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Music

The St. Alban's Choir

The St. Alban’s Choir is an exciting mix of dedicated new and returning members who create a community of music specifically to enrich our musical worship.  If you have ever wanted to sing in a no-pressure and accepting environment or if you have ever wanted to just have fun with music, then come join us.  We accept all voices.  Come sing music that lifts your spirit and inspires peace in your heart and around the world.  We rehearse Thursday evenings, 7:30 – 9:30 and sing September through June.

The aim of the choir is to glorify the Lord by way of bringing His word to others in song. We believe that in turn, He will use this means to strengthen, enrich, inspire and encourage His people.  “Called” has a special meaning to each member of the St. Alban’s Choir. We believe that each member of the choir participates because they have chosen to answer a call to excellence in music for the Glory of God.

We invite anyone  to join the wonderful Music Ministry of St. Alban’s and enjoy, learn, cherish and grow as we all sing, gather and celebrate as a community. Regardless of who or what you are, it does not matter; everyone is invited.  Please contact the church office to inquire about details and membership.  A sincere and cordial welcome awaits you.

The Robert E. Gross Memorial Organ (1965)

The Robert Ellsworth Gross Memorial Organ was built by the Aeolian-Skinner Company of Boston, Mass.  Installation was completed in 1965 and it was first heard in worship on March 21, 1965.  The organ consists of three manuals (keyboards) controlling five distinct divisions (Great, Swell, Choir, Pedal, and Antiphonal).  The organ orginally contained 39 ranks (individual colors) but was later expanded to 47 ranks.  Click below for more information.

St. Alban's Organ Console

The Chapel Organ (1931)

The historic organ in the Bishop Johnson Memorial was built in 1931 by the Skinner Organ Company, the same year the chapel was completed.  This was one of Skinner's last instruments prior to its merger with the Æolian Company in 1932 (forming the Æolian-Skinner Organ Company which constructed the current organ in the church). That same year the Skinner Organ Company completed another notable (and much larger) instrument for the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.  Other significant local instruments by Skinner are UCLA's Royce Hall in 1930, Immanuel Presbyterian Church in 1927, and Pasadena First Methodist Episcopal Church (now First United Methodist Church) in 1923.

 

Although small in specification, the organ is a lovely example of the romantic and warm characteristics of Ernest M. Skinner's voices.  The organ is entirely enclosed in a single chamber behind swell shades for expression.

 

The organ has served St. Alban's well - it was moved to the new church in 1941, where it remained until it was moved back to the chapel by the end of 1964 (in anticipation of a new instrument for the church).  It functions to this day and is used for funerals, weddings, and other services in the historic chapel.

St. Alban's Chapel Organ Console
St. Alban's Organ Console