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Church of St. Luke in the Fields

The Church of St. Luke in the Fields is an Episcopal church in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City. The address is 487 Hudson Street, New York City, NY 10014. The church has a rich history, and was founded in 1820. The current rector is Caroline Stacey; who succeeded Roger Ferlo. Prominent rectors in the past have included Ledlie Laughlin. The original church building burned down on March 6, 1981, and was later rebuilt. The church is affiliated with the elementary school, St. Luke's School, on the block.

In 2003 Roger Ferlo, the rector, left to teach at Virginia Theological Seminary, in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2005, Caroline M. Stacey, the former rector of All Saints Church in East Lansing, Michigan, took over the position of rector.

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Music at St. Luke's Church

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St. Luke's is known for its vibrant musical life. The choir of the church performs several concerts yearly, with a series of three concerts each spring season. In the past these concerts have included performances such as the New York premiere of Telemann's St. Matthew Passion, the Tenebrae settings of composer Richard Toensing and many other works. The choir has made several recordings. In addition to the choir, the church is known for its vigorous congregational singing. Mr. David Shuler is the organist and choirmaster of the church.

The Orchestra of St. Luke's draws its name from the church.

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Organ

The current organ at the church was installed in 1986 after the 1981 fire destroyed the previous organ. It is almost identical to the one that was destroyed, which had been installed in 1979, less than two years before the fire. Its keys are mechanical, though the stops operate electrically. It has 27 stops and 1,670 pipes.

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