Making Music to Praise and Thank God
Being part of the St. Paul's choir has become an integral part of my personal worship experience at St. Paul's...I can simultaneously revel in the divine gift of music while sharing my passion with the other incredibly gifted singers of the choir and a larger St. Paul's community of loving, caring, giving people.“
St. Paul’s music ministries engage the church and the community, encouraging participation from the pews to the musician’s gallery and 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.
Contact: Grant Hellmers, Organist-Choirmaster
(703) 549-3312 x17
St. Paul's Music News & Events
Praying with the Songs of Taizé
Tuesday, April 11
This year we expand our Holy Week worship with the start of a new tradition — Praying with the Songs of Taizé. This form of meditative common prayer comes from a tradition of an ecumenical community in Taizé, France. Gathered in the presence of Christ, we sing short songs repeatedly, allowing the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity. Praying with the Songs of Taizé will be held in the sanctuary on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. Please consider making this a part of your Lenten-Holy Week experience.
About Choral Evensongs
Choral Evensongs, featuring St. Paul's Choir directed by Grant Hellmers, are held four times a year - Epiphany, Lent, Ascension Day, and All Saints' Day. Watch this video for a sneak peek of Evensong services at St. Paul's!
St. Paul's Choirs & Ensembles
Angel Choir (age 4 through grade 2) meets weekly on Wednesdays during the choir year from 4:45 to 5:15 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, as well as at the 4:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. Choristers meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m.
St. Paul's Adult 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 All Saints' Day and at Advent Lessons and Carols.
The Damascus Road Dogs is an eclectic instrumental ensemble which presents fresh arrangements of hymn tunes and other songs drawn from diverse styles. They participate weekly in the 9:00 a.m. service and periodically for other services. Contact Jim Bennett by email or at (804) 901-1238.
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. 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 Grant Hellmers.
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.
Singers and music makers are invited to consider making a commitment to singing or playing an instrument (or both!) for our Faith@5 service. The singers and music makers will help support congregational singing and will sometimes present a song or hymn as an ensemble. If you are interested in participating, or have a question, please contact St. Paul's Minister of Music Jim Bennett.
Fundraising for St. Paul's Music
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 Grant Hellmers.