St. Paul’s recognizes the importance and power of music in the way it supports inspiring worship. We have a long tradition of organ and choral music actively supported by the vestry and congregation. We enjoy an informal relationship with the University of Kansas School of Music, and many of our organists have been graduate students pursuing degrees in KU’s prominent organ and church music program.
The clergy and organist/choirmaster work together in leadership of music ministry. Our balanced choir of twelve singers provide an anthem and sung psalm each week, in addition to hymns and service music. This very dedicated choir rehearses weekly through the academic year and sings Sunday services for about eleven months of the year. Our modest but beautiful pipe organ supports the choir and congregation, and instrumentalists join us on occasion to add variety to our services.
Since many church traditions no longer support choral singing, we hope to be a beacon for those who love singing in choir. We hope that maintenance of this choral tradition continues to attract singers to St. Paul’s in the future. Choristers (children’s choirs) have been a part of St. Paul’s in the past and we keep that option open as we hope for growth. While we strive to maintain the liturgical quality of the music we offer, we recognize that variety is of importance for the future, and we hope that future improvements to our organ and the possibility of a permanent piano might broaden our music offerings.