Music Ministry Archive

December 30, 2018

Alison, with her guitar, led music ministry this morning. Carols, by choice and request, were joyfully sung by the gathered St. Davidians. 

December 23, 2018

The chancel with its beautiful pointsettas was the backdrop for a service of lessons and carols. The choir’s anthem this morning was “Mary Sang a Lullaby” and their offertory was “Ave Verum Corpus.”

December 16, 2018

The Evening Compline Service on Sunday evening was a refreshing oasis in the busyness of the Christmas season. With the sanctuary bathed in candlelight and the Chamber Choir voices wafting down from the balcony, those of us in attendance were privileged to share in this Christmas service. Rev. Peggy presided and Brent was directing. Favourite hymns were sung without accompaniement. This was a very special Christmas gift of ministry from Music Ministry.

December 9, 2018

This morning the Chamber Choir offered their ministry of song with their Introit, Matin Responsory (G.P. da Palestrina), their Anthem was The Best of Rooms (R. Thompson) and their Offertory, Ava Maria (A. Bruckner). All selections were sung acapella. The Postlude featured Eric Nyland on the piano playing Allegro Con Brio from Sonata in C Major, op. 53. (L.V. Beethoven).

December 2, 2018

The church was all decked out for Christmas when we arrived this morning. The decorators met yesterday at 11:30 to work and share pizza.

The Sanctuary Choir offered their ministry of song, their anthem being "A Time for Advent" (S. Harris) and their offertory was "Peace in the Valley" (Dorsey/Shackley). Sunday evening, our choir joined with three other choirs for a "Lessons and Carols" evening at Holy Cross Anglican church. If you missed that event, the good news is that there will be a "Lessons and Carols' evening at St. David's on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. 

November 25, 2018

The Angel Voices, with Colleen C. on the piano and Brent directing, lifted their voices in song with "Make Me An Instrument" (St. Francis of Assisi/arr. C. Courtney) as an anthem and "Cantate Domino" (J. Klimek) as their offertory. 

December will be a highlighted month for the choirs of St. David's and there is a calling out to all singers: Anyone who is interested in joining the CHoir for the 8 pm Christmas Eve service to speak with Brent. "Come raise your voice in praise." 

November 18, 2018

The Sanctuary Choir provided their ministry of song this morning with their anthem, "Everyday Miracles" (Burdette and Butler Douglas) with the congregation joining in for the final chorus. Peggy Kalancha added her flute along with Garrett Krause on piano while Brent directed. Their offertory selection of "Siyahamba" - a traditional African Song was well received -- lots of clapping in time to the music. 

We particularly enjoyed little Jonah who sat on his grandpa's lap during Faith Chat time. See the attached picture.

Choirs are busily practising for the Christmas season. You are invited to come to the Advent Evening Compline service at 7: p.m. on December 16 with an organ recital by Winnifred Hume from 7:00 - 7:30. The Sanctuary will be bathed in candle light and the voices of singers will come from the balcony. 

November 11, 2018

Special guests this morning were "The Perfectly Imperfects," a Confederation Seniors Choral Group directed by Alison Demeter and accompanied by Doug Baker. Using words and songs, the service told the story of "In Flander's Fields" and of its composer, Dr. John McCrae. 

November 4, 2018

The Sanctuary Choir, accompanied by Garrett and directed by Brent, offered At the Table of the Lord (J.M. Martin & D. Angerman) and We Give Thanks, O Lord (J. Althouse). Following the service we were privileged to hear pianist Carlo Santos. Carlo Santos started his musical studies on the organ at the age of six. Starting piano lessons at the age of 12, he completed Grade 10 from the RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) of To-ronto with First Class Honours within 5 years, studying with Allen Reiser in Calgary. After a four-year hiatus to complete his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Cal-gary, he resumed studying with Allen Reiser and completed the Associate Exam (ARCT) in Piano Performance from the RCM with First Class Honours in 2015. As an active performer, Carlo has performed in solo recitals across Alberta and has won scholarships and awards at lo-cal festivals and competitions in Calgary. He has adjudicated in festivals across Alberta, and his students have been recommended to provincial competitions. His current project in music is the Licentiate of Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. He currently teaches piano, rudiments and history lessons privately in his Calgary studio.


