Saint Dunstan was renowned for his love of music, and music plays an important and valued part in the services at St. Dunstan’s. Our music program offers parishioners opportunities to sing in two different choirs:
The Parish Choir is open to all parishioners who enjoy singing. The choir sings every Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. service September to June, and at other special services throughout the year. The repertoire ranges from plainsong and a cappella motets to contemporary anthems. Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m., with warm-up at 9:00 a.m. Sunday mornings.
The Chorister Choir is open to children in Grades 2 through 7. They participate in occasional Sunday services, and the annual Christmas Pageant.
On occasion, guest vocalists are hired to support choral singing or to sing solos for special services. Also, guest instrumentalists are sometimes hired and parishioners who are skilled at various instruments are invited to share their musical talents in special services, such as Christmas or Easter services.
With a clarity and gravity of sound, our organ enlivens the resonant sanctuary of St. Dunstan’s and suitably supports choral and congregational singing. Being a tracker/mechanical action instrument with particular pipe speech and tuning makes the organ ideal for playing Baroque repertoire. It is traditional that the congregation is seated for the playing of the organ postlude which concludes the service each week.
It is notable that St. Dunstan’s uses no microphones in the sanctuary. It is an intimate yet reverberant space which supports good singing and elocution in liturgy.