music

Choir programs

Music is an important and cherished part of the fabric that makes up Saint Luke’s. Our music program, affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music, provides young singers with age-appropriate vocal training, superior music education, community building skills, excellent Christian education, and unique performance and travel opportunities. Our young choristers in the Saint Nicholas, Saint Cecilia, and Saint Gregory Choirs are paid stipends based on merit while they study the RSCM’s Voice for Life training curriculum. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our program has been entirely reimagined to provide the very best Christian education and musical experience, maintaining a fun and physically distanced environment. 

Read more about our choirs and how we have adapted during this time pandemic.

For choir rehearsal schedules, or if you have specific questions, email David.Pulliam@saintlukesdarien.org or call 203-655-1456 ext. 126.

Friends of music

The mission of the Friends of Music at Saint Luke’s Parish is to continually support our choirs and allow them to share their gifts both within and beyond our walls. Our vision is that Saint Luke’s becomes a center for excellent and inspiring musical offerings in Darien, with a reputation that stretches far beyond.

Your donation to the Friends of Music will help maintain and improve our music program on an ongoing basis. We also have a permanent Music Endowment Fund which we hope to grow over the years to come.

Donations may be made by check made out to “Saint Luke’s Parish” with the notation “Friends of Music,” or you may contact Ron Wilson, Director of Finance & Administration at 203-655-1456 or Ron.Wilson@saintlukesdarien.org.

Saint Nicholas Choir

For the 2020-2021 Choir Season, the Saint Nicholas Choir (age 4– 2nd grade) will welcome our youngest boys and girls, introducing basic musical concepts in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. African Drumming classes will introduce rhythm and movement as well as music theory; our new Choir Chime instruments will provide opportunities to read music and establish the concepts of pitch and melody. 

For the 2020-2021 Choir Year, membership will be capped at 20 members, divided into two groups of 10 (Group A or B), meeting either Tuesday or Wednesday each week. Membership is on a first-come, first-served basis, so register today. Safety protocols include rehearsing in the Anderson Youth and Community Center where air purifiers have been installed, physical distancing by standing in “Hula Hoop Zones,” temperature checks, staggered drop-off and pick-up, and hand sanitizing. Masks required.

Music/Equipment Fee: $80/year. 

Group A rehearses each Tuesday, 4 – 4:30 PM. During pick-up time, we are pleased to welcome Erika Caputo who will tie musical and liturgical concepts to relevant Biblical stories and short projects. Pick-up times will be assigned and staggered.

Group B rehearses each Wednesday, 4 – 4:30 PM. During pick-up time, we are pleased to welcome Erika Caputo who will tie musical and liturgical concepts to relevant Biblical stories and short projects. Pick-up times will be assigned and staggered.

Saint cecilia choir

The Saint Cecilia Choir (grades 3 – 5) offers members an opportunity to develop teamwork and leadership skills while exploring vocal technique, music theory, and community building. This choir follows the curriculum of the Royal School of Church Music, and also offers unique travel and touring opportunities. 

Due to the the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to sing together in person. Instead, we will be offering African Drumming classes to explore intricate rhythms, music theory, and more advanced drumming techniques. Our newly restored, historic White Chapel hand bells will provide opportunities to read music, continue the concepts of pitch and melody, and perform as a group on the highest quality instruments of their kind. Singing opportunities will be offered during Voice for Life Zoom sessions each Thursday. See information below. A separate registration for Voice for Life is required this season.

For the 2020-2021 Choir Year, membership will be capped at 20 members, divided into two groups of 10 (Group A or B), meeting either Tuesday or Wednesday each week. Membership is on a first-come, first-served basis, so register today. Safety protocols include rehearsing in the Anderson Youth and Community Center, physical distancing, temperature checks, staggered drop-off and pick-up, and hand sanitizing. Masks required. Music/Equipment Fee: $80/year.

