Music

The Holy Spirit Choir

This all-volunteer choir of over 35 members sings weekly at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service September-May, and for special services throughout the year, including the Festival of Lessons and Carols the evening of Advent IV. Our choir received the "Best of Missoula" title in July 2014, 2013 and 2012, as well as in 2010, and 2006-2008. You can read about the award here.

Dr. Nancy Cooper (at right) is the organist and choir director, and has held this position at Holy Spirit since 1992. Dr. Cooper has her doctorate in music from the Eastman School of Music, and is also a member of the music faculty at The University of Montana in Missoula.

Those interested in joining the choir are invited to contact Nancy to schedule a chat/audition; you can email her at , contact the church office, or speak to her after church on Sunday mornings.

Click here to hear the choir performing "Blues Benediction," composed by organist and choir director Nancy Cooper featuring soloist Steven Clark, our former John Ellis intern. (Blues Benediction, copyright 2010 Nancy Cooper, used by permission.)

Click here for a video of the choir presenting the Story of Creation or click here to see the Parting of the Red Sea, presented as part of our Passport to the Bible Sunday.

 

The Holy Spirit Organorgan with choir_crop

Holy Spirit is home to a glorious two-manual, mechanical-action instrument installed by Richard Bond Organ Builders in 1999. Occasional organ concerts are offered, and have featured guest organists including Marilyn Keiser, Doug Cleveland, Bruce Neswick, and Charles Tompkins. 

The John Ellis Endowment for Liturgical Music was established in 1996 to honor the memory of our longtime organist John Ellis, a renowned performer on the organ, carillon, and harpsichord, and a dedicated and beloved teacher and mentor to organists in the Northwest. The Endowment's presentations over the years have included holiday and summer programs, concerts, and recitals by nationally and internationally renowned organists. The Endowment has also provided internships to promising young musicians at The University of Montana.