Music

We have a lively, multi-stylistic, multi-generational music program.

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What Makes Us Unique?
It’s open to people of all levels, but we take pride in our accomplished level of musicianship in multiple areas. Driving our program are Shawn Kirchner and Niké St. Clair, both of whom are affiliated with the L.A. Master Chorale and L.A. Philharmonic, which provide professional stimulation that they bring back to church every Sunday. These two often present original compositions and arrangements designed to capture the essence of a particular service or sermon.

Styles
We have a multi-stylistic approach that blends the contemporary with the traditional. Our music ranges from High Church with a grand pipe organ to contemporary world Christian music to African American gospel with drums and piano.

Ages and Experiences
We strive to provide an avenue for all people to share their talents through singing and instruments. Our programs are multi-generational and draw on talent at all ages and levels. Our experience includes professional horn and flute players, first-time choir members, a child harpist, young pianists, and current and former music educators who bring a great level of skill to beginners and children. All are welcome to participate.

Specific Programs

  • Folk Music GroupThe Sanctuary Choir is our very lively main ensemble. It is directed by Niké St. Clair and Shawn Kirchner is the accompanist/composer. The core is very experienced and has been singing for decades. These members are experienced readers, play multiple musical instruments, and sing at a special level. We’re open to people of all levels and new singers are always welcome. Rehearsals are held during the school year every Thursday evening from 7:30-9:00 pm in the east room of the sanctuary.

A Non-Singers’ Choir Trip by Bob Dyer

  • The Chancel Bells is our wonderful hand bell ensemble. This group of adult hand bell ringers is directed by Niké St. Clair and meets in the bell room above the sanctuary choir loft every Thursday evening, during the school year,  from 5:55 – 7:15 pm.
  • The Folk Music Ensemble is led by the very dynamic Vanessa Davis and features several accomplished folk singers. It consists of a variety of music, often original, and is open to wide range of sources to fit the themes of various church services. It features percussion, strings, and other instruments, interesting singing, and great harmonizations. This group meets on an ad hoc basis.