Music Ministry

Music is at the heart of Ladue Chapel!

Vigorous hymn singing is a tradition within the congregation, and worshippers are constantly uplifted by the variety of musical offerings each Sunday.

The changing faces of the liturgical year are celebrated in widely differing musical styles from many historical periods.

The number of hours spent at church by our dedicated choir members is truly impressive. By fostering high standards of attendance and commitment, the program encourages a feeling of priority for church activities and a rewarding stewardship of time and talent.

Consider becoming a member of our musical family!

Upcoming Events and Concerts

The Music Ministry of Ladue Chapel offers you the means to let music be part of your gift to God. Indeed, there is a place for all ages to share in the joys of serving God through music! We offer great opportunities for spiritual, personal, and musical growth as you develop creative expression, self-discipline, and cooperation within a nurturing atmosphere of love and joy through music and fellowship. Our highly trained and experienced directors will provide you with strong leadership, challenging and satisfying musical experiences, and will encourage friendship and fellowship.

Handbell and Vocal Choirs

Chancel Choir:
Rehearses on Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. during the program year. The 50-voice Chancel Choir sings weekly at the second service and also sings at the first service several times per year. The Chancel Choir is open to men and women, with no audition required. This choir sings a variety of sacred music from the sixteenth century through the present day and normally presents two larger works with orchestral accompaniment each season.

Carol Choir:
This choir is filled with 3rd through 6th graders and rehearses on Monday afternoons as part of our Monday Music and More program.

Chorister Choir:
This choir is filled with Kindergarten through 2nd graders and rehearses on Monday afternoons as part of our Monday Music and More program.

Chapel Ringers Handbell Choir:
The Chapel Ringers meet Thursdays from 6:30 until 7:15 p.m. in the Fireside Room.
Chapel Ringers is for adult ringers, ringing intermediate and early advanced repertoire. They ring several times throughout the year.

Musical Instruments

Ladue Chapel is blessed to have the resources of several musical instruments that are used daily in rehearsal, teaching, and worship.

Our new organ, Schoenstein & Co.’s Opus 167, was first used for worship on October 25, 2015, and dedicated on March 6, 2016, in recital by Scott Dettra. The organ was featured on the cover of the January 2016 edition of The American Organist, the journal of the American Guild of Organists. Click here to read the organ specifications and click here to read the articles from The American Organist.

The Möller Pipe Organ located in Woods Chapel contains 6 ranks of pipes and was installed in 1957.

The sanctuary piano is a Baldwin grand, and we have other pianos in the Choir Room, Fireside Room, and Fellowship Hall.

The one-manual, two-stop harpsichord was crafted by local builder Peter Tkach.

Ladue Chapel is fortunate to have 6½ octaves of Schulmerich handbells, including the C2 (nicknamed “Charlie”), which weighs over 16 pounds. Additionally we have a 3-octave set of Whitechapel handbells and 4½ octaves of handchime instruments.

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about our newest organ here:

We also have a full range of Orff-Schulwerk percussion instruments (xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels), two Yamaha pedal timpani, and an amazing assortment of non-tuned percussion instruments.

Music Staff
David Erwin, Minister of Music
Anne Peacock, Director of Spiritual Life & Assistant Organist