Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord
Choral music is a defining ministry and gift at St. Luke’s Church. Our worship is not only enhanced by our beautiful sanctuary, but by our world-renown pipe organ, choirs and four professional section leaders. The adult choir sings each week at our 10 a.m. service, as well as for special services such as Christmas Lessons & Carols, memorial services and high holy days.
Instrumentalists regularly join in our worship (especially for Easter!), and all are supported by the wonderful sounds of our historic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. Whether you are an enthusiastic listener, a robust hymn singer, or a lover of instrumental and choral music, our hope is that you will celebrate God in a new way through what you hear, see and experience each week with us.
St. Luke’s resurrected its Youth Choir in the fall of 2015 to tremendous fanfare. It is our hope that an interest remains with parents to continue the choir now that its director, The Rev. Devin Rodgers has been ordained and called to a new parish.
If you would like to join the choir or have any questions regarding our music program, please contact the Music Director, Steve Repasky. Music Office: 415-673-9971 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Organ: The Opus #1350
Our magnificent pipe organ, one of the best on the West Coast, was built by the famed Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company is one of the keystones of great music at St. Luke's. Aeolian-Skinner was the leader of the "American Classic" movement in organ design that commanded the pipe organ world from the 1930s to the 1970s. Boston’s Symphony Hall, New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Mormon Tabernacle also enjoy these great organs.
St. Luke’s first contracted with the Aeolin-Skinner Company in 1958 and the organ installation was completed in 1960. Our organ is one of their earlier designs, model Opus #1350, and was said to have been a personal favorite of Aeoline-Skinner President, Joseph Whiteford.
The organ has three manuals, five divisions, 60 ranks and slightly more than 3,400 pipes. Additions to the original 1958 design came in two periods. In 1976 a striking set of Trompette-en-Chamade pipes was added and can be seen along the rear interior west wall. Also added was a Zimbelstern and a tremolo to lend a romantic quality to the flute pipes of two of the divisions. In the 1990s a solid state action added 32 levels of combination piston memory, some of the pipes were revoiced, and the casework was redone to create the beautiful façade of the main organ on the south wall.
The organ's 3,400 pipes result in a "cathedral sound" rarely equaled in any church on the West Coast. In addition, the spectacular acoustics of the church's French Gothic building design enhance the music. We welcome you to come, hear and enjoy!