Make a Joyful Noise
Unto the Lord
Thanks to all who attended St. Luke's hosting of "A Choral Hymn Festival" on Saturday, January 26, to further commemorate the 150th anniversary of our church! The Festival featured St. Luke's own choir, as well as choirs from: Calvary Presbyterian Church, The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Fo Guang Shan Bao Buddhist Temple and Old First Presbyterian Church. A reception followed in Dade Hall. A BIG THANKS to all the singers, players and volunteers that made this event a truly joyful experience for all in attendance.
Lenten Activities Involving Music:
Sunday - April 14 - Palm Sunday - Holy Eucharist and the 8 and 10 a.m. services. The 10 a.m. service will feature St. Luke's choir and a procession with handbells
Thursday - April 18 - Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 p.m. This service will feature two choirs and will be a joint service at St. Luke's with our friends from Old First Presbyterian Church
Friday - April 19 - Good Friday Services: Stations of the Cross at noon with choir quintet and organ; Good Friday Evening Service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke's with choir and organ (no communion today)
Sunday - April 21 - Easter Day - 8 and 10 a.m. Services are held today. The 10 a.m. service will be Rite II and include: the Festival Choir, organ, brass quintet & timpani. This service is followed by a festive brunch, including Bunny photo booth. Join Us!
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 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. A youth choir is often assembled for holidays and special occasions.
Guest instrumentalists, choirs and vocalists 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.
If you would like to join the choir or have any questions regarding our music program, please contact the Music Director, Steve Repasky at 415-673-7327 or email@example.com .
A reminder to those interested: Choir Practice is Held Weekly on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Enjoy Watson's participation in a Lessons & Carols Christmas rehearsal: Click Here.
For a video clip from a Lessons & Carols Service: Click Here.
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.
Thanks to Music Director, Steve Repasky, our historic pipe organ continues to attract both national and world-wide attention. We've hosted two American Guild of Organists (San Francisco Chapter) events - a recital and a student competition, and often host visiting organists who love to study and play this marvelous instrument. For a taste of how our OPUS #1350 sounds Click Here.
We Welcome You to Participate,
Come, Hear & Enjoy!