17 Oak Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840
732 . 548 . 4308
Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
a caring church
Music Minister - Ronald Baltimore
This very congenial group is always ready to bring music to our ears. The parish choir is composed of men and women who are committed to leading the musical portions of our liturgies under the guidance of our interim music minister. Hymns, psalms, service settings, and anthems from many traditions are given equal attention. Although the choir is a volunteer group with no audition required, members are expected to attend a weekly rehearsal and a Sunday morning warm-up. Anyone who enjoys music, likes to sing, can read music, and can carry a tune is welcome. The parish choir sings at the 10 am service each week, as well as on church holidays and special occasions. In appreciation for all of their hard work, the choir gets the summer off.
Rehearsal: Sunday 12:00 pm
Warm-up: Sunday 9:30 am
Director - Julia Jenson
The Schola Cantorum (School of Singing) is an auditioned choir, open to children and teens in grades 3-12, with first and second graders taken on an individual basis. The Schola is an interfaith choir; choristers need not be members of St. Luke’s to participate.
St. Luke’s is an affiliate member of the Royal School of Church Music, and the Schola follows the RSCM VOICE for LIFE program, which provides thorough musical instruction for its choristers, including music notation, sight singing, voice production, and liturgical training. In acknowledgement of their developing professionalism and time commitment, choristers receive stipends for their work. These stipends are primarily based on level of achievement, with supplemental amounts awarded for conduct.
Choristers are required to earn their “whites”, and they wear colored ribbons signifying the level of standards they have achieved. Colors, in order from lowest level to highest, are white, light blue, dark blue, red, and yellow. The Head Chorister wears a purple ribbon.
The Schola sings at the 10:00 service on the first Sunday of each month, in addition to other, liturgically significant services. Their repertoire ranges from medieval chant to modern anthems, incorporating English, Latin, German, Italian, and Swahili texts.
Rehearsals: Thursday 4-5:30 pm