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April 27, 2017

2017-04-27 Giving Thanks for Scott Youngs

Dear Friends,

It has been my honor to serve as the music director of All Saints’ for 30 years now.During that time you have built a music program that is the envy of the Southwest.

Beginning with Choristers at the end of third grade, we educate singers in the joys of the Episcopal repertoire. With the Choral Scholars, Choral Fellows, Senior Fellows, volunteers and staff, you produce choral music that is second to none in the state and beyond. You have also built a gorgeous organ and enhanced the worship space to become our largest musical instrument; a room that supports music and creates a sense of corporate worship.

Your choirs have been honored with performances in eight countries and have had wonderful experiences singing from the high altar at Canterbury Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel, at St. Thomas in Leipzig during the Bach Festival, and so many others. They sing with great joy week in and week out and we are all blessed by their hard work and dedication. The entire parish has been transformed over these thirty years, and I am so very grateful to have been a part of that.

You are ready to take another big step forward, and it is time for someone else to take that step with you as music director. I hope that you will continue to support and build the music program with a new and vibrant director at the helm.

As for me, I need to accept some new challenges and opportunities. You have had my undivided attention from the day I walked in the door. Now, I’d like to step back from church music and work on my musical “bucket list.” Between now and October, I will do everything in my power to help ease the transition to a new parish musician. On October 1st I will celebrate my final liturgies with you and hand off my duties to someone new. I know that you will welcome that person and show them the same love, dedication and support that you have bestowed on me. I am deeply grateful to each and every one of you, and I give my sincere thanks to you for making my life among you so rewarding and joyful.

Warmest thanks,

Scott Youngs


Dear Friends,

As you see from Scott Youngs’ letter, he intends to retire from church music on October 1 after thirty years as Director of Music here at All Saints’ (and 44 years total serving as a church musician!).

This will naturally stir up a variety of emotions for all of us. When Scott came to me just before Holy Week to share this news, I felt several things at once. I rejoice for Scott that he will get to spend the next chapter of his musical career focused on music performance, away from the exhausting demands of running a large program such as ours, not to mention giving him more time with Gil as they enjoy their new house in Belize.

At the same time, I am deeply saddened to lose Scott’s immense talent and dedication as the Director of our music ministry, and I will miss him personally in so many ways. One of the reasons I felt called to All Saints’ was the opportunity to work with Scott and with this amazing program that he has built, and these eight years together on the staff have been a wonderful experience of collaboration and joy, as our music has continued to reach new heights.

We have a music ministry at All Saints’ church and school that is of national quality and reputation, to the glory of God. From Sunday morning worship (including our fourth Sunday choral mass settings) to Evensong, from our Chamber Choir and Bell Choir down to our youngest day school choristers, we praise God with our very best.

Our choirs and organ playing by Scott and James Gerber are phenomenal, and we have a sophisticated congregation that embraces not only the great works of our Anglican tradition, but also newer music (such as the stunning works performed on Good Friday afternoon a couple of weeks ago).

Where do we go from here? By graciously giving us until October 1, Scott will enable us, God-willing, to complete a search for our next Director of Music and hand over the program in an orderly manner. We will immediately begin a national search for Scott’s successor, and with this outstanding program in place, I anticipate strong interest. I will form a search committee as soon as possible to help me with this important task.

We will also have many opportunities, both individually and collectively, to thank Scott for his 30 years of extraordinary ministry among us.



December 18, 2014

2014-12-18 Reflections from the Rector

Nowell Sing We

by the Rev. Poulson Reed


Nowell sing we, both all and some
Now Rex pacificus is come.

(15th Century Christmas Carol)

This is the time of year for singing, and I don’t just mean for our wonderful All Saints’ choirs, but for all of us. From Carols and Cocoa to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and on through the Sunday after Christmas, we will sing together the Christmas carols of our tradition, as faithful Christians have done for many centuries.

In our current American culture, the number of songs most people know well enough to sing is shrinking. A generation or two ago, our shared “American Songbook” was much larger: camp songs, folk songs, hymns, show tunes, popular and dinner table songs. Today, other than “Happy Birthday,” and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” it’s hard to identify many universally known songs. Instead, in this YouTube generation, there are pop songs that trend briefly into awareness, only to fade away as the next one rises (my young kids are singing the Taylor Swift song “Shake it Off” recently, with great gusto. Before that, it was “Let it Go” from the “Frozen” movie). The fad reigns supreme.

