Music & Concerts
The music ministry at St. Paul’s is the responsibility of the Music Director and is an essential part of the liturgy. The Music Director plays the organ and piano for the Sunday 10:15 am worship services as well as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas services, weddings and funerals. He also plays the Sanctus, a communion song, closing hymn, and postlude for the Sunday 8:00 am service.
Working with a music committee, which includes the Rector, the Music Director incorporates hymns, psalms, service music, anthems, and other sacred music into each worship service according to the scripture readings and themes for the day, season, or special celebrations. The music repertoire spans many centuries and musical styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary. The music at St. Paul’s is chosen to give glory to God through the worship experience, and to support and inspire congregational singing.
The Music Director leads the volunteer choir of about twelve voices. The choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:10 pm and a half hour before each service. The choir season begins immediately after Labor Day and runs through early June.
Worship in the main church at St. Paul’s is accompanied by a 3-manual Austin pipe organ (1923, rebuilt 2000) and a 5’6” Steinert piano. St. Anna’s Chapel has a 1 manual William Stevens tracker organ (1863) and a recently donated 5’3” Schafer piano. Both the main church and the chapel are known for their outstanding acoustics.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. (Psalm 100)
The concert program is a vibrant part of our church life and St Paul’s outreach to the community. We offer some of the finest classical music in New England through our partnerships with the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Grammy-nominated Skylark Vocal Ensemble, and the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, which features outstanding musicians from the former Soviet Union. In addition, we offer community concerts with talented individuals and groups. Each year we expand our exciting and uplifting repertoire of concert programs.
Watch for more information about our next concert on April 18th by the Roebling Trio of New York City presented in partnership with the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. Once again our brilliant new Steinway will fill the sanctuary accompanied by violin and cello. If you you attended or missed the tremendous success of our last concert “The Romantic Piano” with pianist Paulius Pancekauskas, you will not want to miss this one!
Sing to the LORD a new song, sing to the LORD, all the earth.
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