Children's Handbell Choir performing for the first time at the September 16th worship service.
Apostles' Pipe Organ Project
Wicks Pipe Organ Co. Opus 6055
Our new organ was installed at Church of the Apostles in August of 2018. Built in 1985, it was previously the antiphonal organ at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It has 5 ranks and 389 pipes – perfect for the acoustics of our sanctuary. You can hear the organ at the 9:30 Sunday morning service each week, at Evensong several times a year, and in our concert series.
The Apostles’ Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings (6:30-8 pm) and sings at the 9:30 service most Sundays between September and May. Repertoire encompasses the Anglican choral tradition, traditional spirituals, contemporary gospel, and cutting-edge new music. Guest musicians from the Arizona Repertory Singers and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra occasionally join the choir for special occasions like Choral Evensong, Christmas Eve, and Holy Week. Anyone with a love of music is invited to join the choir.
Children at Church of the Apostles receive musical training in singing and in handbells, and occasionally play and sing in worship services.
Music and the Arts at Church of the Apostles, 2019:
- March 24 at 5:30 pm - Lenten Evensong
- April 7 at 4:00 pm – Arizona Repertory Singers concert: “A New Heaven”
- April 18 Maundy Thursday at 6:00 pm – The Lamentations by Bairstow and Adagio (“Agnus Dei”) by Samuel Barber
- April 20 at 7:00 pm – The Great Vigil of Easter - include music by Mozart: a Missa brevis and a church sonata with an organ solo accompanied by a string trio from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
- May 12 (3rd Sunday of Easter) - High Tea with Hats with an informal organ recital following the 9:30 service
Dr. Elliot Jones, Director of Music Ministries
Elliot Jones holds degrees from New York University, Indiana University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Arizona. As a singer he has performed as baritone soloist and professional chorister at Exeter Cathedral, Truro Cathedral, Christ Church in Wilmington, Delaware, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, and Grace Church in New York City. As a music director and conductor he has led the Arizona Repertory Singers, the Tucson Messiah Sing-In, the Philadelphia Gay Mens Chorus, and was the founding artistic director of the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware, the state’s first GALA choir. He has also led music programs at Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church in Tucson and Asbury United Methodist Church in Delaware. He has twice conducted performances at the National Cathedral in Washington, most recently of Gregorio Allegri’s iconic work, Miserere. A passionate advocate for new music, he conducted the East-Coast premiere of Jake Heggie's Anna Madrigal Remembers (text by Armistead Maupin). The Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Weekly have described his ensemble’s performances as “powerful,” “sublime,” “outstanding,” and “chill-inducing.”
Dr. Jones has served on the music faculty at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Wesley College, Culver-Stockton College, The Music School of Delaware, and Saint Andrew's (Episcopal) School. In 1996 he was selected for the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Intern Program at Ohio State University. His students regularly win prestigious vocal competitions, have been accepted to All-State and All-Eastern Choruses, and have appeared with such performing arts organizations as the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Delaware. He is in frequent demand as an adjudicator, including the University of Arizona’s Larry Day and Marguerite Ough vocal competitions, and the University of Delaware’s concerto competition. He is the founding host/pianist at Downtown Tucson’s Piano Bar at Old Town Artisans, and his work with singers there was recently featured on National Public Radio/Arizona Public Media.