Music at St. Luke’s~San Lucas…doesn’t fit neatly into any simple categories like “contemporary,” “traditional” or “blended”. Our music is reverent but not stodgy, and accessible without being dumbed-down. It’s sometimes contemplative and sometimes joyful – just like life.

Music is a bit different here than most other churches you can visit. For instance, we vigorously affirm the worth of the best traditional music as a living expression of faith in the 21st century. Our music is mostly unamplified – we tend toward the joyful noise of real voices and instruments and away from electronic noise. Our 1890 Adams organ is one of the best organs in the metro area, and is played nearly every Sunday at the 10:00 service by Music Director Tim Nickel, a professional organist.

Although most music at St. Luke’s is traditional, any excellent, interesting music is “fair game.” On any given Sunday, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear:

  • an African praise song
  • an Israeli folk song or a klezmer tune
  • Gregorian chant
  • an Afro-American spiritual
  • our harpsichord or our Sohmer grand piano
  • our Petit and Fritsen handbells
  • a simple hymn sung without accompaniment
  • a consort of recorders

Music is an important part of the liturgy at the 10:00 service. Our hymns are mostly from the Hymnal 1982 or the supplement Wonder, Love and Praise. Our worship experience is deepened by participation in the musical action, either by singing hymns, or by actively listening to solos, small groups or choir anthems.  Worship during the 10:00 service is also frequently enriched by musical solos and smaller groups of many kinds.

The St. Luke’s Choir sings most Sundays September through mid-June at the 10:00 service. We have fun singing a wide variety of music and functioning as worship leaders, not just performers. Anyone who loves to sing is invited to rehearse with us Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm and Sundays at 9:15 am. You need not be musically trained to join the choir: several or our members started unable to read music. If you can commit to the practice, we can teach you!

The Handbell Choir rehearses Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm and we play during worship an average of twice a month. Any ringer, experienced or beginner, is welcome, since we are all committed to improving our musical and technical skills. Click this link to find out more about our set of Dutch handbells.

The Spanish Service (Sundays, 1:00 PM) features Chilean musician, Willy Silva.  Willy is a professional musician trained in guitar. He has served at churches before, and knows the liturgical music traditions of Latin America. He has brought renewed attention to the rhythms and piety of the Spanish speaking American church.