The Music Department at St. Paul's

Vocal and instrumental music is a vital part of worship at St. Paul’s.

 

“Everyone should and can be involved in music. It’s not how great a voice or talent is, but how people with different levels of expertise come together to make a unique sound.”   – Director of Music, N. Thomas Pedersen


We have a rich tradition of music appreciation and excellence at St. Paul's. Consider joining one of the following choirs as we praise God through singing and ringing.


ALL GROUPS ARE ON HIATUS DUE TO COVID-19! 

Effective 3/25/2020: No groups are allowed to meet, now through April 26. 

Under normal operations:

Joyful Ringers! Bells rehearsals: Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m.

Sanctuary Choir rehearsals: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Youth Choir rehearsals: Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

Children's Choir rehearsals: Sundays at 11:45 a.m.


To learn more, please contact the church office or the director of each ensemble.


Choirs and Ensembles


The following groups regularly share their musical talents in worship.



  • The Sanctuary choir

    The first Sanctuary Choir rehearsal for 2019-2020 will meet on Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the Room 211 (the choir room). The Sanctuary Choir is made of adult singers who lend their musical voices to lead and enrich each 10:30 am worship service. We are eager to catch up with old friends and welcome new ones. Please contact Director of Music Tom Pedersen at tpedersen [at] stpaulsk.org if you have any questions.


    The gifted voices of The Sanctuary Choir invite the congregation into praise and reflection at our 10:30 worship service. On Special Music Sundays throughout the church year, the Choir offers selections featuring ensembles drawn from the congregation and outside musicians. The Sanctuary Choir also provides meaningful music for special events such as Christmas Eve and Holy Week services. The Sanctuary Choir rehearses most Thursday evenings (September-May) at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211 (Choir Room), with warm-ups & brush-up rehearsal on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Contact music director Tom Pedersen (tpedersen [at] stpaulsk.org) for more information.


  • The youth Choir

    Youth Choir rehearses most Sundays, 6:00-6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, during the school year. 


    This rehearsal time falls between the Middle High and Senior High St. Paul's Youth (SPY) meetings - please visit the Youth page for more information! You don't have to be involved with SPY activities to be in choir (but most of our singers come early or stay late to enjoy SPY fellowship and fun). We provide a quick dinner for our Youth Choir singers!


    The Youth Choir will be led by James Woods, pianist studying Music Direction and Composition at Catholic University, with guidance from our Director of Music, Tom Pedersen. If you think you can't sing, we challenge you to come anyway and let us prove you wrong! Come join us!

  • joyful ringers!

    The Joyful Ringers! handbells ensemble has been ringing since 1966 and includes members of varying levels of musical experience. Our goals are to have fun, strive for musical excellence, and worship God through music. The Joyful Ringers! (JRs!) rehearse most Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. in Room 109 and play for Sunday services approximately once a month and on special occasions. Our fine bells were made by England's Whitechapel Bell Foundry (est. 1570) - the same foundry that cast the Liberty Bell. Contact the church office for more information.

  • Children's Choir

    The youngest singers bring their music to the Sanctuary for the 10:30 worship service about once a month during the school year. All children in Grades K-5 are invited to learn inspiring and fun songs as part of our Children's Choir! Rehearsals will be held 11:45-12:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room on Sundays starting September 29.


    Many of these children also delight the congregation with a Christmas Pageant each year as we celebrate the birth of Christ. Christmas Pageant rehearsals take place on Sundays after worship in November and December.


  • June CHoir Opportunities 2019

    Would you like to sing in the adult choir but are worried about the weeknight rehearsal commitment? Then relax and join us for June Choir 2019! Just come to Room 211 (Choir Room) any Sunday in June at 9:30 a.m.. We rehearse together before the 10:30 a.m. worship service and sing music specifically chosen by Director of Music Tom Pedersen to be meaningful and accessible to this pick-up choir. 


    Questions? Contact Tom at tpedersen [at] stpaulsk.org.

  • The St. Paul's ORgan

    Our organ was initially purchased in 1969 from the Aeolian Skinner Organ Company of Randolph, Massachusetts. It was expanded to its current state during renovation work in 2006. Click Here for a full stoplist prepared by Organist Marvin Mills