Assumption’s vision for music in one that reflects the inclusive, positive, down-to-earth spirituality of the Franciscans who staff the parish and is deeply committed to Vatican II’s vision of full & active participation of the assembly. Assumption also has a long tradition of excellence and we welcome those who would like to join us in worship and music.

We offer a blend of traditional and contemporary music using GIA’s latest hymnal; Ritual Song published in 2016. Ritual Song—Second Edition includes music that has withstood the test of time, the best of new music and the most successful mass settings and service music written since the implementation of the Revised Order of Mass.

Would you like to try singing in the choir?

You don’t need to know how to read music, but you do need to love to sing! And love to pray, blending with others in the choir.

Here’s the deal – you decide to come next Sunday to sing, and let me know, and I will send you the musical scores and a YouTube that you can practice with. That way you won’t be confused about what’s going on at our 9am Sunday rehearsal. I’m guessing that you will enjoy yourself! We are a pretty fun lot up there . . . Just send me an email or give me a call at 415.552.7807

-Charles Rus

Music at our Liturgies

Saturday 4PM: Cantor & Organ

Sunday 10AM: Choir, Cantor & Organ

Music Director & Organist: Mr. Charles Rus
Cantor: Mr. Nicholas Blaney

Music Director: Mr Charles Rus

As of January 1, 2018 Charles Rus is Music Director of Assumption Church in Syracuse, New York, home of the Franciscan Friars who live in community there. Charles will also be an organ tuner and maintainer at Kerner and Merchant Pipe Organs.

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Charles received degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, and, as a Fulbright Scholar, the Folkwang Hochscule fur Musik in Essen, Germany.

He has worked with organ builders George Bozeman and Fritz Noack and has helped restore various organs, including the E. M. Skinner organ in Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also an organ consultant and in that capacity has helped to bring the significant John Brombaugh Opus 9 to Sonoma State University.

He has been organist for the San Francisco Symphony, organ teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, organist for Temple Emanu-El, SF, Organist and Choir Director at Corpus Christi Church, Rochester, and Musician for St. Thomas Episcopal, Seattle.

Assumption’s Principal Instrument

The church’s organ is a 56 rank, three manual  pipe organ (originally a George Hutchings, 1898) which has been completely rebuilt by Kerner and Merchant Organ Co. (2013)  with updated console and multi-level digital switching system.