Leading in Worship

From September to June the St. James’ adult choir provides music for the 10:15 am Eucharist, as well as special events such as Advent Lessons and Carols and Holy Week services. The choir is open to all who have a sincere desire to assist in leading sung worship; previous vocal experience is helpful but not necessary. The choir rehearses upstairs in St. James’ choir room from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Wednesdays, and from 9:00 to 9:45 am on Sundays before the 10:15 am Eucharist.

During the summer months (June through August), all are welcome to sing with the choir on a drop-in basis. If you have ever thought about singing in a choir, this is a relaxed, low commitment opportunity to try! The choir meets in the sanctuary at 9:30 am each Sunday.

Sample Repertoire

  • Ash Wednesday: Miserere Mei, Gregorio Allegri
  • Palm Sunday: Ave Verum Corpus, William Byrd
  • Maundy Thursday: Drop Slow Tears, Kenneth Leighton; And Can it Be, Dan Forrest
  • Good Friday: LA Baroque collaboration with eight professional soloists for St. John Passion, Heinrich Schutz; Reproaches, Tomas Luis de Victoria
  • Great Vigil: God so Loved the World, John Stainer; The Dawning, Richard Webster
  • Easter Sunday: Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven, W.K. Stanton; Sing Allelu, Ruth Elaine Schram (sung by the St. James’ Choristers)
  • All Saints: And I Saw a New Heaven, Edgar L. Bainton; Precious Lord, Thomas Dorsey, arr. Arnold Sevier
  • Christ the King: Unclouded Day, Shawn Kirchner
  • Advent Lessons and Carols: Ave Maria, Sergei Rachmaninoff; Hymn to the Virgin, Benjamin Britten
  • Christmas Eve: Hallelujah from Messiah, G.F. Handel; In the Bleak Midwinter, Harold Darke

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Music Staff

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Sarah Gonzalez

Music Director

A Chicago native, Sarah Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in choral music from the University of Southern California.  Currently, she is the Director of Choirs at the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana.  As a choral singer, Sarah has sung with the USC Chamber Singers for conductors Paul Salamunovich and Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, the Westminster Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Joe Miller, and currently she sings with the Horizon Chamber Choir of Los Angeles. 

After singing in the St. James choir as the alto section leader for almost four years, she is humbled to serve as the Music Director. Of the position, Sarah says she is so happy to have found her Southern California home at St. James’ South Pasadena.