There are four ensembles that present music in liturgy throughout the year: The Senior Choir, the Bell Choir, The 5:00 Ensemble, and the resident orchestra Ensemble San Lucas. As a congregation, we are blessed to have such fine musicians in our midst who contribute their time and talent to our worship life.
The Senior Choir rehearses on Thursday nights in the gallery from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. This ensemble sings for the 10:15 liturgy from September through May. The Senior Choir presents a wide variety of repertoire from traditional hymns to new music written especially for them.
The Bell Choir meets on Thursday nights at 6:30 PM and performs about 6 times a year. As the ensemble is small but highly skilled, most of the music they play is composed for them by the congregation's resident composers.
The 5:00 Ensemble serves as liturgy leaders for the Saturday Evening service. In the last year, the ensemble has consisted of a small ensemble which includes piano, guitar, flutes and string instruments who help to lead the congregation in the hymns for worship.
Ensemble San Lucas is a professional ensemble of orchestral musicians hired from the finest players in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe orchestral communities. Resident performers are David Felberg & Nicolle Maniaci–violins, Cherokee Randolph–viola, Eric Walters–cello, Derek DeVelder–double bass.
St. Luke has also hosted local and national ensembles and performers such as the Chatter String Quartet, the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, the Waldorf College Choir, the Gustavus Adolphus Choir, and The American Guild of Organists–Albuquerque Chapter.
Our fine pipe organ was built by Casavant Frères Limitee in Quebec in 1999 and is considered one of the finest instruments in the city. More information, including a specification list, recordings, and photos are found here.
St. Luke's Steinway piano was built in 1897 and fully restored in 1990. It was acquired by the congregation in 2013 and is regularly hard in liturgy and concert.