Group A rehearses each Tuesday, 4:30 – 5:30 PM. During pick-up time, we are pleased to welcome Erika Caputo who will tie musical and liturgical concepts to relevant Biblical stories and short projects. Pick-up times will be assigned and staggered.

Group B rehearses each Wednesday, 4:30 – 5:30 PM. During pick-up time, we are pleased to welcome Erika Caputo who will tie musical and liturgical concepts to relevant Biblical stories and short projects. Pick-up times will be assigned and staggered.

Saint gregory choir

The Saint Gregory Choir (grades 6 – high school) invites our older and more advanced choristers to further their musical studies in more comprehensive rehearsals. For the 2020-2021 season, these singers will join the adult Parish Choir on a weekly basis for in-person rehearsals each Thursday beginning at 7:15 PM. They will broadcast a live-streamed Compline service via FaceBook Live each Thursday at 8 PM. This choir also is offered unique touring and traveling opportunities. 

RSCM Voice for Life training will occur via ZOOM each Thursday. Additional registration for Voice for Life is required this season. See the information below.

Safety protocols include, among other things, rehearsing in the church’s nave observing physical distancing, temperature checks, the wearing of masks, staggered entrance and departure, and hand sanitizing. 

Rehearses and performs each Thursday, 7:15 – 8:30 PM. Music/Equipment Fee: $80/year.

Saint luke's parish choir

The Saint Luke’s Parish Choir (adults) is made up of talented volunteers and a professional quartet.  The core repertoire is in the Anglican Cathedral tradition and also embraces jazz, Gregorian chant, spirituals, world music, and music of current composers. The Parish Choir normally sings on a weekly basis at the 10 AM Sunday service, at monthly Evensong, and other services. An annual cabaret-style evening of music, “SongFest,” is also presented as a major fundraiser for Friends of Music. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be rehearsing live in the nave of the church. Weekly preparation for and the performance of weekly Compline will be observed each Thursday evening. Compline will be broadcast via FaceBook Live at 8 PM. Safety protocols include, among other things, rehearsing in the church’s nave observing appropriate physical distancing, temperature checks, staggered entrance and departure, and hand sanitizing. Masks required.

Rehearses and performs each Thursday, 7:15 – 8:30 PM.

Adults interested in joining the Parish Choir should contact David Pulliam at david.pulliam@saintlukesdarien.org

SAINT LUKE’S HAND BELL CHOIR

Newly established, the Saint Luke’s Hand Bell Choir will utilize our newly restored, historic White Chapel hand bells. This new ensemble is open to all parishioners in high school and older. While hand bell experience is not required, elementary concepts of music reading are encouraged. Safety protocols include rehearsing in the Anderson Youth and Community Center, physical distancing, temperature checks, staggered drop-off and pick-up, and hand sanitizing. Masks required.

Rehearses each Sunday, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Anyone interested in joining the Hand Bell Choir should contact David Pulliam at david.pulliamd@saintlukesdarien.org

VOICE for LIFE

A second registration for Voice for Life sessions is required this year. Voice for Life is offered to anyone in the St. Cecilia Choir and older. In-person rehearsal is not required to take advantage of Voice for Life this year.

This season, our Voice for Life curriculum will be offered via ZOOM. Each of our instructors, Mr. P., Mr. R., and Mrs. Sisson will begin together, then instruct ribbon colors in breakout rooms. Students that are not comfortable coming to on-campus rehearsals are encouraged to join VfL via ZOOM each week. At 5:30 PM, two fifteen minute slots may be reserved on a week-to-week basis for private Voice Lesson sessions or for performing standards targets at no charge. Each instructor will be available for two slots each by appointment.

Meets each Thursday, 5:00 – 5:30 via ZOOM.
Individual Voice Lessons (6 total each week): 5:30 PM and 5:45 PM via ZOOM.
Voice for Life fees are included in the $80 music/equipment fee. If your child is not attending in person, a $20 curriculum fee is asked.

*If music/equipment fees produce any kind of hardship on families, scholarships are available through Friends of Music. Simply email Mr. P. to request a scholarship.