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Parish Choir
The Parish Choir is one of the most highly regarded church choirs in the greater Hampton Roads region. Though the choir is largely volunteer, most of its members have had extensive training or experience as choral and solo singers, many on the professional level. Its repertoire extends from medieval chant to 21st century anthems and motets. The choir is by audition for singers ranging from high school and up.

The Parish Choir sings each Sunday at the 10:15 a.m. service and at other special services during the year. Rehearsals are Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m., Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., and as needed during the program year. Non-singing choir volunteers may also participate in this ministry by assisting in various fundraising events and other administrative and management areas, such as the care of vestments and music library work.

The Chorister Program
Do you know a child who likes to sing? All children ages 8-18, regardless of musical experience, are welcome to join the Youth Choir. We rehearse on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m., with an optional supper afterwards. Affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music, the chorister program offers a comprehensive musical education to young people, giving them an opportunity to learn and sing musical repertoire from the middle ages to the present day.  Contact Kevin Kwan for more information.

Click here to listen to music sung by the Choirs of Christ and St. Luke's.

Sacred Music in a Sacred Space Concert Series

Christ and St. Luke's offers many special concerts and programs throughout the year through its concert series Sacred Music in a Sacred Space.  Special services and concerts by church musicians, local professional musicians, and visiting artists are presented to the community many free of charge.  For a complete listing of the season, please click here.

Musikgarten
Christ and St. Luke's is proud to offer Musikgarten to children ages 0-5 and their parents.  This nationally recognized curriculum introduces children to music and movement, using instruments, toys, and dance.  30-40 minute classes take place each Saturday throughout the semester.  For more information about this program, please call the Church Office at 757-627-5665.
Instruments

The first recorded pipe organ in Norfolk was at Christ Church.  Subsequently, Christ Church had fine organs made by top builders of the day, including Thomas Hall, Henry Erben, and Hook and Hastings.  Austin Organ opus 619 served the Parish in the current building for many years, replacing an organ that was destroyed by a church fire shortly after the church was built.

The current organ was built in 1963 by the French-Canadian firm Casavant Frères and subsequently rebuilt and enlarged in 1996 by Orgues Létourneau. With over 70 ranks and nearly 4,000 pipes, the pipe organ at Christ and St. Luke’s is one of the largest in the Hampton Roads region. The organ is situated high up in chambers on both sides of the divided chancel. There are non-speaking façade pipes in the back of the nave from the previous Austin organ.  Click here a full organ specification.

Alongside our organ in the sanctuary, we have a beautiful Steinway D concert grand piano, one of the finest instruments in the area. The church also owns a three octave set of Schulmerich handbells. 

Parish Musicians

Kevin Kwan, Organist & Director of Music 
Only the fifth person to hold the position since 1889, Kevin Kwan received his degrees from the University of California, San Diego and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Todd Wilson. Upon completion of his studies, Mr. Kwan served as Organ Scholar at Gloucester Cathedral. Whilst in England, he enjoyed two international tours with the Choir of Men and Boys, was featured live on BBC Radio, and played piano with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the historic Three Choirs Festival. Most recently, Mr. Kwan served as Assistant Organist at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York City, where he worked daily with the renowned Choir of Men and Boys under the direction of John Scott. He also served as the Head of Instrumental Music at Saint Thomas Choir School, where he oversaw a comprehensive music education program.
 
As a recitalist, Mr. Kwan has performed solo recitals in many prestigious venues, including Lichfield, Truro, Bristol, Westminster and Gloucester Cathedrals, as well as Bath Abbey and Westminster Abbey. In the summer of 2010, he played before a capacity audience at Passau Cathedral, Germany.  Contact Kevin here.

Marjorie Setnicky, Assistant Organist
Marjorie has a background in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music (preparatory department) and Music Education from Bowling Green State University. Marjorie studied piano with Francis Burnett, harpsichord with Dr. Vincent Corrigan, and organ with Dr. Allen Shaffer. She has a large piano studio as well as Musikgarten for babies and toddlers. Marjorie is a clinician for the regional American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, performs actively with Tapestry, a small ensemble and solo-ringing performance group, and served as the conductor of the Virginia Handbell consort 2001-2003. Contact Marj here.

Former Organists

William Allen Shaffer, Organist and Music Director Emeritus (1989-2012)
Henry Faivre, Assistant Organist (2000-2007)
Grover John Oberle (1958-1989)
George Maxon Vail (1928-1958)
John Jacob Miller (1889-1928)
Philip Masi (?1858-1889)
Fritz Jones (?1854-1858)
James H. Swindell (?1800-1820s)

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The Choir singing at Gloucester Cathedral in 2016.

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The Youth Choristers sing during Christmastide.

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The Parish Choir at St. Thomas Church, New York City in July 2015.

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Two young instrumentalists