First Sunday Music and Special Services

At Saint Philip’s, we believe that music is one of many gifts that we offer together in corporate prayer. Whether singing simple hymns or raising paeans of choral singing with brass fanfares: all of our services are occasions to glorify God using all the gifts of human creativity.

In addition to choral offerings at the 9:00 and 11:15 am services on most Sundays, the Saint Philip’s Singers and Canterbury Choir offer larger liturgical masterworks on First Sundays of the month. On Third Sundays at 4:30 pm, our Saint Nicholas Choir and Schola Cantorum sing Choral Evensong, which is preceded by a brief organ recital at 4:00 pm. Please come and join us in worship!


Ramírez Misa Criolla
Benefit Concert for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos
Saturday, September 30, 7:00 PM

In collaboration with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Choir (NPH) and Folkloric Group, and the Tucson Girls’ Chorus, the choirs of Saint Philip’s will present Ariel Ramierez's Misa Criolla, a benefit concert for NPH.  All proceeds will benefit this charitable organization that supports orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.

Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers


Mass in G Major, Franz Schubert
Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels
Sunday, October 7, 9:00 and 11:15 am

The choirs of Saint Philip’s present Franz Schubert’s charming Mass in G Major, a beloved chamber setting from the Viennese repertoire.

Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers

Requiem, Maruice Duruflé
Commemoration of All Faithful Departed
All Souls’ Day, Friday, November 2, 7:00pm

Observe the moving and atmospheric celebration of All Souls Day with Maurice Duruflé’s mellifluous setting of the Requiem Mass.

Canterbury Choir

Coronation Trinity Te Deum, William Walton
All Saints' Sunday, November 4, 9:00 and 11:15 am

Mark the festival of All Saints’ Day with William Walton’s dramatic Coronation Te Deum, originally composed for the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth I in Westminster Abby.

Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers


Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140, Johann Sebastian Bach
First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 9:00 and 11:15 am

Anticipate the coming of Christ and the start of the Advent season with J. S. Bach’s cheerful and immensely popular cantata, Sleepers Wake.

Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers


Sunday, December 24


Saint Cecilia and Cherub Choirs

A young-child-centered Christmas service with communion



Saint Nicholas Choir

A festive service for families with carols of the season



Saint Nicholas Choir and Schola Cantorum

A contemplative Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight



Saint Philip Singers

Traditional Christmas Carols with brass and organ featuring Philip Stopford’s Keble Missa Brevis



Canterbury Choir

Traditional Christmas Carols with brass and organ featuring James MacMillan’s etherial Mass


The Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet
Sunday, The Epiphany, January 6, 9:00 and 11:15am

This Quintet is the premiere student performing ensemble at the University of Arizona. Its members come from some of the world’s leading music schools and are from China, Brazil, and Mexico as well as the USA. Members are Ivo Shin de Souza, Baiyu Li, Monserrat Garcia Campos, Jacob Fernandez, and Anne Cotin.


Mass for the Oppressed, Emerson Eads
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 3, 9:00 and 11:15 am

We highlight themes of social justice with this compelling mass by a young and upcoming American composer, Emerson Eads. Featuring solos by Mary Paul, Kaitlin Bertenshaw, Carlos Feliciano, and Larry Alexander.

Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers


Messe Basse, Gabriel Fauré
Third Sunday in Lent, March 3, 9:00 and 11:15 am

The soaring lyrical melodies of Gabriel Faure’s beloved “Messe basse” highlight a morning of French liturgical music that will help prepare our hearts and minds for the season of Lent.

Featuring the angelic voices of the Saint Nicholas Youth Choir, along with the combined adult choirs.

Dawning: Latvian Choral Gems
A Benefit Concert for the Saint Nicholas Choir’s 2019 U.K. Residency
Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 7, 2:00 pm

During the last decade, the Latvian choral tradition has exploded onto the international music scene. To honor this wonderfully relevant music, Saint Philip's Choirs and Chamber Orchestra will perform a stunning new passion by the Latvian composer, Ēriks Ešenvalds. His Passion and Resurrection tells the familiar biblical story, but through a distinctively female perspective, embodied here by the angelic voice of Mary Paul. Pēteris Vasks’ Plainscapes and Gerald Finzi’s Eclogue for Piano and Strings – led from the piano by Justin Appel – round out an atmospheric, moving program. Not to be missed!


This is a ticketed fund-raising event that will support our Saint Nicholas Choristers’ residency at Ely Cathedral this summer. Tickets are $40 per person. Reception will follow the event.


Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 pm

One of the most dramatic ancient liturgies of Holy Week, in which the ancient psalms and anthems are sung as we move from light to the darkness of the tomb.

Canterbury Choir


Maundy Thursday
April 18, 6:00 pm

The liturgy of the Three Holy Days (Triduum) begins with this powerful service commemorating the Last Supper.

Saint Philip’s Singers Sopranos and Altos


Good Friday
April 19, 12:00 noon

The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday.

Staff Singers and Saint Philip’s Choristers


Great Vigil of Easter
Holy Saturday, April 20, 8:00 pm

The Lighting of the New Fire, with the readings of the Old Testament and Psalms culminate in the Glory of the Easter proclamation, including James MacMillan’s marvelous Mass.

Saint Nicholas Choir and Schola Cantorum


Easter Day
Five Mystical Songs, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Sunday, April 21, 9:00 and 11:15 am

This Easter, celebrate the feast of Christ’s resurrection with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ immortal song cycle for baritone and chorus, setting four brilliant poems by George Herbert.

Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers


Favorite Anthems with Brass and Organ
Saint Philip’s Sunday, May 5, 9:00 and 11:15 am

This Saint Philip’s Day, the choirs of Saint Philip’s return to favorite anthems for organ and brass, including Parry’s I was glad, and Vaughan Williams’ O clap your hands.

Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers