Music is integral to the worship and community life of Calvary Church. Music is not worshipped here, but it empowers the worship experience. While no one can define how music transforms our communal worship life, no one can deny that it happens. Music can do what ordinary words remain powerless to do: it reaches deep into our soul and moves us.

There are currently over 50 people (ages 5 to 95) singing in the choirs of Calvary. The Calvary Volunteer Adult Choir or the Calvary Choir School Choristers and Adult Schola sing for the 10 AM Solemn Eucharist each Sunday. The Calvary Choristers and Adult Schola also sing evensong once per month.  A quartet of professional singers provide choral leadership in each of the choirs.

While we have worked hard to develop our choral program here at Calvary, we believe deeply in the power of congregational singing and our choir’s primary responsibility is to lead and inspire congregational song. We use the Hymnal 1982 as our primary musical resource, but on occasion draw from other sources as well.

We greatly anticipate the installation of our new organ this spring, which is being built by the Richards-Fowkes & Co. of Ooltewah, TN.  The organ will serve to glorify God through leading congregational song and accompanying the choirs.  It will also be a tremendous musical gift to enrich the musical life of the greater Stonington area. 

If you would like more information about the music program at Calvary or would like to be added to our mailing list, please call 860-535-1181 ext. 25 or email Joseph Ripka, organist and choirmaster.

Calvary Church is also pleased to offer private music lessons through instruction at Calvary Music School.  Calvary Music School is an outreach program of Calvary Church serving over 100 students with 17 highly-trained and experienced faculty members. Please visit for more information. 

Music at Calvary

Calvary Church

27 Church Street                    Stonington, CT 06378                   860-535-1181


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