Since its earliest days, the Church has understood that music is integral to spiritual and liturgical life. Music serves the church and parish in many important ways - to sing our praises to God, to beautify and add a wonderful solemnity and joy to our liturgies, and to help people pray. We can come to church in joy, trouble, or feeling depressed or unwell, and music can lift our souls far beyond our earthly cares and to the very throne of God. Music shakes the very dust off our souls!
Music at St. Cornelius’ Episcopal Church is drawn from the Anglican musical tradition, a rich heritage reaching back through history from ancient chants to modern compositions.
Our services are enhanced by dedicated choir members, choral scholars, and cantors. Whether through singing hymns or chanting Psalms, music is central to the liturgical life of SCEC.
Music also spreads the message of Christ and can lead others to the church, whether through an organ recital, instrumental concert, or our voices joined in song.
The Casavant Frères Opus 3935 Pipe Organ
In 2018, St. Cornelius' Episcopal Church commissioned Casavant Frères of Quebec to design, build, and install a pipe organ to complement the church’s unique historical architecture.
Casavant's architects and tonal designers worked for several months to create an instrument that suited the musical and aesthetic requirements of the church. The resulting world-class pipe organ was dedicated on October 24, 2019, by Dr. Jan Kraybill. The organ is played at every Sunday Eucharist and has become a favored instrument for recitalists in the region.
The pipe organ was made possible through the generosity of the parishioners of St. Cornelius’ Episcopal Church and stands as testimony of our parish’s dedication to high quality liturgical and concert music for Dodge City and the region.