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Music

AT VARIOUS SERVICES AND VARIOUS LITURGICAL SEASONS, WE DRAW UPON:

  • Traditional Anglican hymns
  • Gregorian chant
  • Shape-Note/Southern Harmony
  • Supplemental Episcopal hymnals such as Wonder, Love and Praise; Voices Found; and Lift Every Voice and Sing II.
  • Original compositions by Calvary's music directors, past and present

See the anthem schedule for choral music for the corresponding worship services.

CHOIRS

Calvary's choirs lead worship every Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 (10:00 in summer) as well as at special services throughout the year. The parish choirs also present larger choral works and host organ and instrumental recitals at the church.

Newcomers are welcome in all of Calvary's choirs

  • Motet Choir, for adults and youth
  • Canterbury Choir, for grades 7 through 12
  • St. Cecilia Choir, for grades 2 through 6
  • St. Nicholas Choir, for pre-K through grade 1

The children's choirs loosely follow the Royal School of Church Music curriculum, with choristers earning medallions with different colored ribbons as they progress. The children's choirs also participate in the annual Episcopal Youth Music festival at St. Mark's Cathedral in Minneapolis.

Musicians from the congregation also play woodwinds, bells, and other instruments during services.

PIPE ORGAN

Calvary's Noehren-Harris organ has been described as "a French organ with an English soul." Built in 1974, it is typical of others of that era in favoring "sparkle" more than heavy sounds. That said, this organ is a very versatile instrument, particularly given the space constraints in the church. The only instrument to bear the name "Noehren-Harris," it has 4 manuals (or keyboards) and 36 ranks of pipes. It was designed by the renowned recitalist, teacher and organ builder Robert Noehren, and built to his specification by David Harris of Whittier, California.