Calvary offers a wide variety of musical opportunities, whether you would like to participate or simply listen and enjoy. The Chancel Choir sings at the second Sunday morning service every week. The Children’s Choir assembles around Christmas and Easter for special performances. Calvary’s Sanctuary is also a popular concert venue for numerous local and touring choruses, orchestras and other musical groups.
Calvary’s acclaimed Chancel Choir comprises singers of exceptional talent whose music is coordinated to complement each Sunday’s theme of worship. The choir is accomplished in a number of musical genres, performing modern, contemporary, spiritual and folk pieces during both church services and concerts, as well as major works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Medieval periods.
The Chancel Choir is led by Alden Gilchrist who has been Director of Music at Calvary since 1965, having previously served as the church’s organist. Alden has been active as a leader in Bay Area music education for decades, and in 1992 received the Prix de Martell award for “outstanding service in the San Francisco musical community.” The Chancel Choir’s CD, The Word, includes his composition Psalm 137 and his setting of the classic hymn, Amazing Grace.
The choir is accompanied by Charles Worth, a versatile pianist, accompanist, vocal coach and organist. In addition to many performances with the choir and his solo appearances, he is frequently heard as an accompanist for singers from around the United States. He maintains a San Francisco studio for teaching and vocal coaching.
In addition to Sunday worship services and concert events, the choir performs at Calvary’s yearly Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve services
September – June
Thursdays, 7:30–9:30 pm
Sundays at 10 am for Sunday Service at 11 am
Every summer the Chancel Choir opens its doors to anyone who can sing and read music. Please join us any Sunday this summer. Rehearsals are at 9 am Sunday and service is at 10 am. There are no other obligations. You can come to one, to all or some number in between.
(Music will stream. Depending on your system it may take up to 30 seconds before the audio starts)
Amazing Grace (.mp3)
Arrangement by Alden Gilchrist
Cantique de Jean Racine (.mp3)
Let not your heart not be troubled (.mp3)
At the River (.mp3)
Pax Dei (.mp3)
W. Whitney Coombs