For more information about any of the music ministries at St. Paul’s, please contact Grant Hellmers, Organist-Choirmaster, at 703-549-3312 x17 or
Music Ministries at St. Paul’s engage the church and community.
St. Paul’s music ministries encourage participation from the pews to the musician’s gallery, offering opportunities for all ages and abilities to make music to the glory of God. We recognize the dynamic, affirming and worshipful act of music-making as a gift from God that unifies, inspires, delights, expresses, comforts and challenges us. Music, along with all of our liturgical actions, shapes God’s people to live lives worthy of our calling through Jesus Christ our Lord. Through musical excellence, we proclaim the story of God’s mighty acts in all of creation, we affirm the Word and sacraments of the church, we nurture relationships with God and one another, and we open our doors to the world through our liturgies and concerts.
Choral Evensong is a sung service by clergy and the choir with a tradition steeped in the history of the monastic and collegiate traditions of the Anglican Church. Following the form for Evening from the Book of Common Prayer, the service embodies the corporate prayers of those assembled on behalf of God’s universe. Choral Evensong takes place on four Sundays each season at 5:00 p.m.
We make music to praise and thank God.
Angel Choir (age 4 through grade 2) meets weekly on Wednesdays during the choir year from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. Spiritual formation, learning to belong, and musical fun are all included. The Angel Choir sings on the first Sunday of each month at the 9:00 a.m. service and also at the 4:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve.
St. Cecilia Choir (Grade 3 through changed voices) leads worship at the 9:00 a.m. service on the first and third Sundays from September through May. Choristers meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m as well as at the 4:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve.
St. Paul's Choir (changed voices through adult) meets weekly on Thursdays during the choir year from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. St. Paul's Choir leads the 11:00 a.m. Sunday liturgy from September through mid-June in addition to Thanksgiving Eve, Advent Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and Choral Evensong services. Service preparation begins at 10:15 a.m. each Sunday for the 11:00 a.m. liturgy; 6:30 p.m. for weeknight services (9:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve); and 3:15 p.m. for Choral Evensong.
Hand Bell Choir ( teens and adults) rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:45 to 9:00 p.m. It will play at the 11:00 a.m. service on November 4 (All Saints' Day) and on December 16, Lessons and Carols.
Instrumentalists are invited to play for 9 a.m. services for some of the hymns and/or to play communion music for 11:00 a.m. services beginning in October. Please contact Grant Hellmers at
for more details.
Keyboard Scholars are dedicated members of a St. Paul's Choir who apply for organ or piano study each choir year. In addition to regular participation in a musical ensemble, scholars agree to participate in one weekly lesson to advance their music skills. A limited number of scholarships is available each season.
Musical instrumentalists from the congregation often make melody to the Lord in liturgies with their musical instruments as soloists, in ensembles, and with congregational singing. To offer your instrumental musical talent, please express your interest to the Organist-Choirmaster.
St. Paul's Saints and Singers supports the music ministries of St. Paul's by offering logistic and financial support. If you are interested in supporting the ongoing work of the choirs, please consider making a financial contribution payable to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with Saints and Singers clearly marked in the memo line. All are invited to volunteer to aid in the logistics of the program. For more information, please contact St. Paul's Organist-Choirmaster, Grant Hellmers, at 703-549-3312 x17 or