The parish choir of over twenty singers is nearly all volunteer (one section leader is paid). The choir rehearses each Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 from the Thursday after Labor Day through the end of May or early June. A dedicated choir room – quite a luxury! – is used for rehearsing and vesting. The choir leads the singing in the primary Sunday liturgy from the second Sunday in September through mid-July, as well as the festival liturgies of Christmas Eve and Holy Week. The choir also leads quarterly Evensong or Lessons & Carols services as well as occasional Compline liturgies and joint choral eucharists on Ascension Day at Stanford University’s Memorial Church.
The choir’s primary role is to lead the gathered assembly in their singing of hymns, psalms, and canticles. Descants and four-part harmonizations are common embellishments of the assembly’s singing. The choir also normally sings an anthem during the Offering (and occasionally during Communion). These choral works, chosen to illuminate the day or season of the Church Year,
are from the choir’s vast library spanning the history of choral music from Gregorian chant to the present day.
New singers are usually admitted to the choir following a brief, private audition with the Music Director. Please contact Music Director Rodney Gehrke (music <at> asaints.org) for more information or to schedule an audition.