But at Christmas time, we tap into the deep reservoir of cultural memory, singing traditional Christmas carols that are still known by many of us. It is the one season in the Church year in which most of our members and guests know most of the hymns. And that is such a joyful thing, because it is good for us to sing together. Young children sing without inhibition, but as we grow older, many of us become more reserved about our singing (and about other kinds of creative expression, as well). And that’s a shame, because singing together can be one of the most meaningful experiences we can have.

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August 28, 2014

Dr. James Gerber’s St. Alban’s Adventure – Summer 2014

Dr. James Gerber’s St. Alban’s Adventure – Summer 2014

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Trinity Cathedral Choir St. Alban’s Residency, 2014

From 28 July – 3 August, the Cathedral Choir of Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, Arizona, under the direction Dr. Erik Goldstrom, Canon Musician, was in residence at St. Alban’s Abbey and Cathedral, Hertfordshire, UK. I had the privilege of assisting the cathedral choir as their organist.

The Abbey Cathedral has been home to many organs, including instruments built by Bernard “Father” Smith, William Hill, Abbott and Smith, and Henry Willis. The present organ was built by Harrison and Harrison of Durham in 1962. This instrument was one of the first twentieth-century British organs that was designed to perform the organ music of the great baroque composers, particularly Johann Sebastian Bach. But the St. Alban’s organ is capable of much more and is certainly suitable for the performance of a wide range of literature as well as being an effective instrument for leading congregational singing and accompanying choirs. Today, St. Alban’s has a vibrant music program and is the location of an international organ competition.

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September 8, 2013

2013-2014 All Saints’ Anthems

The Most Heavenly Music on Earth



September 8, 2013 – Homecoming Sunday

The House of Faith Has Many Rooms – Craig Phillips (#492)
Teach Me, My God and King – Craig Phillips (#936)

September 15, 2013

Immortal, Invisible – Eric H. Thiman
The King of Love – Edward Bairstow
Bless the Lord, O My Soul – Edward John Hopkins View Me, Lord – Charles Wood

September 22, 2013

Missa Misericordia Domini – Josef Rheinberger
Strengthen for Service, Lord – Healey Willan
Laudate Dominum – Josef Rheinberger
O Sacrum Convivium – Howard Helvey
Be Thou My Vision – Bob Chilcott

September 29, 2013 – Day School Sunday

We Are Called – Becki Slagle Mayo
Come and Feast – Michael McCabe
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God – Karl Cranford
Poor Man Lazarus – arr. Jester Hairston
Prayer of Saint Francis – C. Alexander Peloquin

October 6, 2013 – St. Francis Animal Blessing

Lamentations of Jeremiah – Z Randall Stroope
Give Us the Wings of Faith – Ernest Bullock
Hear My Prayer, O Lord – Camil Van Hulse
O Lord Increase My Faith- Orlando Gibbons

October 13, 2013 – Time and Talent Sunday

Many Gifts, One Spirit – Allen Pote
The Secret of Christ – Richard Shephard
Si Iniquitates – Samuel Wesley
Cantique de Jean Racine – Gabriel Fauré

October 13, 2013 – Evensong

Recitalist: Gary Quamme (St. Christophers, Sun City, AZ)
Herbert Howells – Evening Service in G (1920)
Charles Snider – Preces and Responses
Philip W. J. Stopford – Teach Me, O Lord

October 20, 2013

Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies – Harold Darke
Jesu, the Very Thought is Sweet – Charles Wood
O Most Merciful – Charles Wood
I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto the Hills – Leo Sowerby

October 27, 2013

Communion Service in F – William H. Harris
O How Amiable – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee – Edward Bairstow
Holy is the True Light – William H. Harris
Might I in Thy Sight – Samuel Wesley

November 3, 2013 – All Saints Day Celebration

Justorum animae – Charles Villiers Stanford
I Heard a Voice from Heaven – Sir John Goss (net)
Blessed are the Dead Which Die in the Lord – Charles Villiers Stanford
The Souls of the Righteous – Geraint Lewis

November 10, 2013

Give Us the Wings of Faith – Craig Phillips
Never weather-beaten sail – Charles Wood
If we Believe that Jesus Died – John Goss

November 10, 2013 – Evensong – Special Requiem Service

Recitalist: Dr. Erik Goldstrom (Trinity Episcopal Cathedral)
Psalm Requiem for Harp and Choir (American Premier) – Daan Manneke {Amsterdam Conservatory}
Pie Jesu – William Bradley Roberts

