Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

552 West End Avenue, New York, New York 10024
(Church Entrance on 87th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue)
Tel. (212) 580-3326 ~ Fax (212) 873-1452

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Music at Saint Ignatius


Our Organ


Music and worship have been inextricably bound together for millennia. From the earliest days of the Church, prayers, psalms, and hymns have been offered to the glory of God as a regular part of corporate worship. Music is yet another way in which we experience God’s presence in our world and in our lives, as well as the beauty of the divine. At Saint Ignatius music has always been a very important part of our common life. Historic choral music is an integral part of all our Sunday and feast-day liturgies.

In this time of Covid-19 and the reasonable limitations put in place on congregational and choral music for sound public health reasons, our liturgical music is less elaborate than it has been in the past.

On Sundays at 11 AM at Solemn Mass and feast day services, our Choirmaster Dr Richard Porterfield performs the traditional Gregorian chants. We use the plainchant ordinary (Kyries, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) and proper (brief passages from scripture that are appropriate to the particular day and season set to music) sung according to the historic sources, especially the Liber Usualis, edited by the monks of Solemnes in France.


The Organ

The organ, built in 1966 by Casavant Frères and renovated in 1981 and 2009, is a fine and highly successful three manual instrument. Designed in the “American Classic” style with a strong French cast, it is versatile and is situated in a space with flattering acoustics.


How you can help

Tax-deductible contributions to the Saint Ignatius Music Fund, in any amount, are welcome and will be used for the music program if you make your check payable to “St. Ignatius’ Church” and indicate “Music Fund.” You may also underwrite the cost of the music on any Sunday or at a major festival by becoming a mass sponsor. At this time $500 will cover the full expenses, but donations from $150 up are welcome to support part of the cost of the music. Music sponsors may designate their gifts as memorials or in honor of some person or event. A notice of such designations will be printed in the service leaflet. To sponsor music, please email or call the Church office at (212) 580-3326, or use the button below:


St Cecilia Window

St Cecilia window in the former choir loft.
Click here for a high resolution image of the window.