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Music is integral to our congregation life

SHUC has a long tradition of music excellence. Our musical centrepiece is singing in worship – it is a means to express our faith and experience the gift of the Spirit. The diversity of anthems and hymns we sing is ever-expanding and aligned with current United Church beliefs and practices.

Our church is also known for the high quality repertoire of our Sanctuary Choir. This choir is for adults and auditions are required. All worship staff and lay leaders are involved in the intricate planning of the liturgy seasons, weaving together sacred music selections from simple favorites to complex harmonies for the more advanced musicians among us.

Shaughnessy Heights United Church Sanctuary Choir

Music is integral to the life of the congregation at Shaughnessy Heights United Church, a means of both expressing the faith and experiencing the gift of the Spirit. The Sanctuary Choir provides music for regular Sunday worship (September through June), as well as for special services such as Remembrance Day, Tenebrae, and Lessons and Carols. Over the years, the group has presented its own concerts and has also collaborated in performances of larger works, including the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Brahms.

The Shaughnessy Heights Sanctuary Choir is committed to the best of sacred music, presenting works by composers such as Arnesen, Britten, Bruckner, Dove, Duruflé, Esenvalds, Gjeilo, Handel, Haydn, Honegger, Lauridsen, McDowall, Mealor, Messaien, Mozart, Pamintuan, Praulins, Rachmaninoff, Raminsh, Sisask, Stopford, Todd, Whitacre and Willan.

At present the choir consists of 35 singers, 5 of which are paid leads. The defining, galvanizing trait of this group is its deep desire to sing challenging, rewarding sacred music, knowing that all things are possible when we are of one heart, one mind… and a common work ethic.

Our rewards as members of a church choir consist of those exceptional moments of music-making that grace our worship and deepen our spirituality. The sublime beauty and expressiveness of extraordinary sacred music, we believe, can both strengthen our United Church community as well as transcend the boundaries of denomination, drawing us all together in God’s love.

Practices and fundraisers are held year round and proceeds of the choir’s recently released CD of sacred music, Gloria, can be purchased through the church office, after Sunday worship in the Hall, or by contacting

Watch our Calendar and weekly church email for the next live performance of the SHUC Sanctuary Choir.

Enjoy a short clip of the choir’s performances Track 9 – Sanctus from Missa Brevis by Jonathan Dove. This is a partial recording shared with permission of the composer and C.F. Peters Corporation; produced by Edition Peters.


LESSONS AND CAROLS SERVICE 10:00am Sunday, December 16, 2018

Shaughnessy Heights United Church

Music to include:

  • Ave Maria: F. Biebl
  • Coventry Carol: D. Warland
  • Cum Sancto Spiritu: Hyo-Won Woo
  • magnum mysterium: M. Lauridsen
  • nata lux: M. Lauridsen
  • There Is No Rose: R. J. King
  • The Work of Christmas: D. Forrest

… along with traditional readings and carols.


7:30pm Thursday, April 11, 2019              

Holy Rosary Cathedral

646 Richards St. @ Dunsmuir St., Vancouver

Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows” or “darkness”) is a solemn observance of Jesus’ passion and death which has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service within the monastic community, Tenebrae became an important part of Holy Week for many denominations. Our service this morning marks Jesus’ journey to Golgotha, and allows for extended meditation through scripture, music and silent reflection. We gather here together to enter into the dramatic narrative of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion, and to reflect on God’s wondrous love.

  • Music by Barnum, Casals, Dove, Duruflé, Jenkins, Luboff, Schlenker and others.







To learn more about SHUC music programs, contact Music Director Roy Campbell,          If you wish to audition for the Sanctuary Choir, please contact Dr. Ramona Luengen, 

Visual, film and performing arts

In addition to our tradition of music, SHUC intentional small group ministry explores expressions of faith and gifts of Spirit through visual, film and performing arts with special focus on programs for children and youth. Check the Calendar on this website and the weekly church email for updates year-round.

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