The music programs at St. Clement’s are exemplary, and are overseen by Linda Gavenda, Director of Music, who has served at St. Clement’s for over thirty years.
There are two choirs at St. Clement’s:
Youth Choir (Grades 3-12)
The Youth Choir is lead by Margaret Ruenzel. It rehearses and sings each Sunday during the school year. It also supports programs put on by the Sunday School and Youth Group, and participates in special productions, including operas and musical revues.
The Adult Choir is one of St. Clement’s most beloved institutions. Talented vocalists gather each week to support services and share in the gift of music. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings, September through May. The choir is led by Linda Gavenda, St. Clement’s Music Director, and Victor Gavenda, Choirmaster.
Composed largely of volunteer singers from the congregation, the choir is supported by talented section leaders. They are Helen Hampton, soprano; Victor Gold. alto; David Morris, tenor; and Jasper Patch, Bass.
Instruments in the Sanctuary
The sanctuary at St. Clement’s is well-supplied with keyboard instruments that are used to accompany hymns, service music, and anthems, as well as to provide music for reflection and celebration. These include a two-manual pipe organ by Swain and Kates, a single-manual harpsichord by John Phillips, and an upright Yamaha piano.
Corvo String Quartet
This fine ensemble plays regularly at St. Clement’s on important feast days and other special occasions. It consists of violinists Sara Usher and Rachel Durling, violist Shira Kammen, and cellist David Morris.
The Really Terrible String Orchestra
On the third Sunday of each month, the RTSO rehearses in the Music Room in Palache Hall. Bring an instrument, stand, and your sense of humor! Under the wing of Corvo String Quartet violinist Sara Usher and cellist David Morris, and sponsored by St. Clement’s, this fun and informal gathering is for musically challenged and passionate adult string players. For more information, contact: RTSO-SFBay@comcast.net.
The music department occasionally features support from instrumentalists. Violin, Cello, Recorder, Flute, Trumpet, and Mandolin have been featured throughout the year.