The Church of Our Saviour


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From the Minister of Music

"Music is the soul's voice. Music engages the mind, transforms the heart and awakens the soul. It speaks for us when we have no words."

Our music program here at The Church of Our Saviour has been a part of this ministry since the very beginning; early accounts of a choir director and an organist from as early as 1872. Currently the adult choir, Our Saviour Choir is made up of volunteers and a quintet of staff singers. The choir sings on a weekly basis the principle liturgies and sings Evensongs throughout the year. We invite you to become a part of this vital ministry of music. I invite you to explore further our concert series, “Music for a Season”, the 11th Season and our pipe/digital organ.

As Episcopalians, we have a rich musical heritage. Join us and help us “praise God with all our breath.” 

Canon Philip Smith, Minister of Music & Organist

Canon Philip Smith, Minister of Music & Organist

Friends of Music

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Welcome to the Eleventh Season:  Music for a Season, 2018– 2019 Series

We invite you to become a member of the Friends of Music.

During this season, Our Saviour Choir and Guests will present three Evensongs on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. *Note this later time for our services this year. Two concerts this season: November 18, Organist, James Walker, former Minister of Music and Organist at All Saints’ Church, Pasadena and cellist, Kyle Champion, and the second, a concert for solo and duo flutes with piano and organ will be presented with flutists, Rik Noyce & Meg Griffith on January 20, 2019.

There will be the traditional Lessons and Carols that celebrates both Advent and Christmas on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 16 at 4:30 p.m. The Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2019 is a Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. Following the Festive Choral Eucharist, we will celebrate the with a traditional “party” with the “Three Kings Cake”!

All Saints’ Day and All Souls Eve, is Thursday, November 1. This will be an evening Solemn Eucharist at 7:30 p.m., with the choir and chamber orchestra. We will present the Requiem of Maurice Duruflé. We will read the names of those who have died this past year and those we remember in our lives.

Other offerings will be The Crucifixion of John Stainer, on the Second Sunday of Lent, March 17, at 4:30 p.m. During Holy Week we will once again have a Service of Tenebrae on Wednesday evening, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. and for the sixth year, a Solemn Mass on Ascension EVE, Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Your contributions make this on-going series possible. These events are totally funded through your generous offerings and your gifts to this Friends of Music Series. Your contributions may be designated as a memorial or in honor of. A notice of these designations will be printed in all programs (unless requested otherwise).

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Piano & Organ

The piano in the Choir Room is a recent gift in 2017, by a friend of this congregation, Richard Rudd. It is a 6’, 3” grand piano built by the Baldwin Piano Company. The dedication plaque reads:

In memory of Rev. William E. and Mrs. Maude E. Rudd
In honor of Canon Philip Allen Smith
By Richard A. Rudd
December 13, 2017

Our pipe organ, Austin Organs, Inc., Opus 2469, was a gift in 1965, from Mr. Edward Valentine and was designated a “Memorial to the late Rev. John H. Atwill, Rector” (1913-43). It was refurbished in 2005 by Rosales Organ Builders, Inc. and the Rodgers Instruments, LLC, and is a pipe/digital combination instrument. 


The Handbell Choir

"Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence." - J. S. Bach


Handbells have been around COS for about fifteen years. A variety of groups have played from solo to small groups to full choirs.  If you asked any handbell player they would say what an enjoyable musical activity it is.

Supporting the liturgy is a wonderful and important part of playing handbells. We do free ringing (peals), processions, solo pieces, set psalm tones, and frequently play special parts along with the choir singing.

We rehearsal once per week on Tuesday afternoons and are always reaching out hoping more will join our group, or start a new group at a different time. If you don’t know anything about music but feel the itch to play bells, please come and learn.

Alice Rucker, Handbell Choir Director

Alice Rucker, Handbell Choir Director