St. Paul's Episcopal Church
3:30 pm - church open for refreshments and homework
4-5 pm - St. Paul's Choristers rehearsal
7-9 pm - Parish Choir rehearsal
9 am - choir warm-up for 9:30 service
9:30 am - Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Music at St. Paul's
The Choir of St. Paul's is a multi-generational ensemble whose primary mission is to lead worship in the singing of psalms, hymns, anthems, and liturgical music for the 9:30 Sunday service. We rehearse once a week from 7-9 pm on Thursdays, and we welcome anyone who loves to sing.
St. Paul's Choristers participate in an elementary age children's choir (grades K-6.) Choristers learn vocal technique, music reading, spiritual formation, and how to be leaders in the liturgy through the Royal School of Church Music's Voice for Life curriculum. We sing at the 9:30 Sunday service approximately once every six weeks. We rehearse once a week from 4-5 pm on Thursdays, and we welcome any child who loves to sing.
If you are an instrumentalist and would like to share your gifts with the congregation through special music selections, please contact Paul to discuss ways to get involved.
Friday, November 22 at 6 pm - Choral Evensong for the Feast of St. Cecilia
A contemplative service of evening prayer, sung by the choir. A short organ recital by music director Paul Thomas will follow. Childcare will be provided, and afterwards there will be a reception. A free will offering will benefit the St. Paul's Choral Scholar fund.
Preces & Responses - William Smith
Evening Service in C major - Charles Villiers Stanford
A Hymn for St. Cecilia - Herbert Howells
Sunday, December 15 at 9:30 am - A Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent
The 9:30 am Holy Eucharist will begin with a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent. This service is adapted from the one created in 1934 by the Rev. Eric Milner-White for use at King's College Chapel in Cambridge. The Choir of St. Paul's will lead us in hymns, anthems and carols, interspersed with Advent lessons read by members of the congregation. Join us as we prepare for the coming of Christ in liturgy and song.
Paul Thomas recently graduated from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music with a Master of Music degree in organ performance, where he studied organ with Thomas Murray and organ improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. He completed the Certificate in Church Music Studies and received the Richard Paul DeLong prize for the student "whose work best exemplifies the dedication and the use of those special gifts required of practicing church musicians." As an organist, he has performed recitals in Connecticut and throughout the Carolinas, including an appearance at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. He recently placed second in the Schoenstein Competition in the Art of Organ Accompaniment. As an undergraduate at Furman University, Paul studied organ with Charles Tompkins and conducted the Furman Chancel Choir, which sang for weekly services in Daniel Chapel. He has also served as organist and accompanist of the Furman Singers, accompanying the choir on domestic and international tours.
In addition to Paul's duties at St. Paul's, he is the organist and choirmaster of the Episcopal Church at Yale, a chaplaincy ministry for undergraduates, graduate students, and members of the community. He also serves as organist of the Anglican Singers, who serve as artists-in-residence at St. James Episcopal Church, New London, CT and sing Evensong there regularly. When he is not practicing or leading rehearsals, Paul enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife Meredith and their West Highland White terrier, Rigby.