ST. PETER’S CHOIR
The Parish Choir of St. Peter’s sings for the 10:30 a.m. service each Sunday and other major services and concerts. The Choir’s repertoire is wide-ranging and encompasses music from plainsong and early polyphony to newly composed works.
The St. Peter's Choir is especially committed to commissioning and performing works from living composers. In September 2021, the choir will premiere a new work for choir and organ by Seattle composer Jessica French. A new commission, to premiere in early 2022, will be announced soon.
Recent premieres include “King of glory, King of peace” by English composer Francis Pott, and "If thou wilt be perfect" by the Australian-born American composer Melissa Dunphy. For the parish's sesquicentennial in 2018, St. Peter's commissioned a new hymn tune, "Ladue," from Stephen Buzard, the Director of Music at St. James Cathedral, Chicago.
Members of the Choir also sing at the 8:00 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist, usually one Sunday a month.
Using a progressive training scheme that values the intelligence and vocal ability of young people, the St. Peter’s Choristers strive to make music at the highest level. Through fine choral music, the Choristers learn how to make music with their voices and the basics of music theory. Singing in this choir fosters self-esteem as the Choristers find the ability to make music from the printed page. The Choristers appear alongside the Parish Choir at services many times throughout the year. This Choir is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music.
- Open to young people ages 8 (7 for advanced readers) through high school.
- No singing experience or religious affiliation is necessary.
The St. Peter's Singers
The St. Peter’s Singers are a 16-voice professional choir who sing services of Choral Evensong at St. Peter’s. The ensemble celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in March, 2020. Choral Evensong (or a similar choral service) is sung on the second Sunday of the month, October through April, at 5:00 p.m.
Recordings of the St. Peter's Choir and Organs
Longing for Home
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 praised as "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.
Thanks to a generous gift, copies of this CD are available to members of St. Peter's free of charge. The CD is also available for purchase for $12.00 with free shipping. To order call the Church Office at 314-993-2306 or email .
A Year in Saint Louis
The disc, recorded on the Regent label in 2013, features 18 tracks of beautiful choral music and follows the choral year at St. Peter’s, from Advent through Pentecost. Each season of the Church year is represented by one or more choral works from the Choir’s regular repertoire. Six of these works were written specifically for the St. Peter’s
This CD is available for purchase at $12.00 per disc with free shipping. To order call the Church Office at 314-993-2306 or email .
Evensong in Cambridge and Ladue
This CD is a recording of a portion of the choir’s tour to England in 1997, and includes works recorded at the Chapel of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and at St. Peter’s after the tour’s return.
This CD is available for purchase at $5.00 per disc with free shipping. To order call the Church Office at 314-993-2306 or email .