CHOIR (10:45 Service)
Church of Our Saviour has had a vested choir for nearly a century. From the processional through the closing hymn, the choir’s presence is an integral part of our 10:45 worship service on Sunday mornings, and celebrations throughout the church year such as our Christmas Eve Mass. The choir rehearses before services on Sunday mornings. During the summer there is no formal choir, but there are summer soloists and an informal “pick-up” choir. Various instrumentalists participate from time to time, particularly for Christmas and Easter services.
HAND BELLS (10:45 Service)
The hand bell ringers provide a beautiful accompaniment to the 10:45 worship service and celebrations throughout the church year.
CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP (9:00 Service)
The music at the 9:00 service reflects the energy and diversity of its congregation. Musicians Mike and Cate Mascari lead the liturgical music with piano, guitar and voice, while also encouraging members of the congregation to contribute with their vocal and instrumental talents. The style of hymnody encompasses a variety of genres, and utilizes a wide range of Episcopal hymnals including the traditional 1982 and its more contemporary supplement “Wonder, Love, and Praise”, the African-American “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, the child-centered “My Heart Sings Out” and the female-composed and inspired “Voices”. The intention of the music is to honor the traditions of COS while challenging both young and old to explore their musical relationship with God in a variety of new and exciting ways.
Jim Mouw, Organist & Choir Director 10:45 Service
James Mouw joined COS as Organist and Choirmaster in August 2012. Jim has previously served parishes in Kalamazoo MI and Rutherfordton NC. In the Chicago area he has been Organist/Choirmaster at Trinity, Chicago; Trinity, Wheaton; and St. Paul’s, Riverside. Jim received his musical Training at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, where his principal instructor was Katherine Lowe. When he’s not on the bench, Jim is the Associate University Librarian for Collection Services at the University of Chicago.
Mike and Cate Mascari, Contemporary Worship Leads 9:00 Service
Michael and Cate Mascari began their careers as Episcopal Musicians at Grace Episcopal in New Lenox, IL, shortly after they were married in 2001. After moving to Chicago in 2006 they were blessed to be welcomed into the COS community, where they initially provided music for the 5:30pm service, but now are working to develop the music ministry for the ever-evolving and growing 9:00am service. The Mascaris live in the Lincoln Square community with their children, Ariana and Leith and their shih tsu, Gina. Cate, an Australian-born bassoonist, vocalist and pianist, holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Band and Choral Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently teaches choir at Lake View High School in Chicago Public Schools. Michael, a vocalist, cellist and guitarist, has a Bachelor of Orchestral Music Education from the University of Illinois and teaches orchestra at Whitney M. Young Magnet High school in Chicago Public Schools.