The Church of the Redeemer has a long tradition of strong liturgical music (including Pittsburgh’s last choir of men and boys, disbanded in the 1970’s), and is blessed with many talented musicians willing to share their gifts. Led by Organist-Choirmaster Dr. Ann Labounsky, the music program aims to enhance worship by engaging all generations in music to sing out in prayer, meditation and God’s praise.
The Sunday Choir
The Sunday choir sings repertoire from Tudor England to contemporary times. Their season lasts from September until Trinity Sunday each year. They also participate in other liturgical events, including Redeemer’s much-anticipated Easter Vigil service. The Choir at Redeemer also gets out in the Diocesan community, lending their voices to the Absalom Jones service, and occasionally collaborating with other parishes for Evensong or Lessons and Carols.
The Friends of Music at Redeemer
The Friends of Music at Redeemer is a donor program that supports both the Sunday worship music and the concert series, Renaissance at Redeemer. The series features three to four concerts a year, the highlight being the annual celebration of Bach’s Birthday, featuring organists, instrumentalists, and choristers from throughout Pittsburgh.
About the Organ
The organ at Redeemer was installed by Gress-Miles in 1979, although never completed. Between 2006 and 2009 significant and sufficient funds were donated to rebuild. Peter Luley of Luley and Associates completed the rebuilding in 2012. The major changes include a new oboe at 4,’ 8,’ and 16,’ a redesigned console with draw knobs at a 45 degree angle, a 21-level memory bank, new wiring, and revoiced pipework.
For more information, please contact Ann Labounsky.