The Choirs at St. Paul's
The Choirs at St. Paul's include The Chancel Choir (adults) and The Choir School (grades K - 12).
In St. Paul's intergenerational choir ministry, boys and girls join equally with teens and adults in offering music to the glory of God.
WHAT'S NEW WITH THE CHOIRS AT ST. PAUL'S?
The Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir, a mixed volunteer choir with section leaders, sings a diverse repertoire ranging from chant, Renaissance and Baroque motets to Anglican anthems and newly composed sacred works. The Chancel Choir enriches the liturgy of the 10am Sunday Holy Eucharist, the Saturday Evensongs, and various additional liturgies including Advent Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve and the services of Holy Week (mid-September through early June). Individual musicianship training is offered to members through a RSCM for adults program.
Rehearsals on Thursdays, 7 - 9pm
Interested in joining the choir?
Email St. Paul's Music Director, Dr. Susan Jane Matthews, or call 650.348.4811. Membership at St. Paul’s is not required to sing in the St. Paul's choirs.
The St. Paul's Choir School includes:
The St. Cecilia Choir (may include Grades K - 2)
Weekly half-hour rehearsals help children find their natural singing voice and lay the groundwork for a life-long appreciation of music. The St. Cecilia Choir sings at the 10am Sunday Holy Eucharist several times throughout the choir season, and also at the Christmas Pageant, Choir School Concert, Easter Day, and services of Choral Evensong.
Rehearsals on Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4pm
The St. Nicolas Choir (may include Grades 2 - 8)
Weekly fifty-minute rehearsals prepare singers for entry into the Choristers including further development of vocal skills, ear training and introduction to reading of musical notation. The St. Nicolas Choir sings at the 10am Sunday Holy Eucharist several times throughout the choir season, and also at the Christmas Pageant, Choir School Concert, Easter Day, and services of Choral Evensong.
Rehearsals on Tuesdays, 4:05pm - 4:55pm
The Choristers (may include Grades 3 - 8)
Through the structured program of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Voice for Life training program, Choristers develop advanced vocal skills, musical understanding (theory and sight-singing), and knowledge of repertoire. The Choristers regularly join in singing soprano with the Chancel Choir at the Sunday 10am Holy Eucharist and at Choral Evensong, in addition to singing at the Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist, Annual Christmas Concert, and Choir School Concert. Choristers age 10 or older have the opportunity to attend RSCM summer courses.
Rehearsals on Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm OR Wednesdays, 4-5:30pm.
All attend Thursdays: 5:30-6:30pm Rehearsal; 6:30-7pm Dinner; 7-7:30pm Rehearsal with the Chancel Choir and Teens.
The Teens (may include Grade 9 -12 and younger boys whose voices have changed)
Teen singers have the opportunity to further mature in their musicianship beyond the scope of the four RSCM ribbons, and to serve as mentors and leaders within the choir, while receiving small-group instruction focused on adapting to the vocal transitions during the teenage years for both boys and girls. Coaching is provided for special projects according to the singer’s interests including RSCM award exams, summer courses, solo work, conducting, and composition. The Teens sing weekly with the Chancel Choir.
Rehearsals on Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30pm, Rehearsals on Thursdays, 7 - 9pm
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The Choir of St. Paul's
The Choir of St. Paul's draws together the adults of the Chancel Choir with the Choristers and Teens of the Choir School. This intergenerational choir sings at the weekly 10am Sunday Eucharist, quarterly 5pm Saturday Evensong, Advent Lessons and Carols, the annual Christmas concert, Christmas Eve, and the services of Holy Week and Easter Day.
The Choir of St. Paul's represented St. Paul's in a week-long residency at Gloucester Cathedral, England in July 2017, also singing concerts at Oxford University Church and Blenheim Palace. In the Bay Area, the Choir of St. Paul’s has performed at Grace Cathedral, the Candy Store, the Carolands, on Burlingame Avenue, and in the summer concert series at Stanford University Memorial Church. In October 2017, young women of the Choir of St. Paul’s joined with the Men of the Grace Cathedral Choir, San Francisco to sing a Diocesan Eucharist. Since June 2018, they have collaborated annually with the choir of Trinity Cathedral, Portland, Oregon, and will participate in the second annual Three Choirs Festival West in Portland in May 2020 with the Choir of Men and Boys of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.
Highlighting Women Composers at St. Paul’s
You may be noticing at St. Paul’s an intentional inclusion of women composers amidst the music offered in services and concerts. Please keep ears, minds and hearts open especially for the 12th century chant of Hildegard of Bingen; the Magnificat of 17th-century Milanese nun Chiara Cozzolani; choral and chamber music of Fanny Hensel (sister of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy); choral music of English composers Sarah MacDonald, Cecilia McDowall, and Judith Weir; choral music of American composers Maggie Burk, Eleanor Daley, Melissa Dunphy, Elizabeth Kimble, Jane Marshall, and Undine Smith Moore; and most especially premieres of the poignant psalm anthems of St. Paul’s composer-in-residence Patricia Van Ness, pictured at left. Learn more about the work of this talented composer at her web page, patriciavanness.com.
Drawing on the ancient monastic offices of Vespers and Compline, the beautiful and uniquely Anglican service of Choral Evensong (sung Evening prayer) is centered on prayer, psalms, and Scripture readings. In addition to Choral Evensong, the Evensong Concert Series includes seasonal services.