November 17, 2013 – Samuel Seabury Celebration

Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band
O salutaris hostia – Charles Gounod

November 24, 2013 – Christ the King Sunday

Mass in G – Franz Schubert
Glory and Honour and Laud – Charles Wood
Love Divine – David Willcocks
O Savior of the World – Frederick Gore Ouseley
King of all Ages – Paul Isom

December 1, 2013 – Advent 1

Advent Litany – Peter Hallock
Advent Calendar – Peter Hallock
Ad te levavi – G. P. da Palestrina
Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes – Mark Sirett
I Am the Day – Jonathan Dove
O Thou the Central Orb – Charles Wood

December 8, 2013 – Advent 2

Benedictus in B flat – Charles Villiers Stanford
Deus tu convertens – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Rorate caeli desuper – Leo Nestor
Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus – Henry G. Ley

December 8, 2013 Evensong – Advent Lessons and Carols

Recitalist: Dr. Curt Sather (Roman Cathedral of SS Simon & Jude)
Great “O” Antiphons – John Muehleisen (Arizona Premier)

December 15, 2013 – Advent 3

E’en so, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come – Paul Manz
Benedixisti Domine – G.P. da Palestrina
Advent Message – Martin How
Song of Mary – Richard Shephard

December 22, 2013 – Advent 4

Missa Portae Honoris – Charles Wood
O Magnum Mysterium – Alex Freeman
Ave Maria – G. P. da Palestrina
The Advent Prose – Gerald Near
There is No Rose – Graham J. Ellis

Christmas Eve

Lully, Lulla, Lullay – Philip Stopford
Still, Still, Still – arr. Norman Luboff

December 29, 2013 – Congregational Lessons and Carols
{Choir Vacation}

January 5, 2014

Salvation is Created – Pavel Tschesnokoff
Mirabile Mysterium – Jacobus Gallus
Verbum Caro Factum – Hans Leo Hassler
Star of the East – Alan Bullard
Mirabile Mysterium – Jacobus Gallus

January 12, 2014

Behold the Tabernacle of God – William Harris
O Quam amabilis – Jongen
Come, You Lovers of the Feast – Thompson
O Lord, My God – Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Here is the Little Door – Herbert Howells

January 12, 2014 Evensong

Recitalist: Dr. James Gerber (All Saints’)
Evening Service (Collegium Regal) John Tavener
Preces and Responses in A – Byron Adams
Let My Prayer Rise Before You as Incense – Stephen Caracciolo

January 19, 2014

Expectans Expectavi – Charles Wood
Child of Sweetness – John Karl Hirten
Omnes de Saba venient – Joseph Eybler
As the Lyre to the Singer– Alfred V. Fedak

January 26,2014–AnnualParishMeeting (BookSaleWeekend)

Communion Service in D – Gerald Near
Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace – Samuel Wesley
Ad regias Agni dapes – Quentin Faulkner
The Best of Rooms – Richard DeLong
Thou Hast Searched Me – Wilbur Chenowith

February 2, 2014

The Beatitudes – Philip Stopford
Of Righteousness – Robert J. Powell
A Celtic Blessing – Karl Cranford

February 9, 2014

Thy Word is Light – Haydn Morgan
O Lux Beatissima – Howard Helvey
My Song Shall Be Alway of the Loving-kindness- Godfrey Sampson
Jesu dulcis memoria – Quentin Faulkner

February 9 – Evensong with Choral Festival Choir for Legacy Circle

Recitalist: Dr. Woosag Kang (St. Philips in the Hills, Tucson)
Evening Service – Michael McCabe
Preces and Responses – Charles Snider
I Will Lift Mine Eyes – Howard Helvey

February 16, 2014

Upon Your Heart – Eleanor Daley
Lord, Make me Know – William Byrd
Teach Me, My God and King – Sue Mitchell-Wallace
I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord – Carl Schalk

February 23, 2014

Missa Brevis – Andrea Gabrieli
Christ, whose glory fills the skies – Phillip Ledger
That Most Excellent Gift of Charity – Michael Sitton
Christ Is Our Cornerstone – David Thorne
O Living Will – Charles Villiers Stanford

March 2, 2014 – Last Epiphany

Te Deum Laudamus – John Ireland
Beautiful Savior – F.M. Christiansen
Fairest Lord Jesus – David Ashley White
O nata lux – Morten Lauridsen
The eyes of all wait upon thee – William H. Harris

