Music Ministry

Enjoy listening to the recordings of the Sanctuary Choir and Chamber Choir by clicking on the Overview on the left side of this page or by opening their video here.

July 14, 2019

Rev. Bruce Clark was our guest organist this morning along with Eileen Kosasih on violin and piano. Bruce also played the grand piano with enthusiasm as he accompanied the congregation in "One More Step along the World I Go" and "This is the Day." Kerry Duncan McCartney, member of the Sanctuary Choir and soloist, led us in our singing.

July 7, 2019

Mike Grammer, Torontonian and friend of ACTS Monday Night Book Study, was our guest musician on Sunday. His selection for Reflection was a piece that he had written to commemorate the death of a close friend and he and Brent performed "Romance" from "Duet Suite" by Denis Bedard with organ and piano as their Offertory selection. 

June 30, 2019

Our guest musicians for "Summer at St. David's" this morning were Reinhard Sunnus on flute and Miranda Johns on oboe along with Brent's accompaniement on the harpsichord. Their selections came from Telemann's Sonata in D Minor. The Postlude was Prelude in G Major (Bach).

June 23, 2019

Special guests this morning were Feckla Spaulding, Wendy Rae, Mackenzie Fraser and Sarah McCune. Their musical offerings this morning as a Recorder Ensemble provided a Prelude with music by G.F. Handel, J. Van Eyck and two English Folk Songs. Following the readingsm their "Music for Reflection" was a J.S. Bach tune, "Sheep May Safely Graze" and their offertory was from Xerxes - "Largo" by G.F. Handel. The congregation remained seated during their Postlude which was "Allegro" from Hungarian Dances by Bela Bartók. 

June 16, 2019

Dorothy Walker and Vern Luchinski offered their talents in song this morning as the sounds of their guitars along with Dorothy's vocals presented some of Dorothy's own works. 

June 9, 2019

The Chamber Choir offered their ministry of song this morning. Their anthem was O How Amiable (Daley) and their Offertory, O Quam Gloriusum (T. Luis de Victoria). 

June 2, 2019

The Sanctuary Choir, with soloist Betsy Woolner, "lifted the rafters" this morning with their version of If We Ever Needed the Lord Before (Stan Pethel) and a favourite, Operator, (Spivery/Shaw). Special guest musician was Jim Brenan on saxophone.

The concert was amazing. At 7:30, pianist and conductor extraordinaire, Stephen and Brent, entered the sanctuary for an incredible concert. Our very own Stephen Ross, (he practised in the sanctuary while attending U of C) demonstrated his talent as he performed the Bach Italian Concerto and the Frank Prelude, Choral and Fugue. After a short intermission, a twenty-three member orchestra along with Stephen on the piano and Brent conducting performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. What a performance!!

Congratulations to all of you. And... thank you to the donors of all the yummy treats you shared with us at the reception following.  

May 26, 2019

Our Angel Voices with soloist Sandra Follett offered their ministry in song this morning with anthem and offertory carrying through the theme of community. This is the Day (K. Christopher) and "Goin' to the Holy City" along with hymns, Come, Let us Sing, Let us Build a House and The Church is Wherever (text: Rev. Peggy) along with our Edelweiss Grace were integral to the service reflection, Musings on Community Life. 

Next Sunday evening, June 2, plan to join us at the Stephen Ross in Concert with orchestra and piano at 7:30 p.m.

May 19, 2019

With the rhythmic sounds from the Sanctuary Choir and then the sounds from the organ prelude Berceuse & Pastorale (Alexandre Guilmant), we were welcomed to worship.  

May 12, 2019

Brent and Alison teamed up to lead the congregation through both new and familiar songs, Sunday morning, during the Christian Family Service. 

This week, choirs will be practising as usual with the "Orchestra Rehearsal" Sunday evening being a hightlight. They are practising for the upcoming Stephen Ross Beethoven Concert on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at St. David's. They will be performing the Piano Concerto No. 3 in C. Minor - Op. 37. 

May 5, 2019

Music Ministry this morning reinforced the focus on transformation with the congregational singing of  "As Comes the Breath of Spring" (#373 VU), "In the Bulb, there is a flower" (#703 VU) and, to the tune of VU #333, "Song of the Centre" words by Marty Haugen. The Anthem sung by the Sanctuary Choir, directed by Brent and accompanied by Garrett Krause, was "Amen and Amen" (Dennis & Nan Allen) and the Offertory "O Church, Arise (arr. Russell Mauldin). 