October 28, 2018

The Angel Voices shared their ministry of song with us with Then Sings my Soul - How Great Thou Art (S.K. Hine/Arranged by M. McDonald) and Total Praise (Smallwood & Rao-arranger). A familiar musician, Bruce Clark, offered Fanfare by J.J. Lemmens on the organ as a Postlude. 

October 21, 2018

This morning our music ministry featured the Sanctuary Choir with Reinhard Sunnus playing the flute. Garrett was our accompaniest as the choir sang Autumn Carol (R.Schulz-Widnar) and God Is! (B. Stratton and M. Barrett). 

On Saturday, October 20, the St. David's Orchestra practised while folks were invited to come in and sit down to a preview of the music being presented at the Concerto Extravaganza Friday night at 8 p.m. See you there. 

October 14, 2018

The Chamber Choir, with soloist Betsy Woolner accompanied by Garrett and directed by Brent offered their ministry in song with Come, Let's Rejoice (J. Amner), Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree (E. Poston), Sicut Cervus (G.P. Palestrina) and Belfast Blessing (P.W-J Stopford). Meanwhile we are invited to attend a rehearsal of the orchestra on Saturday October 20, 2018 for the upcoming Concerto Extraganza (Friday night, October 26, 2018). The rehearsal begins at 9 a.m.  

October 7, 2018

The Sanctuary Choir offered their gift of song this morning, led by Brent with Garrett on the piano. The theme was Thanksgiving - specifically gratitude. Their anthem was "All Thanks and Praise" (M. Patterson) and their offertory was "I Thank You Lord"   (J.M. Martin). 


THE EVENING OF COMPLINE: MARCH 19, 2017, has finished the season in fine form as the Chamber Choir presented their anthem, "Miserere- Psalm 51 (vs. 11-19).   Rev. Kelley Warner led the Service. The "Prayers at the End of the Day" will recommence in the fall. 

February 19's Evening Compline Service was preceded by a performance by Perfect Cadence Wind Ensemble featuring Aura Pon (Oboe), Ilana Dahl (Clarinet), Jonathan Gresi (Bassoon) and Daryl Caswell (Horn). Cantor last night was Ruth Cross with the Chamber Quartet and the service was lead by Wayne Holst. Such an amazingly peaceful way to close out a very busy week!!!

January 15 Evening Compline service featured a pre-service recital with Brittany Rae. As usual, the church sanctuary was lit only by candle light and Debbie Stockdale presided while the Men's Chorus offered their ministry to the evening. 

On Sunday evening, December 18, the pre-service recital featured the sounds of trombone and piano as Carsten Rubeling and Brent Tucker welcomed the congregation to the Service of Compline. Rev. Kelley Warner officiated and the cantor was Betsy Woolner. The arrangement of the Lord's Prayer as sung by the combination of the chamber choir and angel voices was especially incredible. 

November 20, 2016: In a sanctuary setting lit by candles with the chamber choir singing from the balcony, the Service of Compline was a wonderful, contemplative worship led by Rev. Dr. Bruce Clark. Jim Picken offered pre-service organ music by J.S. Bach and C. Franck. The Cantor was Reinhard Sunnus. Enjoy a youtube featuring the Chamber choir singing "How Calmly the Evening." 

 The Angel Voices lend their talent to the third Sunday evening service every month from October to March. The "Compline" is the final church service or Office of the day in the Christian tradition of canonical hours. The English word, Compline" is derived from the Latin, completorium, as Complice is the completion of the working day. Compline tends to be a contemplative Office that emphasizes spiritual peace. 

On October 16, Brent added a pre-service recital on the Organ, playing pieces by Willan, Gherardeschi, Dubois and Mendelssohn. The sanctuary was lit by candles flickering in the darkness with the cantor and choir voices originating in the balcony. Readings were from Philippians 4:6, Colossians 3:15-17 and from Joyce Rupp's book, "Gratitude." 

The Service of Compline was held Sunday, November 20th at 7:30 with the pre-service recital featuring Jim Picken on the organ beginning at 7:10.