The music ministry of St. Peter’s provides an opportunity for young people and adults to become involved in the life of this parish through music. The parish music program includes the St. Peter’s Choristers, the St. Peter’s Choir, and the St. Peter’s Singers.
Each Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service the Choir leads the hymns and service music and sings choral music for the service (introit, anthems, and motets). Members of the Choir also sing for the 8:00 a.m. service once a month and also sing at weddings and funerals when requested.
St. Peter’s is very proud to provide monthly Choral Evensong services as well as occasional Organ Vespers services on Sunday evenings. The Choir also typically sings one choral concert a year, often with orchestra.
In 2020, the St. Peter's Choir released "Longing for Home" their second recording with Regent Records. In The American Organist magazine, the recording was called "excellent...richly sung." "Longing for Home" is a recording of various hymn texts set to music by American composers. The selections on this disc reflect the American hymn tradition and range from simple hymn arrangements to hymn-anthems.
Major works sung on recent concert performances include Bernstein's Chichester Psalms (2017), Copland's In the Beginning (2019), the Duruflé Requiem (2019), Handel's Messiah, Parts 1 and 2 (2015) and 3 (2018), Lou Harrison's Easter Cantata (Midwest premiere, 2017), Haydn's Te Deum in C and "Lord Nelson" Mass (2016), and Mondonville's Dominus Regnavit (sung with the Kingsbury Ensemble, 2016).
In May of 2019, members of the St. Peter's Choir had the honor of singing at the 50th anniversary of the re-hallowing of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury in Fulton, Missouri, the only building by architect Christopher Wren in the United States.
The St. Peter's Choir rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings and again on Sundays before the 10:30 a.m. service. We welcome parishioners and others with advanced choral experience to sing alongside our professional staff singers. If you are interested in more information, please contact music director David Sinden at .
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THE S. WILLIAM AITKEN ENDOWMENT FUND
The S. William Aitken Endowment Fund has been established to ensure a vibrant future for the music ministry at St. Peter’s.
Bill Aitken served as St. Peter’s Director of Music from 1984 to 2015, and the parish is committed to building on the strong foundation built during his ministry.
If you would like to ensure an enduring legacy of fine music by contributing to this fund, please contact the Church Office at 314-993-2306, or