Choral Evensong and Concerts

A Season of Festivity

Celebrating 150 Years of Worship and Music (1868–2018)

As St. Peter's celebrates its 150th year, you are warmly invited to take part in our choral services, a Hymn Festival, and a year-end concert that all have ties to this sesquicentennial "season of festivity."

One choral service that has been offered at St. Peter's for more than a quarter century is Choral Evensong. Evensong is a traditional Anglican service of Evening Prayer, sung. Read more about the service of Evensong as it is sung at St. Peter's: Evensong is for Everyone!

All of these services and concerts are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

150 Years of Praise
Choral Evensong

Sunday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m.

The first of three Evensong services this season, this service draws on two cherished pieces of music written on either side of St. Peter's founding. The canticles are the sublime Evening Service in E by S. S. Wesley, and the anthem is Evening Hymn by H. Balfour Gardiner.

150th Anniversary Festival Eucharist

Sunday, October 14 at 10:30 a.m.

Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of St. Peter’s and Visitation of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry. This service will include the first performance of a new anthem by American composer Melissa Dunphy (b. 1980).

150 Years of Song
Hymn Festival: “Our Hope for Years to Come”

Sunday, November 4 at 5:00 p.m.

As part of the commemoration of St. Peter’s 150th anniversary, we celebrate our shared heritage of congregational song with beloved hymns old and new. This Festival includes a new hymn tune from Stephen Buzard especially commissioned for this occasion. Mr. Buzard is the Organist & Director of Music at St. James Cathedral, Chicago.

150 Years of Hope
A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent

Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m.

The popular service reflects the Advent season's growing anticipation. The St. Peter's Choristers & Choir sing music by Gibbons, Stanford, Howells, Paul Manz, David Willcocks, Ronald Arnatt, Stephen Cleobury, Judith Weir, Steven Rickards, and Melissa Dunphy.

150 Years of Light
A Service of Lessons and Carols for Epiphany

Sunday, January 13 at 5:00 p.m.

This candlelit service of music and readings for the season is sung by the St. Peter's Singers. This year's Epiphany Carol Service includes choral music exclusively by North American composers: Leo Sowerby, Richard Proulx, Gerre Hancock, John Weaver, Paul Halley, Robert Richter, and Parker Ramsay. 

150 Years of Revelation
Choral Evensong

Sunday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m.

In this second Evensong service of the sesquicentennial season, we hear music from just before and just after the turn of the last century. The canticles are the Evening Service in B minor by T. Tertius Noble. In this Epiphany Season of unfolding light and revelation, the anthem is Hail, gladdening light by Charles Wood. Sung by the St. Peter's Singers. 

150 Years of Prayer
Choral Evensong

Sunday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Sung by the St. Peter's Singers on the First Sunday in Lent, the final Evensong of the season contains a fully American expression of music for this liturgy. The canticles are the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D by Leo Sowerby, and the anthem is by Gregory Roig, who is a member of the St. Peter's Singers. This service will include the first performance of a new set of Preces and Responses written for St. Peter's 150th anniversary by David Sinden, the Director of Music. 

150 Years of Life and Peace
A Meditation on the Passion of Christ

Palm Sunday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Sung by the St. Peter's Singers. Through scripture, poetry, music, and prayer, we contemplate the way of the cross.

150 Years of Choir and Organ
Choral Concert: “From One Generation to Another”

Sunday, June 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Music from the 150 years since St. Peter's founding including the groundbreaking masterwork In the Beginning by American composer Aaron Copland. Sung by the St. Peter's Choir.

For more information, please contact David Sinden, Organist and Director of Music.