Music at St. Andrew's
It is the vision of the St. Andrew’s Music Program to ennoble our collective praise and enhance the beauty of worship at St. Andrew’s through liturgically appropriate musical expression that is prepared with thoughtfulness and rendered with excellence.
“Wherefore with my utmost art,
I will sing thee;
And the cream of all my heart
I will bring thee.”
--George Herbert (1593-1633)
Anglican Priest and Poet
Led by Choirmaster Timothy J. Krueger and Organist Ralph Valentine, the St. Andrew’s Choir of 35 auditioned singers is one of the finest church choirs in the region and is committed to the Anglican and Catholic musical traditions of the last 1000 years. The level of excellence for which we strive, dedicated to the glory of God and to the building up of God’s Church through worship, is achieved by the laudable effort of musically talented individuals and their commitment to the regular discipline of rehearsals and services as they are held at St. Andrew’s.
The provision of music for Sunday morning Eucharists is the principal sacramental mission of the Choir; however, weekly services of Evensong on Thursdays at 5:45 pm, and a Gregorian chant-based service on Sundays at 5:30pm, are a secondary focus. These meditative services, modeled on the ancient and contemplative offices of monastic Christianity, provide the parish and the downtown Denver community with a weekly opportunity to experience this kind of spirituality. We invite all, even if committed to another church, to experience these services as a supplemental opportunity for worship.
Evensong is sung every Thursday (except June-August) at 5:45 pm. in the church. On the first Thursday of every month and other "high" occasions, it is offered by full choir and organ. On the remaining Thursdays a professional quartet fills the resonant acoustics of the church with glorious, generally a cappella music. The repertoire is drawn largely from Anglican sources of the last 500 years, but also occasionally encompasses both older and newer compositions from outside the Anglican tradition.
The music for the Stillpoint Service, sung on Sunday Evening at 5:30 pm, is drawn largely from Gregorian Chant, connecting our modern day spiritual experience with a timeless and ancient tradition of contemplative, unison singing. A quartet of singers provides some of the chant on their own, and the congregation sings a goodly portion as well, printed in the leaflet for straightforward participation. Occasionally a solo instrumentalist (cello, piano, classical guitar, violin, organ, etc.) provides voluntaries before and after the service.