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.
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.