Worship at St. Andrew’s is rooted in the liturgical practices of the Anglican tradition. Most hymns are drawn from the Hymnal 1982 and these are augmented with choices from other hymnals used by the Episcopal Church and occasionally those from other denominations. Parishioners actively participate; the singing is lively. Service music selections selected are drawn from historical and contemporary sources. A beautiful pipe organ is the primary accompanying instrument for most singing.
Several ensembles regularly support the worship life and liturgies offering music in a variety of styles. An adult chancel choir, including high school age students through seniors, sings for most Sunday Eucharists and special liturgies throughout the year. A handbell choir meets regularly and rings in liturgies 6 to 8 times per year. Vocal soloists and instrumentalists occasionally perform, as does a small recorder ensemble and a string ensemble. The Grace Notes (music for children and families offered prior to the education hour) participates in worship 4 times during the year. Sung prayer services: Choral Evensong and Compline are offered each program year. Music is never seen as an addition to the liturgy, but flows seamlessly with the spoken word. Hymns, anthems and instrumental voluntaries are chosen which meaningfully correlate with the themes of the scripture lessons for the day and/or the season of the Church Year.
In addition to worship, the parish supports concerts which showcase the pipe organ and the talents of many Madison area musicians. The simple, but elegant sanctuary of the building boasts an ideal acoustic for the performance of chamber music. St. Andrew’s is very supportive of music students at all levels and regularly makes available the space for private lessons, practice, study and recitals.