March 5, 2014

Hymn to God – Eleanor Daley
Thou Knowest, Lord – Henry Purcell
Lord, Let Me Know Mine End – Maurice Greene

March 9, 2014 – Lent 1

Make Me, O Lord, Pure in Heart – Johannes Brahms
Ave Verum – Anton Bruckner
Cor mundum crea in me Deus (Create in me a clean heart) – Howard Helvey
Here, O My Lord – Alan Viner

March 9 – Evensong with Choir and Choristers (Magnificat Choir)

Recitalist: Dr. Guy Whatley (Reubke – Sonata on 94th Psalm)
Evening Service – Ernest John Moeran
Preces and Responses in A – Byron Adams
Hide Me Under the Shadow of Thy Wings – John E. West

March 16, 2014 – Lent 2

God So Loved the World – Bob Chilcott
Ave Verum – Charles Gounod
I lift up mine eyes – Philip Stopford

March 23, 2014 – Lent 3

Messe Brève – Theodore Dubois
My Soul Longeth for Thee – Felix Mendelssohn
Ave Verum – Philip Stopford
Draw Nigh, and Take the Body of the Lord – Richard DeLong

March 30, 2014 – Lent 4

Help Us, O Lord – Aaron Copland
Ave Verum – Imant Raminsh
The Lamb – John Tavener
Nunc dimittis – Alexander Gretchaninoff

April 6, 2014 – Lent 5

Lamb of God Most Holy – Robert Lehman
Richard de Castre’s Prayer to Jesus – Richard Runciman Terry
Ave Verum – Malcolm Archer
Blessed Lord, all Love Excelling – Franz Liszt

April 13, 2014 – Palm Sunday

Solus ad victimam – Kenneth Leighton
Ave Verum – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Go to Dark Gethsemane – T. Tertius Noble
Let Thy Blood in Mercy Poured – Jeffrey H Rickard

April 13 – Evensong

Recitalist: Scott Youngs (All Saints’) Music of Bach and Persichetti
Evening Service – Vincent Persichetti
Preces and Responses – Charles Snider
A Colloquy with God – Richard Rodney Bennett

April 17, 2014 – Maundy Thursday (full choir)

A New Commandment – Paul Carey
If Ye Love Me – Philip Wilby
My Soul is Exceeding Sorrowful – Eleanor Daley
Ubi caritas – Ola Gjeilo
Was Ever Grief Like Mine? – Charles Snider

April 18, 2014 – Good Friday

12 Noon – Stations of the Cross
12:30 Musical Meditation:
Via Crucis – Franz Liszt
Seven last Words – Bern Herbolsheimer (Arizona Premier)

April 20,2014–Easter Day 9am  & 11am (7am Strings & Bells)

Music for Brass, Organ and Choir
Alleluia! Christ is Risen – Bruce Neswick
Alleluia – Terry Schlenker

April 27, 2014 – Thomas Sunday
{Choir vacation}

May 4, 2014

Come, Risen Lord – Leo Nestor
I Am the Living Bread – Michael McCabe
And They Drew Nigh – Richard DeLong
O sacrum convivium – Howard Helvey

May 11, 2014 – Bishop’s Visit with Confirmation

Jubilate Deo in B flat – Charles Villiers Stanford
Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life – Harold Friedell
Verily, Verily, I Say Unto You – Thomas Tallis
O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song – Healey Willan

May 18, 2014

O salutaris hostia – Moritz Brosig
My Spirit Longs for Thee – Simon Lole
Jesu, the very Thought of Thee – Eric Thiman
Benedic, anima mea – Kenneth Cranford

May 18, 2014 – Choral Concert 3:00 pm

O Magnum Mysterium
Settings of this text by Freeman, Lauridsen, Clausen, and Barker provide the framework for this ethereal choral indulgence, along with works by Alain, Tavener, Gorecki, Pärt, and Schlenker.

April 23, 2011

2011-04-23 7:00 PM The Liturgy of Easter Eve

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April 22, 2011

2011-04-22 12:00 PM Good Friday

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December 12, 2010

2010-12-12 Advent Lessons and Carols

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March 21, 2008

2008-03-21 12:00 PM Good Friday – The Passion According to St. John (J.S. Bach)

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April 6, 2007

2007-04-06 12:00 PM Good Friday – The Passion According to St. John (J.S. Bach)

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January 7, 2007

2007-01-07 8:30 AM Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord

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