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St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
Concordia Choir

Mission Statement

To translate and deliver the message of gospel through music, creating beautiful sounds that touch the hearts of all who hear our voices.

Music imprints scripture and truth on our hearts, especially for children and youth. These words learned and sung will remain with them for a lifetime. Our goal is to adorn worship. Singing (or playing) in a choir creates community and interdependence of spirit and duty – I am one part of the whole body using my gifts for the good of the whole.

Our Vision

  • Meaningful, transformative worship with moments of awe
  • Music that inspires, moves, and grips people … making them feel they’ve just touched something transcendent
  • Choirs that serves as “modified small groups”: taking care/praying with one another; learning and growing in faith together
  • People singing their faith strongly and living it strongly
  • Choir that utilizes their gifts of voice and spirit to do good in community
  • A full loft of people (youth, children, and adults) singing their hearts out, beautifully & powerfully, in praise to God
  • A congregation that sings strongly and with joy

Why We Sing

Psalm 13:6
I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.

1 Chronicles 16:23
Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim His salvation day after day.

Psalm 33:3
Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Psalm 40:3
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.

Psalm 105:2
Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all his wonderful acts.

Concordia Choir is seeking volunteers of various levels who wish to offer the gift of music and challenge themselves with both traditional and innovative choral music. We sing harmony, often more than 4 parts, and most of our music is arranged or written by the director of music for originality and practical purposes. Vocal training and singing experience is a plus but not a must, as long as you have the talent, dedication and desire to sing. If you’re interested in becoming an integral part of a vocal ensemble, growing your musical/vocal skills, or just having fun singing with like-minded people, CLICK HERE to email Paris  

Our rehearsal time is every Wednesday 7 to 8:30PM and on Sunday morning we rehearse for an hour 9 to 10AM, and we sing for the Choral Eucharist at 10:30AM. While we do sing for the service, it is your choice to actively worship or just daydream in a meditative atmosphere.

For more information please contact Paris

During the Summer, we are blessed to offer a variety of guest musicians and singers for our Sunday worship experience.

 Please plan to join us and invite your friends for these dates:

 July 9 - Violin Duet

Violinist: Mia Bella D'Augelli

Offering variation of favorite hymns such as In the Garden, and my original score, A Prayer for Peace

Mia Bella D’Augelli is a violinist based in Oakland. As a performer, she plays solo in various settings – falling in and out of notation – and is a member of the Town Quartet (a traditional string quartet) and the Redwood Tango Ensemble (a sextet for milongas and new tango chamber music). She plays periodically with other chamber ensembles, symphonies, pit orchestras, and pop groups, including the Livermore Valley Opera and North State Symphony Orchestra.  She has worked closely with composers of today such as David Behrman, Brett Carson, Andrew Jamieson, George Lewis, Mateo Lugo, Roscoe Mitchell, Aaron Novik, and Lewis Patzner. Mia enjoys playing at St. Augustine’s because of our amazing acoustics and innovative variations on traditional hymns.

July 16 - Percussion Duo with Keyboard

Percussionists: Harold Haynes, Muhammad Ali

Presenting a unique blend of African Hand Drums and spiritual hymns.

Harold “Butch” Hayne is a seasoned percussionist in the Conga, Bongo and Timbale Drum technique. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, he was one of the founders of the Sprout Plaza drumming circle, and he has been teaching Afro-American/Cuban drum tradition. Butch has recorded, performed and toured with Herbie Hancok, Carlos Santana and Giovanni Hidalgo among many others. When he’s drumming, he brings his love for God into his rhythm.

Muhammad Aleem Ali is a percussionist and an educator. He has performed with Maya Angelou in "Blacks Blues Blacks" and with the Joel Dorham Latin Jazz Octet. Muhammad’s recent performances include the Concord Jazz Festival, the Hillsborough Jazz Festival, the Black Film Makers Hall Of Fame.

July 23 - Soloist Michael Orlinsky with Organist Mark MacDonald

Offering a powerful sacred solo piece as well as our traditional hymns.

Michael Orlinsky is a gifted opera singer who performs with San Francisco Opera House, Opera San Jose, among many other institutions in the San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas areas.  He has sung over 35 roles in his quickly budding career and was particularly noted for his Chicago Premiere of Nielsen's Maskarade. Michael has performed with our choir on various occasions, and he loves singing at St. Augustine’s because of the warm welcome he received each time.

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church

“If you desire to praise him, then live what you express. Live good lives, and you yourselves will be his praise.”


To grow God’s church and serve God’s people in our worship, which reflects the richness of the African American culture, and through educational and outreach programs to the community. We welcome all who wish to join us in witness to God’s love, empowerment and mercy.


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