Mar 24, 2021The Crown of Roses – Pyotr Tchaikovsky
    Mar 24, 2021
    The Crown of Roses – Pyotr Tchaikovsky
    Series: music