Ask any member of St. Francis what is special about this church and music is sure to be among the top three responses. The congregation strongly appreciates our music program, which is steeped in Anglican choral tradition with offerings that span the ages from contemplative medieval plainsong to rich polyphonic music and refined contemporary commissioned works.
Our program is under the stewardship of Gary Davison, one of the pre-eminent composers and music directors in the Anglican Communion. As organist and choirmaster, Gary leads the excellent choir consisting of both volunteers and professionals, who are augmented on special occasions with additional professional singers and instrumentalists.
The St. Francis Boys and Girls Choir provides an opportunity for children, as young as second grade, to sing during services several times during the school year. High school age choral scholars sing with the adult choir. All choristers follow the Royal School of Church Music’s (RSCM) course of study all the way up to the gold ribbon, and we have been lucky to hear and see many a young person complete this journey. Under his leadership, our choir has recorded several successful CD’s. Gary’s many compositions, commissioned pieces and commercial albums are works to treasure.
The choir sings at the 9:15am service on Sundays and at the Choral Evensong series as well as some special performance and fellowship gatherings throughout the year. Our congregation robustly participates in singing and finds that music enhances our worship experience.