music is the soul's voice
Music engages the mind, transforms the heart and awakens the soul. It speaks for us when we have no words. Our superb choirs and vibrant music leaders elevate our common life together; you will find music at worship, parish potlucks, youth retreats, children's Sunday School, and throughout every aspect of life at Church of Our Saviour.
As Episcopalians, we have a musical heritage that is one of the world's richest and most deeply spiritual. We offer a wide variety of musical styles from English Renaissance motets to multi-cultural spirituals, each dedicated to enhance worship and to speak to the heart.
our music program
We are fortunate to have
music of outstanding
quality at Our Saviour
parish. Our organ, refurbished
in 2005, is one
of the largest and most
technologically advanced pipe/digital
combination instruments in the world. Our
outstanding choir soloists, volunteer choristers
and instrumentalists perform challenging
and diverse repertoire by classical
and modern composers. Look for special
music at our worship services as well as
frequent choral, organ, orchestral, and
handbell concerts throughout the year.
check our event calendar.
There are many ways to participate in our
music program: as a performer (amateurs
welcome!), as a member of our Friends of
Music support program, and, of course, as
a listener. Contact our Minister of Music for more information on how to become
email our Minister of Music
meet our music staff
Minister of Music and Organist
Our Saviour Choir
Rebecca Rasmussan, soprano
Pauline Sablan, alto
Phil Gold, tenor
Brian Dyer, tenor
Philip Nash, bass
Director of Children's and Youth Music and Handbell Choirs.
annual concert series
The Church of Our Saviour Concert Series "Music for a Season" is designed to bring you the best of classical and contemporary music in a historic setting. Instrumental and vocal, chamber music and choral major works with orchestra, guest artists of international reputation.
Music for a Season Concert Series
June 9 The Whole Musician
July 6 Tefillah
July 26 Harout Senekeremian
The organ in the chruch is a pipe/digital combination instrument.
The organ was rebuilt with additions in 2005 under the project management of Robert Tall & Associates. Great and Positive pipework was retained from the original Austin Pipe Organ, Opus 2469, installed in 1967. These pipes were refurbished, installed and revoiced by Manuel Rosales of Rosales Organ Builders. Rodgers Instruments, LLC, installed the 4-manual console and digital additions.
Our Saviour Choir
a worshipful, dynamic, and congenial setting. The choir rehearses weekly, September to June, for Sunday services, major feast days, and special concerts, and is supported by professional soloists and section leaders.
Sundays from 11:45 - 12:45
This small ensemble rehearses weekly and plays regularly in Sunday worship. All are welcome to visit or join! No prior ringing or musical experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn and serve through this unique form of musical worship!
email the Director or call Suzanne Anderson 626 282 5147 x15.
Music Program for Children and Youth
Grades K - 2*
Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 3:30pm - 4:05pm, followed by a snack time from 4:05pm - 4:15pm.
In rehearsals children will learn basic singing skills, pitch matching, rhythmic skills, how to follow directions in a group and social skills. Rehearsals will also include games and instruments. The Gospel Cherubs sing in church a little less than once a month and participate in the annual Christmas Pageant and Spring Musical. No prior musical experience is necessary!
* This ensemble is also open to interested and motivated pre-K children. Please contact Suzanne for more details.
Grades 3 - 5*
Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 4:15pm - 5:00pm, preceded by a snack time from 4:05pm - 4:15pm
Rehearsals will continue the work begun in the Gospel Cherubs, although students do not need to have been in any choir previously to join. Musical skills addressed include basic group singing techniques, beginning music reading, rhythmic and performance skills. The Star Chorus sings in church about once a month and participates in the 4PM Christmas Eve service, Spring Musical and local music festivals.
* This ensemble is also open to motivated second graders.
Grades 6 - 8
Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 5:05pm - 5:50pm
This group will continue the work begun in the Star Chorus by providing an environment where young singers can work together to offer their talents to God through song in a more musically challenging and age appropriate environment. Rehearsals will include much more singing in parts and preparation for leading a much greater part of the liturgical music in church. We seek to provide a welcoming atmosphere where boys and girls in all stages of vocal development are valued for their unique contributions.
Grades 3 - 8
Rehearsals are on Mondays from 4:00 – 4:45 pm, when in session
The chime choir is open to any child in grades 3 - 8 regardless of prior musical experience or participation in Star Chorus.
We will teach your children the skills they need to know in order to ring! This group will meet during two multi-week sessions throughout the year. Rehearsals will focus on learning basic music reading and ringing skills in addition to learning music for presentation during services. To ring in a particular session, the ringer must be available for the performance and the majority of the rehearsals.
Chime Choir Sessions 2013-14
Session 1: Christmas Chime Choir The rehearsal period for this session is November 4 – December 24. The group will be preparing to ring as a part of the Christmas Pageant Service on Tuesday, December 24th at 4pm.
Session 2: Easter Chime ChoirThe rehearsal period for this session is March 10 – April 20. The group will ring as a part of one of the morning services on Easter Sunday, April 20th.
For more information on any of the musical offerings for children or youth, please contact Suzanne Anderson, Director of Children's and Youth Music at 626/282-5147 ext. 15 or by email.