Music and Choir

choir_2014Under the leadership of Music Director Murray Walker, Calvary's outstanding traditional Anglican choir leads the congregation in song every Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service, September through June. Membership in the choir is open to any Calvary parishioner who wishes to join. Non-parishioners may join by audition. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. 

 

Calvary Choir also presents concerts several times a year. Please see our Concerts at Calvary page for more information.



About our Choir

Calvary has the distinct identity of being the only church in the diocese that provides a traditional Anglican worship service including choral anthems drawn from the entire breadth of classical ecclesiastical choral repertoire from the Renaissance through the 21st Century.  The strictly traditional services are mainly on festival days, Lessons and Carols in the week leading up to Christmas, Christmas Eve Mass and the Great Vigil of Easter.  Additional traditional services, such as Evensong, are also added throughout the liturgical year.  In addition, hymns and mass settings from the Episcopal Hymnal 1928 provide opportunity for congregational participation as well as Anglican chant, Plainsong chant and Taize.

 

The newly added service of Compline is held on the First Friday of each month at 9:00 pm.  In the ancient monastic orders, Compline was sung as the last office of the day in which the monks prayed for protection from nighttime dangers.  The service is 30 minutes of chant and contemplative music sung in the relaxed setting of our historic church under the hushed glow of the vintage gaslights.

 

Calvary has implemented a non-traditional, experimental service on the first Sunday of each month with its focus being more participatory.  There is no choir for this service.  While the other Sundays maintain a mostly traditional focus a blending of styles is beginning to be experimented with.

 

Calvary Choir 2014 - 2015

Soprano: Cora Frantz, Allison Gong, Caryn Machado, Sarah Peterson, *Olivia Trevino, Carol Walker
Alto: Dana Bagshaw, Carol Freeman, Audrey Nickel, *Riley Sheets

Tenor:  *Nic Gerst
Bass: Steve Crandell, Alex Johnson, Rogan Lynch

 

* Denotes Choral Scholar

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Hear the Choir!

The Lord is my shepherd: Hylton-Stewart.
This beautiful setting of the beloved 23rd Psalm is an example of Anglican Chant, a style unique to churches of the Anglican Communion.

 

Christus Factus Est: Bruckner
"Christ was made obedient for us, even unto death on a cross."

 

Grace to you and peace: Lange
A beautiful 21st century composition by American composer Kinley Lange.

Featuring tenor soloist and choral scholar Tyler Johnson.

 

Upcoming Concerts

Calvary Choir also presents special music events throughout the year.

Please see our Concerts at Calvary page for specific information.

 

With the exception of "Grace to you and peace," which was recorded at Calvary, the samples above were recorded in the chapel at York School, Monterey, CA. Many thanks to York for the use of its fine facilities!

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Choral Scholar Program

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Calvary's Choral Scholars 2014-2015
From left to right: Olivia Trevino, soprano; Nic Gerst, tenor; and Riley Sheets, alto.

The position of the choral scholar is a long-standing tradition in England and is maintained throughout the world where churches continue a strong classical music program. Choral Scholarships enable college music students to earn a stipend for singing with the Choir while gaining experience as professional musicians. Calvary's outstanding traditional Anglican choir benefits from the students' musical knowledge and trained voices. Calvary's Choral Scholarships are open to music students from all area colleges.
It costs about $10,000.00 a year to fund the four scholarships. As with most budgets during these difficult times, the Choral Scholar budget is being cut considerably, by about 50%. Money raised at the annual GinSing! and donations throughout the year support the Choral Scholarship program. We hope that you will become a contributing member of this program which values the rich, classical sacred music that has come down to us over fifteen centuries of Christian worship. Donations may be made at any time. Checks should be made out to Calvary Episcopal Church with the Memo stating Choral Scholarship. A receipt for tax purposes will be issued at the end of the calendar year and mailed to the address on your check. Cash donations should include your name and mailing address in order to receive a tax receipt.
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Choir Director Murray Walker

murray walkerMurray C. Walker  is the Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Murray holds music degrees from the University of British Columbia and California State University, Long Beach.  His singing career has included the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the choirs of (the former) St. Paul’s Cathedral of Los Angeles, Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal and Norwich Cathedral in England.  He is presently the Head of Fine Arts and Director of Music at York School in Monterey, where his program includes two choirs, an orchestra and an early music consort.  He has served on the board of directors of the California Music Educators Association-Central Coast Section (CMEA-CCS), and is a member of the California Orchestral Directors Association (CODA) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).  Murray is the recipient of the 2012 CMEA-CCS Outstanding Music Educator's Award. Congratulations, Murray.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 10:18