Music is an essential part of the worship experience and community life of St. Paul’s Church. Music enhances our understanding of the word of God and gives expression to our feelings of joy, as well as sorrow. At St. Paul’s Church, we are blessed with dedicated volunteer choir members, parishioners who eagerly share their musical gifts, and a congregation whose enthusiastic singing enlivens our Sunday services. Our music program is headed by our Music Director Ann Colgrove. Please contact
if you are interested in participating in the music program.
St. Paul’s Church has three choirs comprised of year-round and seasonal volunteer singers: the Adult Choir, the Children’s Choir, and the Compline Choir.
The Adult and Children’s Handbell Choirs are another important part of our music program.
We are fortunate to have three excellent instruments – the 1902 Hutchings-Votey pipe organ, a Steinway baby grand piano, and a Bentside spinet harpsichord – as well as a three-octave set of Schulmerich handbells.
Saturdays 4:00 p.m -5:30 p.m.
The Adult Choir provides musical leadership each Sunday for the primary Holy Eucharist service (10:00 a.m. during the summer; 9:30 a.m. in the fall, winter, and spring). The choir also sings at seasonal services, such as Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil, in addition to Choral Evensong several times a year. The choir’s repertoire spans centuries of beautiful music and includes hymns from the 1982 Hymnal, Wonder Love and Praise, and Lift Every Voice and Sing.
The choir is open to anyone – parishioners, guests, and visitors – whether for a week, a season, or year-round. Although choral singing experience is helpful, we welcome anyone who wants to participate in this important ministry.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Choir RoomThe Children’s Choir is open to children ages 6-12. The children sing at occasional services throughout the year, on their own, or with the Adult Choir.
The Compline Choir leads the candlelit Sung Compline service which is offered on Sunday evenings during Advent and Lent. Special rehearsals are scheduled in advance of these services.
Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Adult Handbell Choir is comprised of anyone, age 13+, who wants to ring handbells during occasional services. Previous handbell experience is not required.
Thursdays 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Choir RoomThe Children’s Handbell Choir is open to children ages 6-12. The children learn to read music and to develop handbell-ringing skills. For more information contact Ann Colgrove Music Director.
The centerpiece of the St. Paul’s Church's music program, our 1902 Hutchings-Votey pipe organ, is a musical treasure. The organ was renovated and enlarged by the Andover Organ Company in 2014, at a cost of $250,000. This investment was made part of our 2012-2014 Capital Campaign. The organ is a vital part of our worship service; its revitalization not only gives us endless combinations of sounds and textures, but allows us to go from the quiet of reflection and prayer to the dazzling all-stops-pulled joy of praise and thanksgiving.
For a list of the organ’s specifications, please click here.
Through a generous gift, St. Paul’s Church is fortunate to have a Steinway Model S piano for use in the sanctuary. The piano is frequently heard during the worship services and is often played by groups who use the sanctuary for performances.
The single-manual harpsichord, by master builder Mark Adler, is a wonderful addition to our collection of instruments. It gives us the ability to incorporate early music into our services, on its own or in combination with other Baroque and modern instruments.
St. Paul’s Church has a three-octave set of Schulmerich handbells for use by the adult and children’s handbell choirs. The bells enhance our service music, often accompanying the choirs for offertory anthems or choral blessings. From time to time the bells are used for the prelude and for Choral Evensong services. The handbells were refurbished by the Schulmerich Company in 2013.