"Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing."
Worship at St. Peter's involves much music – from the opening note of the organ prelude, to the sounding bowl calling us to centre ourselves for worship, to the enthusiastic hymn singing. In our Music Ministry Guiding Principles, developed in 2009, the over-riding theme is that "music is an essential part of worship ministry. It is critical to the atmosphere of worship and contributes greatly to the ability of worship to express the beauty, truth and goodness of God."
Our primary musical instrument is the organ but we frequently use keyboard and guitar where the style dictates. We also incorporate other instruments as needed – drums, clarinet, flute, cello, violin, among others.
St. Peter's Senior Choir has about 18 members, singing in four parts. We sing in a great variety of styles from plainchant to contemporary. Choir members are committed to singing to the very best of their ability and they are also a very congenial group who enjoy each other's company. Although we do not currently have a youth choir, our Music Director looks for opportunities for young people to sing or play musical instruments during worship.
St. Peter's choir welcomes new members. Ability to read music is an asset but not essential. If you can listen to what others are singing and follow along, you will manage. Choir rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sundays beginning after the Labour Day weekend and continuing until mid-May. Anyone wishing to sing but unable to commit to weekly rehearsals is welcome to join for blocks of time, for example the weeks leading up to Christmas. Please contact the office for more information at 204-488-8093.
St. Peter's has a bursary program in place for a student (tenor or baritone) who would like to learn about church music by singing in our choir.