Calvary’s high-quality music program offers an opportunity for active participation by members of the parish of all ages. The focus of the music program is to enhance the parishioners’ experience of the presence of God through the mystery and majesty of the Anglican liturgical tradition.
The adult choir is a non-professional ensemble consisting of members of Calvary along with three or four music students. The role of these “Choral Scholars”, who are principally drawn from UCSC, is to enhance the work of the volunteer members of the choir, to gain professional experience as working musicians, and to learn the rich heritage of the Anglican repertoire.
Typically, the choir offers an offertory anthem, chants the psalm, sings the service music, and leads the parish in singing hymns. During the year the adult choir also sings 2-3 Evensong services, several Special Choral Eucharists, an annual Lessons and Carols service, and extra services around the Easter and Christmas holidays. The music ministry at Calvary is supported by a 1971 Moeller pipe organ and a 6-foot Steinway piano.
Very recently, the Calvary parish has re-started the youth choir, which now sings on the first Sunday of the month from October through June.