When in our music God is glorified, And adoration leaves no room for pride, It is as though the whole creation cried Alleluia! -F. Pratt Green (b. 1903) From The Hymnal 1982
Music permeates virtually every aspect of the life of St. Pauls, from the liturgy to the concerts provided by the choir and the St. Paul’s Quartet throughout the year. As Episcopalians, we have a musical heritage that is rich and deeply spiritual. For 1,400 years Anglican church music has evolved as an extremely diverse and multilayered art that celebrates and encompasses many different traditions.
The Music Program at St. Pauls is under the direction of Charles A. Rigsby, Organist and Choirmaster. St. Paul’s Church has a rich musical heritage. All are welcome to sing in a choir and/or ring hand bells. Please contact Charlie Rigsby for more information: 442-7373 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Charlie is also the director of the Arkansas Interfaith Music Camp offered each year at Subiaco Abbey in Central Arkansas.
Our prime and privileged task is to worship the God who made us, and to proclaim Jesus as the Savior and Hope of the world. The mission of the music is to aid the congregation in worship, through hymns, liturgical services, music, choral anthems, ensembles, solos, and hand bells. The choir is the heartbeat of our music ministry. The choir members volunteer and provide devoted leadership in all areas of our worship.
Cherub Choir – for Girls and Boys in Kindergarden and grade 1, meets Tuesday from 3:30 – 4:15.
St. Cecilia Choir – for Girls and Boys in Grade 2 Rehearsals begin in August on Thursday afternoon from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. This is a preparatory time for beginning choristers, who will begin singing with the older boys and girls on Sunday, Advent I, or sooner. They will study liturgy, vocal production, music, theory, and have fun singing!
St. Theresa Choir for Girls and St. Nicholas Choir for Boys (Grades 4 through 6). Rehearsal is on Thursday afternoon from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 8:15 a.m. These choristers sing for the 8:45 a.m. Sunday Service, September through May and for Festival Services. They follow the training scheme for The Royal School of Church Music.
St. Dominic Choir – for Youth Grades 7 – 12 Rehearsal is on Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 until 5:15 p.m. and on Sunday morning at 8:15 a.m. This group sings for the 8:45 a.m. Sunday Service, September through May, and for Festival Services. Please encourage your teen age chorister to join this group.
St. Paul Adult Choir – for Adults who are young and not so Young! This truly talented group rehearses on Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and sing for the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Service, September through May and for Festival Services. Sunday morning rehearsal is at 10:30 a.m. (Some sneak in late after Sunday School and that is allowed, provided they are really at Sunday School!) Their repertory is large and ever expanding.
St. Andrew Handbell Choir – for Junior and Senior High Rehearsal is on Wednesday from 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. They usually play once a month and for Festival Services.