Music & Worship

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Great Music at Calvary

Calvary's Music

Planning Special Services & Forms

Ministry Schedules


Calvary Episcopal Church is a liturgical church, where everyone participates in worship.

Visit our YouTube Channel to get an idea of what our worship is like.

Although music is not part of every service at Calvary, fine music and singing is an important part of our identity.

Great Music at Calvary

Great Music at Calvary is a musical offering made freely to God and for the benefit of the Western New York community. Comprised of special services, recitals, and concerts, these musical offerings form the centerpiece of our music ministry.

Recent past seasons have included masterworks such as Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (W.A. Mozart), Membra Jesu Nostri (Dietrich Buxtehude), The St. John Passion by Bob Chilcott, and the Requiem of Gabriel Fauré. Download the 2021-2022 season schedule here.

Great Music at Calvary is made possible by your special contributions. Your tax-deductible contribution of any amount is greatly appreciated. For more information or to be added to our Great Music at Calvary mailing list, please contact Kevin Durkin or 716-633-7800 x 4.

Great Music at Calvary 2021-2022

November 21, 2021, 4 p.m. - Choral Evensong

December 12, 2021, 4 p.m. - Lessons and Carols

January 9, 2022, 4 p.m. - Choral Evensong

February 11, 2022, 7 p.m. - Sacred Music Concert

March 13, 2022, 4 p.m. - Choral Evensong

April 15, 2022, 7 p.m. - Simon Bore the Cross by Margaret Bonds

May 22, 2022, 4 p.m. - Magnificat by Kim Andre' Arnesen, Spirituals and works by Mendelssohn with

the choirs of Calvary Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church & St. Joseph Cathedral

Calvary's Music

Many members of Calvary feel that music is an integral part of worship.

  • The Kryder Organ

    The pipe organ was the gift of the Wesley Dudley family, built by the Schlicker Organ Co. of Buffalo, NY in 1970. The family further provided the antiphonal organ at the rear of the nave, and they established the Edward H. Kryder Fund for instrument maintenance. The organ has 44 stops, comprising a total of 53 ranks, totaling over 3,000 pipes ranging in size from 3/4 of an inch to 32 feet. The wooden housing for the antiphonal organ was designed and carved by David Miller in 1990.

  • The Calvary Choir

    The Calvary Choirs are open to people of all ages and levels of experience with tuneful voices who can make the time commitment to participate. You need not be a Calvary member or even an Episcopalian to join. For more information on our choral program, please contact Kevin Durkin, Director of Music.

  • The Niederlander Carillon

    One of only 178 carillons in North America, the Niederlander Carillon is the only authentic carillon in Western New York. Initially it was a chime of 15 bells, gifted in 1959 by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Niederlander. In 1966, Mrs. Niederlander commemorated her late husband with a donation of 22 more bells. In 1995, seven more bells were added by generous donors, creating a 44-bell carillon. The original 37 bells were cast by the Van Bergen bell foundry in Hiligerlee, The Netherlands. The seven bells added in 1995 were cast by the Petit and Fritsen foundry of Aarle-Rixel, The Netherlands. In 1996, replacements for the high A and C bells were cast by Meeks, Watson & Co. Georgetown, Ohio.

Special Services at Calvary


Baptisms are held through out the year. To learn more about Baptism at Calvary please contact our Rector at  716-633-7800. You will be asked to complete this baptism form.


Download Calvary's wedding packet for information and fees for weddings at Calvary.

To arrange your wedding at Calvary please contact our Rector at 716-633-7800.

Funerals and Memorial Services

It is a privilege to assist your family with the planning of a funeral or memorial service at Calvary.

Information about planning funerals and memorial Services may be found here.

Bridal  & Baby Showers, Rehearsal Dinners & Graduation & Baptism Celebrations

Calvary has a beautiful Hall and Kitchen facility that are perfect for your banquet and reception needs. Information about renting Hughson Hall may be found here.

Contact our office about available dates and to arrange a personal tour of our church grounds and lovely Hughson Hall.

Lay Ministries

There are many ways to serve at Calvary.

Acolytes, Counters, Eucharistic Ministers, Flower Ministers, Lectors and Ushers all help make worship and afterwards run smoothly.

Current Serving Schedules