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

Summer Choir 2013–June 9-September 1:

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.

Please join with us in this unique fulfillment of the spirit!
This program is also a chance to check out our music program if you are considering joining us in the fall. Our performances with orchestra next season will include Poulenc’s Gloria for our December concert, and Mozart’s Requiem for Good Friday.


Sample Music From Calvary’s Chancel Choir:

(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)
Gabriel Faure

Let not your heart not be troubled (.mp3)
Johann Brahms

At the River (.mp3)
Aaron Copeland

Pax Dei (.mp3)
W. Whitney Coombs