Music is a living tradition at Saint Peter's. Works of master composers are cherished just as the church supports contemporary composers in their efforts to create new masterworks.
In 2017, Cantor Bálint Karosi founded the Bach Collegium at Saint Peter’s — a professional vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to authentic musical performance on period instruments in a worship setting, with a focus on the cantatas and passions of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. This musical community is made of both professional and amateur musicians.
The Arts / Classical
Music pervades the life of Saint Peter’s Church. Every day, voices are raised, instruments are played, beauty is created. Many traditions are honored at Saint Peter’s Church, classical music its most long-lived passion. Regularly performed in the context of the public liturgies of Saint Peter’s Church, the music of past and present masters, as well as potential masters, is also performed in concerts and recitals. In addition to the Bach Collegium, we have Saint Peter’s Choir, which holds both volunteer and paid singers. Be in touch if you are interested in joining.
Owing to Saint Peter’s Church’s commitment to both established and developing artists, classical music at Saint Peter’s Church features both amateur and professional musicians, persons trained in the best conservatories and colleges as well as those cultivated in living rooms and houses of worship across the nation.
Saint Peter’s Church is also the proud custodian of several important instruments, including two organs and five pianos. All these in their own way help lead the community’s singing, and are also in near continuous use for concerts.
The Johannes Klais Orgelbau company of Bonn, Germany installed the Sanctuary organ in 1977. It supports, inspires and embellishes the performance of liturgy at Saint Peter’s Church. It also ably serves as a major solo recital instrument, in concert with other instruments or in support of choral ensembles.
The tonal principles reflect German traditions, so as to authentically present 17th and 18th century German and related organ literature. The presence of French qualities in the tonal scheme lend support to broader literature as well. Allen Hughes of The New York Times, in praising the tonal excellence of the then newly-installed instrument writes: "New York has acquired a significant new organ."