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.

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. (starting Sept. 29)

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 Thursday, September 5 at 7:30 pm in the Room 211 (the choir room) to kick off a great season of music! 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 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 ( 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!

    In addition to working with Tom Pedersen, Director of Music, the Youth Choir will be led by James Woods, pianist and assistant director studying Music Direction and Composition at Catholic University. 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 JR! director Linda Ferrara ( 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 new 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) on June 2, 9, 23, & 30 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. 

    To participate in the Bluegrass Choir that will sing on Church Picnic Sunday (June 16), plan to attend a special rehearsal on Saturday, June 15, starting at 10:00 a.m. On Sunday June 16, come at 9:30 a.m. for a brush-up rehearsal. We'll sing at 10:30 a.m. worship, with the 7-piece band! Selections include arrangements of Turn Your Radio On, I Saw The Light, Mansion Over the Hilltop, By the Mark, Are You Washed in the Blood?, and I'll Fly Away.

    Questions? Contact Tom at

  • 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

Maundy Thursday Music

April 18

Part of Holy Week 2019

A message from Director of Music, Tom Pedersen:

Our Maundy Thursday, our worship journey will bring us alongside Christ from the Upper Room to the Garden, then Golgotha and the cross. We will weave into the Thursday evening liturgy a composition by American composer, Alfred Fedak. For Us the Living: A Requiem.

This beautiful piece for choir, organ, strings, flute, oboe and harp will feature Soprano, Molly Allen. Along with the usual liturgical texts (Introit, Kyrie, Sanctus and Benedictus, Pie Jesu and Agnus Dei), the composer has added movements: “Sentence: All We Go Down to the Dust,” a setting of Psalm 23, and “Valediction: The Souls of the Righteous.”

The title phrase “For Us the Living” is a quote from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Composer Fedak says, “For Us the Living fully acknowledges the twin realities of death and grief and is meant to serve as a grateful affirmation of the gift of life and an expression of comfort, consolation, hope and encouragement to all who have suffered loss. It’s, quite literally, a requiem for us, the living.”

The music for this service is made possible by the family of Bill Gibb, in loving memory of his faithful service to St. Paul’s and his great love of music. Please mark your calendars and invite friends to join you for this meaningful service .