Music at St. Paul’s
Music is integral to the worship and community life of St. Paul’s on the Green. Music is not worshiped here, but it empowers the worship experience. While no one can define how music transforms our communal worship life, no one can deny that it happens. Whether it is the quietest chant, or most triumphant anthem, music can do what ordinary words remain powerless to do: it reaches deep into our soul and moves us.
There are currently over 70 people (ages 7 to 80) singing in the choirs of St. Paul’s. The St. Paul’s Adult Choir or the St. Paul’s Choristers and Adult Schola sing for the 11 AM Solemn Eucharist each Sunday, and each of these choirs sings Choral Evensong occasionally. A quartet of professional singers provide choral leadership at the 9 AM Solemn Eucharist each week. The Compline Choir (separate men’s and women’s choirs) sings chant and polyphony every Sunday night for the 9 PM service of Compline.
While we have worked hard to develop our choral program here at St. Paul’s, we believe deeply in the power of congregational singing and our choir’s primary responsibility is to lead and inspire congregational song. We use the Hymnal 1982 as our primary musical resource, but on occasion draw from other sources as well.
Our 1928 E.M. Skinner organ was installed and enlarged in 1992, and was restored and enlarged in 2007 by The Reuter Organ Company of Lawrence, Kansas.
If you would like more information about the music program at St. Paul’s or would like to be added to our mailing list, contact Jake Street, Director of Music or call him at 203 847-2806 ext. 14 .