Over 150 adults lead music across three traditional worship services at St. Luke’s, complementing Dr. Pace’s message with music ranging from Baroque and Classical repertoire to spirituals and modern choral anthems. As smaller communities within the larger church, singers’ connections go beyond Sunday morning worship and Wednesday evening choir practice.
Our largest choir at 120 mixed voices, the Chancel Choir packs the loft each Sunday morning for 11 a.m. worship. Annual highlights include the Christmas Festival with orchestra, four Easter Sunday services with brass, collaborations with guest artists, and a winter retreat. Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:15-9:15 p.m. September through July. Conducted by Sid Davis. Contact Sid Davis or BB Bamberg for more information
St. Cecilia Women’s Choir
Founded in 2000, our women’s choir boasts 40 members and leads worship at the 9:45 a.m. service most Sundays September through June. Annual highlights include a fall retreat in Galveston, leading worship for Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday worship, and occasional pop show performances and service opportunities. St. Cecilia rehearses Wednesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. September through June. Conducted by Randy Murrow. Contact Randy Murrow for more information
Veritas Men’s Choir
Our men’s choir, founded in 2006, provides musical leadership at least once a month during both 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. services, allowing Pure Sound and St. Cecilia choirs a morning off each month. Additionally, Veritas and St. Cecilia collaborate for special Sundays and other worship opportunities. Veritas rehearses Wednesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. September through June. Conducted by Ryan Jones. Contact Ryan Jones for more information
Pure Sound Youth Choir
Founded in 1996 by Director of Music Sid Davis, Pure Sound Youth Choir leads music most Sunday mornings during the school term at the 8:30 a.m. traditional service. Alumni regularly return to St. Luke’s and Pure Sound to join the choir and full orchestra in biennial performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria
on Christmas Eve.
These youth present a fully staged musical each spring and a musical revue at the end of each summer. Past shows include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Children of Eden
, Beauty and the Beast
, and Wizard of Oz
. Biennial tours take them to destinations such as San Francisco, Cuba, New York City, Washington, DC, Alaska and the United Kingdom, with performances at locations like the United Nations, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, BBC4 Radio in the UK, and St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Pure Sound rehearses on Sundays during the school term from 4-5:30 p.m. New Sound
Our 6th grade choir, New Sound works independently and jointly with Pure Sound during the fall. After a “graduation ceremony” in early January, these 6th graders become fully fledged members of Pure Sound! Contact Sid Davis
or BB Bamberg
for more information
Our Children’s Music Ministry creates opportunities for early musical exploration and builds a foundation for good singing.
Pre-K and Kindergarten
Our youngest children sing in JoyfulNoise!, directed by Kris Woldy, and rehearse on Sundays from 4-5 p.m. (concurrently with our elementary choir Sunday Sing.) Contact Noralyn Carpenter for more information. 1st – 5th Grade
Our elementary school children sing in “SundaySing!”, directed by Jane Long, and rehearse on Sundays from 4-5 p.m. (concurrently with our beginning choir “Joyful Noise”).Contact Noralyn Carpenter for more information SundayRing! Directed by Noralyn Carpenter, our elementary school handbell choir rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 3-3:55 p.m. (immediately before choir rehearsal.)Contact Noralyn Carpenter for more information
Every summer our elementary-aged children present a musical centered around a Bible story. They rehearse afternoons for one week, with a final performance on Friday evening. Past shows include The Big Fish (A Whale of a Tale), Technicolor Promise about the story of Noah’s Ark, What’s Up, Zak about Zaccheus, and Oh, Jonah.
Do you love music? Can you count to four (or sometimes six and eight)? Do you know your right hand from your left? There’s a handbell group for you!
Chancel Bells Our adult handbell choir rehearses on Sundays at 12:45 p.m. Directed by Noralyn Carpenter. Contact Noralyn Carpenter for more information
SundayRing Our children’s handbell choir for grades 1-5 rehearses on Sundays at 3 p.m., just before SundaySing rehearsal. Directed by Noralyn Carpenter.