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The Choir of St. Paul's

The Choir of St. Paul's includes 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 CHOIR OF ST. PAUL'S?

 
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2021-2022 Evensong Series
Celebrating 15 Years!

Sundays at 4pm

 

All are invited to the 2021 - 2022 Evensong Series, monthly offerings on Sundays at 4pm.  In this 15th Anniversary Season of the Evensong Series and Choir School,  join in the festive offerings in a journey toward the July 2022 Residency by the Choir of St. Paul’s at Wells Cathedral, England.

 

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 Series includes Advent Lessons and Carols and concerts.

 

You may listen again to the 2020 - 2021 Virtual Evensong Series at:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlGnYp77OM7sDfb2LkvO-6fMlPdH56wGp

Click here for the 2021-2022 Evensong Series Program Schedule.

 
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Highlighting Women Composers at St. Paul’s

A great host of women bring the glad tidings.  ~ Psalm 68:11b

St. Paul's joyfully celebrates a great host of women composers amidst the music offered in services and concerts. Keep ears, minds and hearts open especially for music of black women composers Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, Melanie DeMore and Florence Price; Fanny Hensel Lobgesang, Elizabeth Kimble Communion Service, Sarah MacDonald Evening Canticles; and a premiere of commissioned evening canticles by Melissa Dunphy. The 2021-22 season includes the first Marcia McCowin Concert, an annual offering highlighting women composers and poets underwritten by the estate of Marcia McCowin.  The Choir of St. Paul's continues to premiere the poignant psalm anthems of St. Paul’s composer-in-residence Patricia Van Ness (patriciavanness.com).

 

 

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. The choir will be in residence at Wells Cathedral, England in July 2022.

Rehearsals on Thursdays, 7-9pm

Click here for detailed 2021-2022 calendar.

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 Choir.

 
The St. Paul's Choir School includes:
 
The St. Cecilia Choir (Grades K - 1) 

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, 4pm-4:30pm

 

Click here for detailed 2021-2022 calendar.

 
The St. Nicolas Choir (Grades 2 - 5) 

Weekly 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, 4:45pm-5:30pm

 

Click here for detailed 2021-2022 calendar.

 
The Choristers (Grades 4 - 7)

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 have the opportunity to attend RSCM summer courses and travel with the choir, including a residency at Wells Cathedral, England in July 2022.

Rehearsals on Wednesdays, 4pm-4:45pm and Thursdays, 6:45pm-7:30pm
RSCM time: Wednesdays, 4:45pm-5:15pm

 

Click here for detailed 2021-2022 calendar.

The Teens (Grades 8 -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.

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Rehearsals on Wednesdays, 5:15pm-6pm  
​RSCM time:  Wednesdays, 4:45pm-5:15pm
Rehearsals on Thursdays, 7-9pm


SA Teens
Rehearsals on Wednesdays, 6pm-6:45pm        
RSCM time:   6:45pm-7:15pm
Rehearsals on Thursdays, 7-9pm

Click here for detailed 2021-2022 calendar.

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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 youth 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. In May 2019, the Choir of St. Paul's hosted the first Three Choirs Festival West with the Choir of Trinity Cathedral, Portland, Oregon and the Choir of Men and Boys of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

The Choir of St. Paul’s will be in residence at Wells Cathedral, England in July 2022.