Music

At Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, music is one of the ways we preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our primary instrument is the voice of the congregation, expressed in congregational song. We sing music of “all times and places,” finding our songs in the richness of our tradition and heritage, and across the tapestry of contemporary and world music cultures. The hymnals of our church are the main, but not exclusive, source of our song: Lutheran Book of Worship (1978), With One Voice (1995), Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), and All Creation Sings (2020).

Our Instrumental Resources Include:

• Pipe organ, tracker action, one manual/8 ranks, by Hutchings-Plaisted of Boston, 1875, rebuilt by Jeremy Cooper of Concord, New Hampshire, in 1979. The organ was relocated to Our Saviour’s from the former Ascension Lutheran Church of Glendale, New York, in 2014.
• Yamaha grand piano, model C5, 1998.
• Harpsichord, French single manual, by Willard Martin of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1988.
• Percussion instruments including drum set, congas, and various hand percussion.

Our Music Makers Include:

Adult Choir, singers who meet regularly to practice for leadership roles in our congregational singing. Currently (2021) that responsibility includes recording and video for distanced and online church services.

Youth Choir, singers who met (pre-pandemic) to practice regularly for the development of vocal and musicianship skills and performed in church services. Currently their responsibility is centered on individual performance for distanced and online church services. In pre-pandemic years, the Youth Choir program included a summer day of Choir Camp for fun and learning.

Violin Ensemble, a sub-group of our Youth Choir members who practice regularly to perform music for distanced and online worship services and, when appropriate, for outdoor performance.

Children’s Hymn Sing (pre-pandemic) met on Sunday mornings before Sunday School to introduce our youngest members to our church’s song.

Artist-in-Residence, violinist Josué Bustamante performs as both a soloist and ensemble player for church services and special programs. He currently teaches and coaches members of our Violin Ensemble.

Special Music Programs: As our resources permit, we provide opportunities for singers and instrumentalists to perform in church services and special programs. In recent years this has included string ensembles, wind instrument soloists, a band for accompaniment of popular song styles, and gathering our returning young adult musicians for Christmas Eve performances. To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 we performed an unpublished musical, Martin Luther, Rebel Priest by the late composer Carmino Ravosa. Members of our Youth Choir have participated (2016-2020) in the selective national choirs sponsored annually by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), bringing their learning back to enrich our own choir program. We have sponsored community singing events led by distinguished musicians including, most recently, composer/conductor Nick Page of Boston.

Music Staff and Associates

Alice Caldwell, Music Director/Cantor since 2005, is a “cradle” Lutheran who first experienced the joy of group singing in Sunday School singalongs. Her experience as a church musician includes positions with the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, and other Lutheran churches. Alice completed majors in organ performance and music history at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, then continued her education in historical musicology, earning a Ph.D. in music history at New York University. She maintains a research interest in the music of the worldwide Moravian Church through editing, writing and presenting. Following studies at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford, Alice became a certified pre-K through grade 12 music educator and taught general and vocal music at Redding Elementary School for eighteen years. Most recently she has been an adjunct professor of music history at the University of Bridgeport. Her professional affiliations include the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the American Guild of Organists, and the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

Josué Bustamante, Artist-in-Residence, has been affiliated with our music program since 2017, starting as a Music Intern. Josh is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport, where he majored in music education and violin performance. At Our Saviour’s he enriches our program as a guest performer and teaches violin students privately. Josh also teaches for the Fairfield and Bridgeport public schools.

Music Intern (currently vacant). For many years, Our Saviour’s has sponsored young musicians engaged in college-level study of music while participating in our music program. Music Interns perform occasionally in our church services and may help to mentor our younger musicians. During summer breaks we help them present a concert to benefit their studies and to showcase their progress.

For more information, please contact Dr. Alice Caldwell, our music director, through the church office.

•Soli Deo Gloria•

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
— Psalm 95:2

Come Visit Us!

We hold a worship service every Sunday morning at 10:00 (9:30 in the summer)

Have Questions?

Call us at 203.255.0545
The church office is open from 9am - 2pm, Monday through Thursday.