O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven: Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
—Collect for Church Musicians and Artists, Book of Common Prayer
Music is an intrinsic part of worship at Grace-St. Paul’s Church. We offer a diversity of music, traditional and contemporary, in which you are invited to enter more deeply into the community in worship and experience the presence of God.
The Adult Choir of Grace-St. Paul’s performs a significant role in leading music during worship. The choir sings for the 10:00 am Sunday service, as well as special services throughout the year. The singers perform a variety of choral repertoire: chant, Renaissance and Baroque motets, Anglican anthems and contemporary sacred music.
All church members who enjoy singing and can commit to a weekly rehearsal are welcome to participate. Each week, choir members enjoy a unique community centered on music and worship.
Rehearsals are Thursday evenings, 7:00 pm and Sunday mornings at 9:00 am during the months of September through June.
Music for Children and Teens
The curriculum for the children and youth choirs is based on Voice for Life, the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) guide to training choirs and singers of all ages. This music education program provides a framework for choristers to develop their vocal skills, musical understanding, and a knowledge of diverse repertoire. In addition to learning anthems, hymns, and music of the liturgy, part of the rehearsal is spent on rhythm and sight-singing, in a positive learning experience.
The choirs sing for major festival Sundays throughout the liturgical year. The Voice for Life program meets every Sunday at 9:00 am. Elder teens have the option of participating in the adult choir.
Organ Concert Series
In addition to the choir programs, Grace-St. Paul’s sponsors an annual organ concert series. These concerts feature the Opus 6 pipe organ, built exclusively for the church in 2004 by Russell Meyer, Bridgeton, New Jersey. Additional work was completed by Patrick J. Murphy & Associates, Inc., Stowe, Pennsylvania. The organ consists of 28 ranks and 1,798 pipes and is located in the rear gallery, highlighting the wonderful architectural detail of the sanctuary. The Grace-St. Paul’s series presents concert artists from throughout the region, performing brief programs to showcase the instrument. Performances are on designated Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m., with a reception following each concert.
For more information about the music program, please contact Cynthia Westbrook, Director of Music, via the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 586-6004