The Calvary Choir

Sing Joyfully, Unto God Our Strength

Calvary Episcopal Church supports and maintains a historically remarkable music program. The Choir is led by Shawn Dawson, Director of Music and Organist.   From 1964 until their retirement, Calvary's Choir was led by Melvin and Margaret Dickinson, Calvary's Musicians Emeriti and founders of the Louisville Bach Society.


The Choir’s diverse repertoire consists of traditional and contemporary expressions of Anglican choral music as well as other sacred music from other classical traditions.  With Calvary being the home of one of the finest choral libraries in Louisville, 

The Choir sings at the 11 am worship service each Sunday as well as the monthly Sacred Arts Series Choral Evensong and Bach Vesper Services. A cornerstone of the Anglican choral tradition, the Choir leads the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. In 2018, Calvary hosted the first Louisville Three Choirs Festival, joining the Choirs of Christ Church Cathedral and the Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption to share their musical traditions.

Our Choir is an exceptional group of singers including professional section leaders as well as talented church members—and some who are both.

Choral Repertoire


Click on the links below to listen to recent recordings:

                        Thomas Tallis,  "If Ye Love Me"


                        Thomas Atwood, "Teach Me O, Lord"


                        Bob Chilcott, "God So Loved the World"

                        Leo Sowerby, "I Will Lift Up Thine Eyes"

Interested in joining?

Weekly rehearsals during the season are Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm and on Sundays at 9:45 am before the 11 am Service. (We do not regularly perform during the summer months.) Childcare is provided on Sunday morning.   If you are interested in learning more or joining the Choir, please contact Shawn Dawson.

Schedule of Choral Music

(September-Christmas) 2019

Calvary Episcopal Church |  821 South Fourth Street   Louisville, KY 40203  502-587-6011

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