April 28, 2019

Those of us who arrived early Sunday morning were able to listen to the sounds of our Angel Voices prior to service. Guest Organist Bruce Clark played the prelude: "Festival Piece on 'Nicaea'" (John B. Dykes). The Angel Voices were seated in a crescent formation at the front of the main sanctuary floor.  Brent Tucker, Colleen Charter (accompaniest) and the Angel Voices' ministry of song included the Introit Adoramus Te, Christe (Orlando di Lasso), Anthem My Land (arr. Roger Emerson) and Offertory, Will the Circle Be Unbroken (arr. J.David Moore).  Debbie Stockdale, presider, credited Brent for suggesting the theme of the service -  "To live with respect of creation" as the choir sang "My Land" as their anthem. 

April 21, 2019

The Orchestra welcomed us into worship Easter Sunday as they performed the first three movements of Organ Concerto in B flat Major (G.F.Handel). Eileen Kosasih-violin I, Louise Stuppard-violin II, Rachel Kratofil-viola, Jenny Crane & Diane Bates Christmas-cello, Adam Pettigrew-double bass, Reinhard Sunnus-flute, Miranda Johns-oboe, Wendy Morrell-bassoon, Pam Breuer & Anthony Edmunds-trumpet, Nick Sterner-Timpani and Garrett Krause-harpsichord gave us an opportunity to listen and reflect on the specialness of the day. 

Following their prelude, Christy, Kerry and Alison performed for the second time their rendition of Calvary's Love (arr. by Tom Fettke). The orchestra later offered musical support to the singing of Handel's Messiah during which the congregation was invited to join. Truly, this was an "amazing Chorus of Celebration."  

April 19, 2019

Our Combined Choirs offered their ministry in song, Friday morning, from the balcony. Singing without accompaniement, the choir sang Were You There, as an anthem and led the congregation singing selected verses as Rev. Peggy and Alison led us through the Stages of the Cross in word and image. As the service drew to a close, Christy Brekke, Alison Demeter and Kerry Duncan McCartney sang Calvary's Love. 

April 14, 2019

Guest harpist, Olivia Ritchey, shared her talent with us Sunday morning during meditation time at the onset of the service and later, joined with Brent on piano during components of this very meaningful Palm Sunday service. The Chamber Choir, directed this morning by Garrett Krause, offered A Palm Sunday Antiphon (David C. Morgan) as an Introit and during the Offertory sang "Sanctus" from "Requiem" (Gabriel Faure). The Closing Scene anthem was All in the April Evening (Hugh Roberton & Katharine Tynan). 

We remained seated as Brent performed Fantasia in C Minor (J.S. Bach) during his Postlude so coffee time in the T.M. room had to wait. 

April 7, 2019

Our Sanctuary Choir offered their ministry of music with enthusiasm this morning as they sang Shines the Light (Lee & Susan Naus Dengler) as their anthem. Brent directed the choir while Garrett Krause accompanied on piano. Their offertory selection was an invitation to Communion, Come, Share this Feast of Love (Mary Kay Beall & Lloyd Larson). During the Reflection, a song by Libby Roderick, How Could Anyone, captured the theme of the service. 

How Could Anyone

How could anyone ever tell you You were anything less than beautiful? How could anyone ever tell you you were less than whole? How could anyone fail to notice that your loving is a miracle. How deeply you're connected to my soul...

March 31, 2019

Guest Musicians, Jamie Ching (clarinet) and Cindy Zwang (piano), lead the ministry of music this morning along with Brent. This being the fifth Sunday of the month, the choir members in attendance joined their voices among the congregation. 

March 24, 2019

The Angel Voices offered their music ministry Sunday morning as they joined the congregation in the circle of Lent. Their anthem was Come unto Christ (Sally DeFord) and during the Offertory they encircled the Lenten Candles and offered Dona Nobis Pacem (W.A. Mozart). Their beautiful voices filled the sanctuary as they sang a song very familiar to us. (Translation: Grant us peace.)

Prelude and Postlude was offered by Rev. Bruce Clark: Choral Prelude on 'Come unto me (J.G.Walther), Thou Shalt Bring Them In (G.f. Handel arr. Diane Bish) and Toccata Prima (Georg Muffat). 

March 17, 2019

Singing in one of the quadrants of the worship circle really gives us an appreciation of the ministry provided by our choirs. This morning, the Sanctuary Choir chose as their anthem, "Be Not Afraid" (Craig Courtney) and "Bow the Knee" (Arr. Tom Fettke) as their offertory. Garrett was on the piano with Brent directing. Rev. Peggy's words to Hymn #2, VU, were especially written to fit with the title of the reflection, "Affirming being Affirming." (See the Worship Folder March 17, 2019 on Ministry/Worship.)

March 10, 2019

Music Ministry was busy today with morning and evening services. During the Worship Service this morning, the Chamber Choir's anthem was  Almighty and Everlasting God (Orlando Gibbons). Their Offertory was Asperges Me  (Cristobal De Morales) and their Communion Music was O Sacred Feast  (Healy Willan). The Lenten Evening Compline Service had the Chamber Choir singing from the balcony. The Pre-service Concert featured Chellan Hoffman, Music Director of Knox United Church, on the organ. The intimate arrangement of the sanctuary and the candle light is always a feature of the service.     

