Grace-St. Luke’s glorious music program is a treasured part of the worship experience for many parishioners and the Memphis region. The Grace-St. Luke's Choir provides vocal leadership during the 10:30 Eucharist -- supporting the congregation in traditional hymns and offering inspiring sacred pieces that range from classical chorales to traditional spirituals. Click the play button on the picture below to hear the Choir and view a slide show of Grace-St. Luke's music.
Two parish children's choirs also rehearse during the academic year and offer their song at occasional 10:30 services. And guest musicians -- from vocalists to string, brass, and wind ensembles -- frequently join the choir during the 10:30 service. In addition, highly anticipated performances, both religious and secular, take place throughout the year. The inspiring majesty of our music draws and feeds many within the parish and throughout the Memphis community. Explore additional music links: Adult Choirs; Children's Choirs; Friends of Music Fund; and Memphis Boy, Girl, and Chamber Choirs. For more information about music at GSL, contact Director of Music and Organist Dr. Patrick Scott (pscott [at] gracestlukes [dot] org) or call 901-252-6323.
In August 2021, Grace-St. Luke’s Rector, Wardens, Vestry, and Director of Music and Organist announced that one of the leading arts organizations of its kind is moving its operations to GSL effective Fall 2021. Established in 1988 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Memphis by former Choirmaster-Organist John Ayer, the Memphis Boy Choir, Girl Choir, and Chamber Choir are the three ensembles of a non-profit organization (initially incorporated at Memphis Boychoir, Inc.) that offers a creative and interactive musical experience for children and adults. Learn more.
Belvedere Chamber Music Festival (BCMF) is produced by Luna Nova Music and is hosted annually by Grace-St. Luke's. The mission of the festival is to perform masterpieces of 20th century music as well as new works by emerging composers. In addition to performances, the festival offers educational opportunities for young composers and performers through lectures, masterclasses, and private instruction.
To celebrate Grace-St. Luke's Tiffany Windows, Luna Nova Music commissioned five composers to write new works inspired by these beautiful treasures. These were premiered during the BCMF 2010 Festival. Links to the performances are below.
John Baur, Tiffany Annuciation (flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello, piano)
James Carlson, Ascension (organ)
Andrew Drannon, Ascension Syndrome (organ)
Robert Patterson, Windows for Children (violin, horn, clarinet, bassoon, organ, singers)
Mark Volker, Sculpted Light (flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, and cello)
The Grace-St. Luke’s Music Guild presents, “Music in May” – Sundays in May at 5 p.m.
Thanks to generous donations to our GSL Music Guild, we are able to offer Sunday afternoon concerts to celebrate music at Grace-St. Luke’s. With concerts offered both in person and livestreamed, we’ll enjoy a variety of performances with local Memphis musicians in our beautiful sacred space.
GSL Weekly Virtual Clergy Reflections with Music for Meditation, December 2, 9, 16, 23 | * Click the date for 10-minute videos of Wednesdays in Advent reflections by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, the Rev. Anne Carriere, the Rev. Laura F. Gettys, and the Rt. Rev. Phoebe A Roaf, interspersed with music for cello, flute, guitar and organ.
Watch the Musical Moments in July series with music for trumpet and organ with GSL member and Memphis Symphony principal trumpet, Scott Moore, vocal solos by our GSL staff singers, and a solo organ recital by GSL’s Director of Music, Dr. Patrick A. Scott.
July 5: Scott Moore, trumpet, & Patrick A. Scott, organ (program, video)
July 12: Staff Singer favorites (video)
July 19: More Staff Singer favorites (video)
July 26: Patrick A. Scott, organ (video)
GSL in May recitals featured music for bassoon, flute, and guitar by guest instrumentalists who have been serving at our Sunday 5:30 p.m. service. Videos of each offering is posted below, on Facebook, and on our YouTube channel. Spread the word and tune in.
Grace-St. Luke's is blessed to have two fine organs - one in the chancel (Schantz, 2000, Opus 2175, 3 manuals, 45 stops, 58 ranks, specifications) and an antiphonal one in the balcony (Nichols & Simpson, 2017, 2 manuals, 11 stops, 13 ranks, specifications). They are wonderful contributions to the worship life of the parish, chapel for Grace-St. Luke's School, and for a host of musical programs offered for the community. Music at Grace-St. Luke's and the exquisite architecture, including the altar, windows, and wood, are enriched in unimaginable ways by these instruments made possible to the glory of God. For more information, contact Director of Music and Organist Patrick Scott (pscott [at] gracestlukes [dot] org).