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.
 
 

Our New Pipe Organ is Taking Shape!

If you’d like to know more about the 3.000 pipes that will make up our organ you can read more about them HERE!
 

The Parish Choir

This is an adult ensemble made up of four section leaders and five choral scholars. We are joined by a complement of volunteers. Rehearsals are at 7 PM on Wednesday evenings, if you are interested in joining us, please contact Russell Jackson – russellj@stlukes-sa.net, 210-828-6425. 

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

Our 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.
 

SERVICE MUSIC


Oct 14, 2021
He watching over Israel, Felix Mendelssohn
Series: music
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  • Oct 14, 2021He watching over Israel, Felix Mendelssohn
    Oct 14, 2021
    He watching over Israel, Felix Mendelssohn
    Series: music
  • Oct 14, 2021Ubi Caritas, James Syler
    Oct 14, 2021
    Ubi Caritas, James Syler
    Series: music
  • Oct 3, 2021Sing, my soul, his wondrous love
    Oct 3, 2021
    Sing, my soul, his wondrous love
    Series: music
  • Jul 26, 2021Un bel di vedremo (Giacomo Puccini)
    Jul 26, 2021
    Un bel di vedremo (Giacomo Puccini)
    Series: music
  • Jul 26, 2021Hear My Prayer — Moses Hogan Sung by the Moipei Triplets.
    Jul 26, 2021
    Hear My Prayer — Moses Hogan Sung by the Moipei Triplets.
    Series: music
  • Jun 20, 2021Lift Every Voice and Sing
    Jun 20, 2021
    Lift Every Voice and Sing
    Series: music
  • Jun 20, 2021Fugue 2 – Prelude & Fugue in G minor – Dietrich Buxtehude
    Jun 20, 2021
    Fugue 2 – Prelude & Fugue in G minor – Dietrich Buxtehude
    Series: music
  • May 19, 2021Nunc Dimittis – Howells: St. Paul’s
    May 19, 2021
    Nunc Dimittis – Howells: St. Paul’s
    Series: music
  • May 19, 2021Magnificat – Howells: St. Paul’s
    May 19, 2021
    Magnificat – Howells: St. Paul’s
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  • May 13, 2021The Call (R. V. Williams)
    May 13, 2021
    The Call (R. V. Williams)
    Series: music