The Chancel Choir

I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Psalm 104:33


The Chancel Choir, conducted by Peter DuBois, is the cornerstone of our music ministry, providing inspiring musical leadership for our worship each week. The choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings during our program year, September through June, from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. The Chancel Choir also sings several major works each year with orchestra, and presents special musical events such as choral evensong services, hymn sings, and a biennial Boar's Head Festival.

If you have questions or would like to participate - Contact

Peter A. DuBois: Director of Music / Organist
(585)271-6513 ext 109

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Special Music Events

In addition to music that is an integral part of the normal Sunday morning liturgy, Third Church offers a variety of special musical presentations. Timely updates and additions to these events will be highlighted in the weekly Congregational Update and on the church-wide Events Calendar.



  • Special Seasonal Music (Advent/Lent)
  • Music Recognition Sunday
  • Choral Evensong
  • Children's and Youth Musicals
  • Boar's Head Festival
  • Chapel Concerts by Candlelight
  • Organ Recitals
  • Concerts and programs offered by other organizations
Palm Sunday Procession

Choir Repertoire through the Years

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Chancel Choir Recordings

Third Presbyterian Church has a long tradition of fine music as an integral part of its worship life. The Chancel Choir has recorded two collections of favorite anthems from their repertoire.


Shout Joy!

Shout Joy!

The selections for this recording, and their arrangement, have the "feel" of the church year, but without specific reference to liturgical seasons (excepting Christmas selections, tracks 7-10). Included are anthems of praise and power, rejoicing and reflection, from both folk traditions and works by significant composers of our European and American heritage.


  1. Now Thank We All Our God - arr. John Rutter
  2. How Excellent Thy Name - Howard Hanson
  3. I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me - C. Hubert H. Parry
  4. Psalm 133 - Richard Proulx
  5. Ubi caritas Maurice Duruflé <
  6. Shout Joy! - Cary Ratcliff
  7. Once in Royal David's City - H.J. Gauntlett/David Willcocks
  8. Sing We Now of Christmas - arr. Fred Prentice
  9. In the Bleak Mid-Winter - Harold Darke
  10. African Noel - André J. Thomas
  11. O Thou the Central Orb - Charles Wood
  12. Beati quorum via - Charles Villiers Stanford
  13. For He Shall Give His Angels - Felix Mendelssohn
  14. Like as the Hart - Herbert Howells
  15. The Lord is My Shepherd - John Rutter
  16. Praise Ye the Lord - Hugo Distler
  17. Morning Trumpet - arr. Alice Parker & Robert Shaw
  18. Cantique de Jean Racine - Gabriel Fauré
  19. Finale (Symphony No 2, "Resurrection") - Gustav Mahler

Calm on the Listening Ear of Night

Calm on the Listening Ear of Night

These simple words by the 19th century American hymn writer Edmund Hamilton Sears capture much of the mystery and beauty of Christmas. The seasons of Advent and Christmas have inspired some of the most beautiful and spiritual choral music across the centuries. This second CD by the Chancel Choir of Third Presbyterian Church presents some of the favorite selections from the choir's repertoire for these seasons of the liturgical year.

  1. Ding dong! merrily on high - arr. Charles Wood
  2. Magnificat (St. Paul's) - Herbert Howells
  3. Calm on the Listening Ear of Night - Kenneth Jennings
  4. Shepherd's Pipe Carol - John Rutter
  5. Ave Maria - Franz Biebl
  6. E'en So Lord Jesus, Quickly Come - Paul Manz
  7. Let Our Gladness Know No End - Hermann Schroeder
  8. Who Comes? - Leo Nestor
  9. Let Every Heart - Cary Ratcliff
  10. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree - Elizabeth Poston
  11. This is the Record of John - Orlando Gibbons
  12. O magnum mysterium - Tomas Luis da Victoria
  13. A Maiden Most Gentle - Andrew Carter
  14. The Best of Rooms - Randall Thompson
  15. Salvation is Created - P. Tschesnokoff
  16. What Sweeter Music? - John Rutter
  17. Silent Night - arr. Leo Nestor
  18. O magnum mysterium - Morten Lauridsen
  19. Magnificat (Collegium Regale) - Herbert Howells

Chancel Choir tours

Chancel Choir Tours

The choir has toured Great Britain twice. In 2001, forty members of the choir served as choir-in-residence for one week at the Rochester Cathedral in Kent, and a second week singing an Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral, and presenting concerts in Sevenoaks and Coventry. During its two-week tour in 2005, fifty members of the choir served as choir-in-residence for one week at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, and presented concerts at Ely Cathedral and St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh.