St. Andrew’s Church, Pittsburgh, PA

St. Andrew’s present church building (our third) was consecrated in 1906 and is built in the Gothic Revival style. The four manual E. M. Skinner organ was built in 1913 and rebuilt in 1992. Among its more unusual features are a full-length 32’ Contra-Trombone and a Tuba Mirabilis patterned after the great English builder “Father” Willis.

Music at St. Andrew’s follows the historic tradition of sacred music in the church offered to the glory of God. Our repetoire draws from the rich heritage of Anglican composers from
Tallis and Purcell to Stanford and Howells, along with other composers from all centuries. While aspiring to the highest possible artistic standards, our music is a performance only in the sense of the words of Psalm 65:1: “to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem.”

St. Andrew’s music staff consists of the Organist/Choirmaster, the Associate Organist/Choirmaster and the Music Assistant. The Choir members come from all areas of greater Pittsburgh and bring with them a wide range of musical interests and abilities. On special occasions, other members of the community join the St. Andrew’s Choir for larger choral works such as Bach’s “Magnificat,” Faure’s “Requiem” and Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols.”

Worship at St. Andrew’s is in the broad church tradition of the Anglican Communion. Choral Morning Prayer (Rite I) is offered at 11:00 a.m. on all Sundays except for the first of the
month. Both Anglican Chant and choral settings of the Canticles are used. On the first Sunday of the month, Holy Communion is celebrated (either Rite I or Rite II) at the 11 a.m. service. A spoken Holy Communion is celebrated in the Chapel on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m. Choral Evensong is sung on the first Thursday of each month at 8 p.m., followed by a brief recital and a reception hosted by the Music Guild.

Sound Files

Psalm 72 (plainsong)

Dix. Words: “As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold.”

 

Introduction to Morning and Evening Prayer

Sound File Index

 

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