From its earliest days, St. Paul’s has had a tradition of fine church music. Today, choirs for children, youth and adults provide leadership in the music for our Sunday services. Musical highlights of the church year include the Sunday after All Saints’ Day, Advent Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Holy Week, Easter, and the Day of Pentecost. Instrumentalists are used to enhance the service music numerous times during the year, including at the Celtic Evensongs. New members are welcome in all choirs; please contact Sumner Jenkins at email@example.com for additional information.
Sumner Jenkins – Organist/Choirmaster
Sumner joined St. Paul’s in September, 2016. Prior to joining us, Sumner served St. John’s, Washington, Ct. He also served 11 years at Calvary Episcopal Church, Memphis, TN, where he was responsible for a program that included two adult choirs, a children’s choir and a handbell choir. He also served as Artistic Director and Concert Manager for “Calvary & the Arts,” conducted and managed Calvary’s yearly concert presentation of Messiah, and was responsible for the restoration of Calvary’s 1935 Aeolian-Skinner organ. He has served parishes in Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland and was on the faculty of Chatham Hall, Chatham, Virginia, an Episcopal boarding school for girls.
Mr. Jenkins holds a BMus (1985) in Church Music and a MMus (1987) in Organ Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA. and has done additional study with Dr. Wilma Jensen and Diane Meredith Becher. He is an active member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and the American Guild of Organists. His work as a composer includes the anthem, “Even When God is Silent,” written for Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance), published by St. James Music Press – the text is a translation of words found written on a basement wall in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII.
The St. Paul’s Choir
The St. Paul’s Choir leads the music at the 10:30 a.m.Holy Eucharist (10:00 a.m.in summer) year round. A group of about thirty adults (and sometimes middle and high school students), this choir learns and presents anthems and service music that span the centuries of the great music of the Church. A repertoire of challenging choral music keeps the singers busy, but they also enjoy a warm fellowship. New members are welcome!
Rehearsals: Thursday 7:30-9:00 p.m., September – May
Sunday Warm-up Rehearsal: 10:00 a.m. September – May 9:30 a.m. June-August
The St. Paul’s Hand Bell Choir
The St. Paul’s Hand Bell Choir rings a three-octave set of Schulmerich hand bells. The bell ringers prepare preludes and accompaniments for certain anthems and hymns during the year, and they have played at a retirement home, at a community ecumenical service, and outside of Kroger’s for the Salvation Army red kettle Christmas collection! The Choir is made up of about eleven bell ringers and is open to adults and youth. A great sense of fun and fellowship characterizes the hard work of this choir. New members are welcome!
Rehearsals: Monday 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., September – May
The St. Paul’s Choristers
The St. Paul’s Choristers is a choir for those in kindergarten (five years old) through 5th grade. Older singers (6th grade and up) are welcome and encouraged to be part of this group. These older singers, who are very helpful in being good role models for the younger singers, are known as Choral Scholars. The Choir is divided for part of the rehearsal into younger and older groups for age-appropriate instruction.
The goals and curriculum of this choir draw, in part, on those of the Royal School of Church Music (Great Britain and the United States). The children learn how to use their singing voices, and they study the rudiments of note reading. Music games, fun songs, and listening experiences are interspersed with learning anthems and hymns. The children learn about the seasons of the church year, the music liturgy of the service, and the concept of serving God and the church through their gift of music. The Choristers sing in church on All Saints’ Sunday, Advent Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, and during Epiphany and Lent. New members are welcome!
Rehearsals: Tuesday 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., during the program year
Harmony and Serenity Music Care, A Compassionate Outreach Ministry
Through Harp and Voice
Music Care is live acoustic music shared through harp and voice, provided by a Certified Clinical Musician (CCM). It is an art based on the science of sound, tailored to meet the person’s immediate physical, emotional and spiritual needs by watching body language, breathing,
and vital signs indicated on monitors. This music can bring comfort to people dealing with a variety of illnesses. It can also journey with the person in hospice care, or those who feel isolated due to a health change, to surround them with peace, presence and love.
The St. Paul’s Organs
The first church organ heard in Lynchburg was installed in St. Paul’s in 1826. Today St. Paul’s has two pipe organs: a large gallery organ used for Sunday morning services and a small chancel organ used to accompany the Choristers and for Celtic Evensongs and other services and concerts.
The gallery organ is a 1972 three-manual Schantz pipe organ, consisting of 41 ranks, totaling 2,239 pipes. The chancel organ, a 2010 Bennett and Giutarri tracker continuo organ, is patterned on a 17th-century kisten (box or chest) organ by Manderscheidt of Nüremberg, Germany, and consists of three ranks of wooden pipes.