The Mission of the Music Program at Saint Luke’s is to glorify God, to proclaim the Word through fine choral, organ, and piano music, to inspire enthusiastic and uplifting congregational singing, to minister to the hearts and minds of the congregation, and to provide musical opportunities for the greater community.
We are blessed to have an outstanding duo of skilled musicians to serve as our musical leaders: Organist Kay Houser and Choir Master Dennis Houser.
Kay has been playing piano at age 5 and played the organ for Christ the King Lutheran Church for three years in Mankato, Minnesota while in High School. Throughout the years, piano has been her primary instrument. She worked in the accounting field for twenty years before returning to school to become a physician. Her major was molecular biology with a MD degree from UC Davis, in CA. Her primary practice was in Whittier, California with a medical specialty in Gynecological Surgery. She is retired from Chino Valley Medical Center and is now focusing on music performance.
Since moving to Prescott in 2011, Kay has been singing with the Prescott Chorale and the Camarata Singers, and has accompanied many singers including several YC faculty members and YC choral groups. She has performed as a vocal soloist and she sang with the YC performance of Mikado and Hansel and Gretel. She serves on the Prescott Chorale Board of Directors as Secretary.
Dennis Houser has been in been in professional music for over 50 years as a music educator, performer, and conductor. His experiences include conducting with the Pacific Chorale, the Orange County Master Chorale, plus guest conducting throughout the United States and in other countries. Houser has been featured as guest soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Chorale, William Hall Chorale, Orange County Master Chorale, plus numerous other guest artist appearances. Houser has served as guest clinician in over 200 music festivals nationwide. He also serves as the conductor of the Master Chorale of Yavapai College.
The Choir of Saint Luke’s, noted for its inspiring choral offerings, is comprised of approximately 30 voices. It leads the congregational singing and sings an anthem at the 10:00 am worship service and at other special services from August through June. Its repertoire ranges from traditional Anglican to spirituals.
Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm during the months of September through May. Interested singers who would like to audition are urged to contact Music Director, Dennis Houser at 778-4499.
St. Luke’s Ringers is a three octave handbell choir that meets Monday afternoons, 4:30-6:00 pm, from late August through May. They ring about once a month for worship with extra ringing at Christmas and Easter. Music reading is very helpful. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jim Klein at 928-445-7215.
For additional information about the Music Program at Saint Luke’s, please contact Dennis Houser at 778-4499 (church) or at firstname.lastname@example.org .