March 3, 2019

From the prelude, "Reverie" and "Offertoire in B Flat Major" (Alexandre Guilmant), through the hymns selected; "God of the Sparrow", "Take Time to be Holy" and "Go Make A Difference", the anthem; "Be Strong in the Lord" (Johnson & Felke), the offertory; "The Smallest Things" (Wright & Clemens) and the Postlude: "Scherzo Symphonique" (Guilmant), this wonderful ministry of song was woven into Debbie Stockdale's reflection entitled "Holy Mystery on the Mountain Top." Garrett on the piano and Brent's organ and piano virtuousity added so much to the worship service because of the joy to be witnessed in their performances. Bravo!!!

February 24, 2019

Sharing their musical talent, the Angel Voices sang their anthem, "How can I keep from Singing?" (arr. Fjelsted) within Rev. Peggy's reflection, "The Enchanted Heart." Their Offertory, "Nothin'Gonna Stumble My Feet" (Parker & Greg Gilpin) received the immediate appreciation of the congregation as they were caught up in the music. Members of this choir will be taking part in the Lenten Evening Compline Service on Sunday, March 10, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. with Chellan Hoffman on the organ. 

Prior to the service, Jamie Ching (clarinet) and Cindy Zhang (piano) played "Sonata for Clarinet and Piano" (Bernstein) and Brent's Postlude was "Alla Marcia." (Coleman)

February 17, 2019

We do love to sing at St. David's and this morning as we sang our final hymn, "How Great Thou Art," gave ample proof of that. The Sanctuary Choir, accompanied by Garrett Kruase and directed by Brent sang, "Immortal Love, Forever Full" (Eugene Butler) and "You are the Branches." (Michael Jothen) Brent's postlude, "Improvisation," really showed off the depth of the organ. Bravo!

February 10, 2019

The Chamber Choir, singing without accompaniement, offered meditative music this morning: "Mass for Four Voices - Kyrie" (William Byrd) and "Sanctus and Benedictus." Their beautiful blend of voices complemented the hymns: "Come, Let us Sing," "Gentle Spirit, Calming Presence" (words by Rev. Peggy) and "Sent Forth by God's Blessings." 

February 3, 2019

We have such a dedicated host of singers at St. David's. With the temperature reaching low lows, the Sanctuary Choir raised their voices in song with, "If the Savior Stood Beside Me." Sally DeFord composes and arranges many of the songs selected for Anthem and Offertory and her music is always well received. Their Offertory presentation was "Lift Him Up" (Reba Rambo Gerner/arr. Paul Ferrin.) Rumor has it that the clapping following their song may have started in the balcony. Brent really "worked the pipes" in his Postlude, which made us forget the cold outside. 

January 27, 2019

It was all we could do not to clap Sunday morning in response to "Down in the River to Pray," (arr. Cheryl Lynn Helm) as sung by the Angel Voices with Jo Galinis-Ursel, soloist. The selections this morning performed by the Angel Voices with Colleen Charter on piano and Brent directing were both chosen, along with the hymn selections, to reflect upon Baptism. Their anthem was "I Come to Him" (Sally DeFord). Their ministry of song is so appreciated. 

January 20, 2019

Sunday morning, the Sanctuary Choir's anthem, "Let us Come" (Karen Marrolli), carried forward the theme of "Love" as the essence of the Christian faith. Special guest musician was oboeist, Miranda Johns, and, of course, Garrett Krause was on the piano with Brent, directing. 

January 13, 2019

The Chamber Choir's ministry of song this morning featured "O Come, Ye Servants" (Christopher Tye) and "Cantate Domino" (G. Pitoni, under the direction of Brent Tucker. Hymns chosen included a verse of "Praise the God' of Joy's Creation" with text written by Rev. Peggy:

Praise the God of joy's creation, Fount of wisdom, love and peace; joy that lifts the human spirit, joy so deep it shall not cease. Celebrate the joy of living, giving hearts a glad release.

January 6, 2019

Our Sanctuary Choir assisted Deb Stockdale this morning with their ministry of song. Focussing on the theme of Following the Light, they sang "Guiding Star" (Chris Inglis) and "Walk in Light" (Karen Marrolli). Garrett Krause was on the keyboard with Brent directing. 


MUSIC MINISTRY AT SDUC: There are a number of different choral groups associated with St. David's, each having their own focus and purpose.  Please contact Brent Tucker at 403-284-2276 Ex 106 or [email protected] if you are interested in sharing your musical talents in any of our ensembles.

Our different choral groups include: