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The Music and Fine Arts Ministry at St. Luke’s provides inspiration to those who seek expression of God’s grace and love through the performing and visual arts, and we believe that those creative acts are borne out of loving and supporting communities.
Through the generosity of St. Luke’s Friends of Music, guest musicians are a regular part of traditional worship. This group makes many things possible, from solo instrumentalists to visiting artists to full orchestras. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Music at St. Luke’s, please contact Barbara Bamberg or Sid Davis
We value community, and want people of all backgrounds to experience what it is like to be loved and embraced. Our choirs make beautiful music together and share that very special kind of community. Our sanctuary’s Georgian-style architecture and resonant acoustic provides a stunning worship home for our traditional choirs and newly renovated Schantz pipe organ, with ample space for large orchestras in worship, plus special events and concerts.
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.
Chancel Choir 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, Godspell, 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 SundaySing! 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
Summer musical 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.
A yearning to tell stories drove the formation of our theatrical company, Tapestry Players. Five productions spread throughout each calendar year offer opportunity for a broad array of church members, whether on stage, in the chorus, building sets, sewing costumes, or running the soundboard. Recent productions include Into the Woods, Music Man, Our Town, Fiddler on the Roof, and Pirates of Penzance. Our theater calendar also includes annual productions by our Pure Sound Youth Choir and Children’s Music Ministry.
Rotunda Gallery of Art The Rotunda Gallery at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, established in the 1980s, has hosted many local artists, as well as artists from out of state, throughout the years. A portion of gallery proceeds directly benefits the fine arts at St. Luke’s and helps to maintain and build our permanent art collection. The gallery is located in the hallway next to the Fellowship Hall and is open to visitors any time the church is open.
St. Luke’s owns an extensive art collection of varied media — oil paintings, watercolors, stitchery, engravings, sculpture, prints, photographs and multi-media works — given to the church by many generations of generous members and friends.
Bridges Academy of Fine Arts
Study music with some of the best teachers in Houston. Our instructors have advanced degrees from leading universities and conservatories in Houston and across the country, as well as exceptional performing experience around the globe. Bridges Academy currently offers lessons in piano, voice, violin, cello, guitar, percussion, flute, and clarinet. Visit the Bridges Academy web page for more information and registration.
Encourage your child’s neurological and physical development with an 8-week curriculum that includes you (or a caregiver) in a sequence of singing and movement that’s literally child’s play! Birth through preschool. Targets five areas of development: musical, physical, intellectual, social and spiritual. Classes are 45 minutes and are followed by snack time. Unlike other music programs, we do not require a one-to-one parent/child ratio, and you may bring siblings to the same class. The eight-week Spring 2017 SongPlay! session begins the week of March 20. Tuition is $115 for St. Luke’s members and $125 for non-members. There is an additional $35 fee for siblings. For more information, please contact Julie Osterman.
2017 Spring Session Registration
8 weeks beginning the week of March 20 Register by clicking on one of the class day/times below.