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 Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music.


Martin Luther

Our Saviour's has a long and rich history of outstanding church music.

We continue to build upon our great foundation and we are committed to musical excellence as our appropriate offering to God in worship.

Our music is scripturally grounded and reflects the liturgical theme of each particular Sunday or season of the church year.

Music, especially singing, has been linked to our story as God's people. Mary and Simeon sang songs of thanksgiving. The Israelites sang after their deliverance from Egypt. David sang during times of rejoicing and times of trouble.

Luther regarded music as a gift, one of the principles of music listed in Principles for Worship: "God creates music as part of the whole creation and gives it to humankind to develop and shape". We receive music as a gift of God.

Music contributes to the spiritual formation of the assembly itself and its individual members. Music proclaims the Word and shows forth Christ, rather than drawing attention to itself.

We have musical ensembles for all ages. Below you will find details about all of the opportunities in music ministry. If you are interested in joining any of our ensembles, please contact Susan Wilson, Minister of Music, at swilson@lutherantucson.orgSoli Deo Gloria!

Latest Updates

David Barford, Guest Oboist, October 22 at 9:00 a.m.

October 20, 2017

Join us this Sunday, October 22 at the 9:00 a.m. service to hear music played by guest oboist, David Barford. David will be playing the beautiful “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Morricone. He’ll also play during communion and for the postlude. Welcome David!

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Welcome Artists in Residence – Monsoon Brass

September 28, 2017

  Introducing Monsoon Brass, Artists in Residence, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church!           From Luther’s time onward, the Protestant church has taken seriously its role in the formation of musicians. In this same spirit, our church is excited to be selected as the home of the Monsoon Brass for the 2017-2018 choir…

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Happiness is…

August 31, 2017

Happiness is welcoming back our Choral Scholars this September. Choral scholars sing with the Chancel Choir and provide leadership by leading sectionals, cantoring, singing solos, helping with conducting, and by becoming an integral part of the church community. This 2017-2018 season we have Elizabeth Seal, soprano, Gwyn Morneault, alto, Christian Giddings, tenor and Ben Nichols,…

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Chancel Choir
Children's Choir
Handbell Choir
Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is primarily a volunteer choir made up of all ages of adults. The choir includes singers of varying skill levels. These are people who love to sing, wish to develop their musical skills, and desire to use their gifts of song to the worship of God.

The choir sings for the 9:00 a.m. Traditions service September thru May. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

In addition to Sunday services, the choir presents an annual service of Advent/Christmas music, as well as a spring Hymn Festival. The choir season begins with an annual fall choir retreat.

Children's Choir

Our children's choir program is currently offered for children 4 years old - 8th grade. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Activity Building, Room 9, which is the children's choir room.

The curriculum is drawn from Choristers Guild and Growing in Grace. Children learn music theory, develop their singing voices and rhythmic skills, learn anthems and learn about the liturgical seasons of the church year. Time is also spent playing ORFF instruments and choir chimes.

The Cherub Choir is for ages 4 years old through 2nd grade. The Treble Choir is for ages 3rd grade through 8th grade. Children sing at the 9:00 a.m. Traditions Service during Advent, on Palm Sunday, as well as at the spring Hymn Festival. The children's choir year runs from September through early May.

Handbell Choir

handbells-300x146The Handbell Choir is a volunteer ensemble that is currently ringing three octave of handbells and choir chimes. No experience is necessary in order to ring in this group. All that's needed is a willingness to work hard and learn. New ringers are always welcome.

Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Consistent attendance at weekly rehearsals is expected.

This ensemble rehearses September through early May. The group rings several times a year at both the 7:30 a.m. and the 9:00 a.m. Sunday worship services.

Recorder Consort
Instrumental & Accompanist
Choral Scholars
Artists in Residence
Recorder Consort

The Our Saviour's Recorder Consort is made up of church members and community friends, playing a full range of recorder instruments. The ensemble rehearses on Monday evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the Activity Building Café. The group plays in the 9:00 a.m. Traditions worship service throughout the year. Rehearsals for this ensemble take place year round.

For more information regarding this ensemble or if you are interested in playing, contact the group's director Kathie Miller at kmmmiller@hotmail.com.

Instrumental & Accompanist

If you play an instrument there are many opportunities to provide music in worship. Players are needed to provide hymn descants, accompany anthems, play preludes and offertories, and accompany soloists. Please contact Susan Wilson, Minister of Music, to arrange a rehearsal time and to select music.

Choral Scholars

Our Saviour's is fortunate to have four choral scholars from the University of Arizona sing with our Chancel Choir. Scholars are selected in August through an audition process and once selected, sing with the choir September through May. Scholars sing solos, lead sectionals, direct when needed, and provide leadership in small ensembles. They are an integral part of the church and choir community.

Artists in Residence

From Luther’s time onward, the Protestant church has taken seriously its role in the formation of musicians. In this same spirit, our church is excited to be selected as the home of the Monsoon Brass for the 2017-2018 choir season. Just as the city of Tucson is dependent on the monsoon to bring us water, the church will be blessed by the musical nourishment of this brass ensemble that is comprised of some of the finest musicians in the state of Arizona.

This newly formed ensemble includes the following players: Jason Carder and Betsy Bright, trumpets, Victor Valenzuela, French Horn, Joseph Munoz, Trombone, and David Morgan, Tuba. The ensemble was formed this past summer.

This group of musicians will be providing musical services to the church for worship, concerts, educational presentations, and other music endeavors. 

Music Personnel for
the 2017-2018 Season

 

Chapel Communion Accompanist: Juan Montoya and Gavin Ely

Chancel Choir Accompanist: 

Choral Scholars:
Elizabeth Seal, soprano
Gwyn Morneault, alto
Christian Giddings, tenor
Ben Nichols, bass

Recorder Consort Director: Kathie Miller

Children’s Choir Accompanist: Dorothy Burke

Children’s Choir Assistant: 
Kathie Miller

Handbell Choir Assistant:

Kris Sanchez