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 Evening Prayer and Communion.
Are you interested in joining our merry band?
Contact the Choirmaster, Sumner Jenkins, for more 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 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 Belcher. 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 twenty-five adults, occasionally joined by the Senior Choristers, this choir 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 7:00-8:30 p.m., September – May
Sunday Warm-up Rehearsal: 9:45 a.m. September – May 9:15 a.m. June-August
The St. Paul’s Choristers
St. Paul’s is proud to be affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in America. Voice for Life, a graded choral formation program for singers young and old, is incorporated in the weekly rehearsals. The Voice for Life program provides a framework for choral singers to develop musical understanding and proper vocal habits & skills. Through the program choristers become mentors for each other, learn about liturgy and the church, and assume a role of leadership for those around them; all which are carried through to their adulthood.
The St. Paul’s Choristers is a choir for boys and girls in 1st grade and older. The choir begins rehearsal together for warm-up exercises and general discussions based on the needs of the day. The group then divides juniors and seniors for concentrated time together and come together to finish the day’s rehearsals.
St. Paul’s Chorister sing approximately once a month at the 10:30 a.m. liturgy. As the year progresses Senior Choristers join the St. Paul’s Choir on a more regular basis. Contact the Choirmaster for more information.
The St. Paul’s Choristers rehearse on Sundays for 45 minutes following the 10:30 liturgy.
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
Music Care Ministry, 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.
Click here to see Susan receive the Virginia Health Care Association award for Community Involvement VHCA Award-Sep 2017
Click below to view a video of the Music Care Ministry in action
Click below to view the latest video of Harmony and Serenity Music
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 neo-baroque gallery organ used for Sunday morning services and a small portativ organ in the Chancel used to accompany the Choristers and for Celtic Evensongs and other services and concerts.
The gallery organ, the fourth organ in the current church building, was built in 1972 by the Schantz Organ Company of Orville, Ohio. The instrument consists of 41 ranks across three manuals and pedal, 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.