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!

Schedule

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

 

CHRISTMAS EVE
Sunday, December 24

3:00pm

Saint Cecilia and Cherub Choirs

A young-child-centered Christmas service with communion

 

5:00pm

Saint Nicholas Choir

A festive service for families with carols of the season

 

7:00pm

Saint Nicholas Choir and Schola Cantorum

A contemplative Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight

 

9:00pm

Saint Philip Singers

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

 

11:00pm

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 11:15am

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

 

Missa Trinitatis Sanctae (Mass for the Holy Trinity)
Third Sunday in Lent, March 3, 9:00 and 11:15am

The mystical vision of Francis Grier’s Missa Trinitatis Santae provides a moving accompaniment to the Lenten journey to Easter.

 Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers

Requiem for my friend, Zbigniew Preisner
Saturday Lenten Requiem
April 13, 7:00 pm

The close of the Lenten season features these ethereal works by contemporary composers Zbigniew Preisner of Poland and and Ēriks Ešenvalds of Latvia.

 

HOLY WEEK

Tenebrae
Wednesday, March 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
March 18, 7:00 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
March 19, 12:00 noon

The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday.

Staff Singers and Saint Philip’s Choristers

 

Great Vigil of Easter
Holy Saturday, March 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