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.
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.