Music at St. Luke’s

The Music Ministry at St. Luke’s is vibrant, creative, and grounded in the unique Anglican heritage of music in the Episcopal Church.  From Sunday morning Eucharist to reflective Evensong services and brilliant festive occasions, our primary goal is always to support the liturgy of the church and to enable all people to experience the transcendence of the living God through music.   We are noted for our high-quality choral program and our remarkable acoustic space. In addition, our pipe organ, built in 1922 by E.M. Skinner, is often recognized as being one of the finest in the United States.  It not only provides essential and varied accompaniments and voluntaries for services but also attracts renowned recitalists.

Join the congregation at a service, attend a choral concert, or enjoy a free organ recital: there are countless ways to explore our rich and unique musical tradition.

The Choirs

St. Luke’s has a rich tradition of excellence in the teaching and performance of church music.

We have a mixed voice choir of boys, girls, men, and women.  The St. Luke’s model of choral singing, in which children sing the soprano (or treble) part, follows the 500-year-old tradition of cathedral choirs in Britain but updated to include girls as well as boys.

The choir helps to lead our worship at the 10.00 am Eucharist, as well as Evensong, special services such as Lessons and Carols, and for weddings on request.  The St. Luke’s choirs always welcome new members. If you or your child would be interested in learning more about membership in the choirs, please contact the Choirmaster.

The Trebles

St. Luke’s youth choir, known as the Trebles, offers an unparalleled opportunity to provide young singers with a free, world-class musical education.  As participants, choristers experience the English cathedral model of choral singing as they join the adults in mature, challenging, and rewarding music-making.  Our choristers receive musical training in vocal production, sight reading, music theory, and aural skills in the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) training schema.

The Trebles are a supportive community of peers all committed to the same goal. They sing great works of art and receive opportunities for tours, retreats, and concerts. The skills that these choristers develop last a lifetime and foster growth in other areas of life at a young age: leadership, commitment, focus, attention to detail, patience, teamwork, camaraderie, and a love for service.

Membership in the treble section of the St. Luke’s Choir is open to boys and girls from third grade and up. Girl trebles may remain in the choir through high school, and boy trebles may remain until their voices change (usually by grades 6-8). At that time, they may move into the tenor or bass section.

The Trebles rehearse on Mondays at 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Thursdays at 6:30 – 8:00 pm, and each Sunday morning at 8:45 am.

The Altos, Tenors, and Basses (ATBs)

St. Luke’s adult choir, known as the ATBs, consists of singers from all walks of life—students, lawyers, teachers, retirees, and businesspeople, to name a few—who share a fierce dedication to the craft of choral singing in a liturgical context and to each another. They are ordinary people who make extraordinary music.  Membership of the Choir is open to anyone who enjoys singing, although some ability to read music is desirable.

The ATBs rehearse on Thursdays at 7:00 – 8:30 pm, and each Sunday morning at 8:45 am.

The Training Choir

The Training Choir is made up of children in kindergarten through second grades. Our youngest choristers learn everything they need to know to graduate to our youth and adult choir. Training Choir rehearsals are fun! In addition to preparing songs to sing for church services, the children play many singing games and begin to learn to read music. The Training Choir sings periodically through the year at the 10:00 service.

The Training Choir rehearses on Thursdays from 5:00 – 5:40 pm during the school year.

The choir and music programs are led by two outstanding church musicians:

lewis“An erudite musician … [Lewis] impresses.”
          —John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

“Lewis is not only a first-class conductor, but was an engaging host for the proceedings, offering musical insights and anecdotes that were as entertaining as they were informative.”
          —Dennis Polkow, New City

In addition to being Choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, Andrew Lewis is also Artistic Director of Bella Voce, Music Director of the Elgin Choral Union, Founder and Artistic Director of The Janus Ensemble, a professional chamber orchestra specializing in Baroque and new music, and is on the conducting faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also Artistic Director Emeritus of the Lutheran Choir of Chicago and formerly taught conducting at DePaul University. Lewis has been a guest lecturer at Concordia University Chicago, the nationally recognized Lectures in Church Music series, Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Loyola University Chicago, and has appeared as a guest conductor with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Lewis’ performances have been heard live on 98.7WFMT.

Lewis attended Northwestern University, receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory. While still a student at Northwestern, he was provided with a scholarship to observe the rehearsals of Daniel Barenboim and Asher Fisch at the Staatsoper-Unter-den-Linden, Berlin. After college he moved to California, worked as a church musician, and was an original member of the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale of San Francisco, having sung with Baroque specialists Nicholas McGegan and John Butt. He then attended the Eastman School of Music to study choral and orchestral conducting with William Weinert and orchestral conducting with David Effron, receiving his Master of Music degree in 1998.

Lewis has also studied with conductors Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw, Robert Spano, James Paul, Gustav Meier, Stephen Cleobury, Duain Wolfe, and Dale Warland in the United States and Michel Tapachnik in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lewis is married to singer and conductor Kirsten Hedegaard. He and Kirsten have three young boys, George, William, and Henrik.

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Peter is an emerging sacred musician from Baltimore, Maryland, and was recently named one of the Organ Historical Society’s E. Power Biggs Scholars. In the Fall of 2021, Peter will be starting his studies for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois under Dr. Dana Robinson. He also holds a Master of Music in Sacred Music from East Carolina University and the Colleague Certification from the American Guild of Organists.

Accepted on a merit scholarship at the age of 16, Peter received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. While there, he studied oboe performance, music education, and conducting. A latecomer to the organ, Peter began his studies there with Donald Sutherland. During his time there, he was recipient of the Harold Randolph Prize in Performance, and can be heard playing English Horn on Peabody’s recent CD of works by Kevin Puts, conducted by Marin Alsop and released by NAXOS Records.

In 2017, Peter was organ scholar for the Royal School of Church Music training course in Charlotte, NC. Later that summer, he began serving as the first Organ & Choirmaster Fellow at Christ Church, Raleigh. At the encouragement of Prof. Andrew Scanlon, Peter began a Master of Music in Sacred Music degree at East Carolina University in Fall 2019. There, he held the Clay J.H. Endowed Organ Scholarship and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the Music Honors Society. From 2019-2021, Peter served as the Cathee Jean Huber Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, NC, working with Prof. Scanlon on the parish’s magnificent C.B. Fisk Opus 126 organ.

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