The music program at St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene is a visible and audible presence of ministry. The program is under the direction of the parish's Director of Music, Dr. Christopher Petit. Two Saints' YouTube channel showcases some services and music programming.
The Director of Music works with the priest in charge to plan music for the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Liturgy and rehearses with the choirs to lead the congregation in song and worship. The Adult Choir rehearses weekly and sings every Sunday from September until June.
E.M. Skinner built the magnificent three-manual pipe organ at Two Saints in 1925. This instrument is in excellent condition, and continues to lead the parish in its singing to this day. The specification of our fine instrument can be found here.
The Children's Choir often rehearses before the service and performs during the Liturgy of the Table.
The musical traditions of Two Saints reflect the heritage that has come to us from both the old St. Luke's Church and the former Church of St. Simon Cyrene, as well as the mutually formed tradition since the parishes were merged. Drawing from the broad traditions of the Anglican church, the music program of our parish celebrates and utilizes a great deal of diversity: everything from Gregorian chant to Gospel.
We feel strongly that the diversity of our musical tradition provides an element of constancy in our weekly worship. Whether prayerful, contemplative, jubilant or meditative, our choirs and congregation are faithful in the expression of showing God’s Love to us through music and song.
We are pleased during the choir season to have four students sing with us as the Robert O. Moore Choral Scholars. Robert Moore was a long-term member of the Two Saints Choir, and the St. Simon's Choir before that. This program is funded by special contributions from parishioners and others.
Our Music Program is generously supported by the John and Nicky Harmon Fund for Music at Two Saints.
If you would like to get involved with the music program, please contact our Director of Music, Christopher Petit.
Christopher Petit received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. From Akron, Ohio, he earned a BA in Art History from the College of Wooster. At Wooster, he was awarded a grant to travel to France for his thesis on the liturgical use and iconography of the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral. Also at Wooster, he began organ studies with John Russell and studied piano with Brian Dykstra.
After working as a tennis instructor in Ohio, Chris came to Rochester for his Master’s degree in organ performance. He was awarded third prize in the 2008 Dublin International Organ Competition, was a finalist in the 2009 Kotka International Organ Competition, Finland, a semi-finalist in the 2013 Westfield International Organ Competition, and was the first recipient of Eastman’s Barnes Award for pipe organ performance. Chris’ studies at Eastman gave him the opportunity to be a part of the installation of two of Rochester’s most beautiful pipe organs: the Italian Baroque Organ in the Memorial Art Gallery, and the Craighead-Saunders Organ at Christ Church, Episcopal. He authored the liner notes to the inaugural recording of the Craighead-Saunders Organ (Loft Recordings, 2011), and, in his doctoral research, identified the Italian Baroque Organ’s painted figure as Saint Andrew, thus allowing him to trace the instrument’s origins to Amalfi, Italy.
Chris is blessed with the opportunity to work as music director with the leaders and members of the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene. In addition, he is director of the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus (GVOC), director of choirs at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the organist for the University of Rochester’s Protestant Chapel Community, a member of Christ Church Episcopal’s Schola Cantorum, an accompanist for the Eastman Community Music School, and a freelance performer on organ, harpsichord, and piano.