The mission of the Choir of St. Luke's is first, and foremost, to assist the congregation in singing hymns and liturgy at the 10am service. The choir also sings music reflective of the English Church and our Anglican heritage, while exploring music from different times and places as well. Additionally, our singers have had occasion to share their gifts with the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti communities in hymn festivals, choral concerts, and other special events.
The choir welcomes one and all to sing! While an ability to read music helps, it is by no means required.
Choir rehearsal takes place on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9pm. New singers are ALWAYS welcome! Simply come a few minutes prior to rehearsal to receive music and other materials.
About the Director of Music:
I have done music on and off since first playing the trumpet in third grade. After an off-period, I took up playing the piano in seventh grade. When my family and I started attending The First Congregational Church of La Grange, Illinois, I noted the very large pipe organ in the front, saying: That would be cool to play. (I still think its cool to play!)
Seeing how choirs and organ go so well together, I started singing in choir in eighth grade, and all through high school. It was my sophomore year when I did my first church work at All Saints Episcopal Church in Western Springs, Illinois. It was there that I decided that The Episcopal Church was where I was called to be.
I have sung in church choirs, concert choirs, festival choruses, chamber ensembles; basically choirs of every size. I have seen what does and does not work in a conductor. I make it my goal to draw together those things that I have seen work. Chief among them are reverence, kindness, patience, thoughtfulness, and a few laughs, all while helping people find their voice and create a beautiful sound with it. These are what I strive to bring to rehearsal and worship each week at St. Luke's. The result is a great community working together, helping people find their song.
I heartily invite you to come and sing sometime.
Kipp Cortez, Director of Music and Organist