Part of St. Paul’s mission to provide dynamic worship is seen in its dedicated choirs and ensembles. The St. Paul’s music covers a wide diversity of music including standard choral classics, English anthems, new & old “concert” arrangements of spirituals, arrangements of hymn tunes, and gospel selections. The accomplished choirs have sung in venues such as the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
The St. Paul’s Choir
The St. Paul’s Choir of 90 voices is the largest volunteer choir in the Episcopal Church nationwide. The choir performs on every 1st Sunday of each month at St. Paul’s, as well as for all Festival Services and Feast Days. The St. Paul’s Choir is the main parish choir.
They also perform upon invitation around Atlanta and the Southeast, as well as venues out of the state and overseas. In 2006, they performed a Choral Eucharist upon exclusive invitation from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. In 2009, they were invited to travel overseas to Bridgetown, Barbados to serve as the International Choir-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels. In 2011, they were invited to be the featured chorus at the Music in Paradise Festival in Key West, Florida. In 2012, they served as the nucleus of the 300-voice Diocesan Choir at the Bishop’s Ordination of their former Rector (now Tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta), The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright. In 2013, they performed a Choral Eucharist at the Episcopal Seminary of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. And also in June of 2013, they have been accepted to perform at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina where they will be the first African American Choir to perform at this very prestigious, internationally acclaimed performing arts festival.
Voices of Praise
The Voices of Praise of 25 voices is the adult gospel choir of St. Paul’s. They perform on each 2nd Sunday of every month at St. Paul’s when the parish leads their Gospel/Jazz Masses.
They are accompanied by the Jazz Band of St. Paul’s, including drummer Edith Dean, bass guitarist Ray Ransom, and keyboardist Chanda McKnight.
They also perform upon invitation around Atlanta, where they have been the guest choir for revivals and workshops.
The Voices of Praise is directed by Chanda McKnight, Music Associate.
The Men’s Chorus of 23 gentlemen is the adult men’s choir of St. Paul’s. They perform on each 3rd Sunday of every month at St. Paul’s when the parish leads services featuring Afro American Spirituals in the glee club tradition. They perform almost entirely a capella repertoire.
They also perform upon invitation around Atlanta, where they have been the guest choir for revivals and glee club performances.
The Women’s Chorus is 20 women is the adult women’s choir of St. Paul’s. They perform on each 4th Sunday of every month of St. Paul’s when the parish leads services in the women’s glee club tradition.
The Women’s Chorus is directed Ann Marie McPhail.
The Youth Choir of 40 teens is the middle school/high school choir of St. Paul’s. They perform on each 5th Sunday at St. Paul’s when the parish features teen-led worship services.
The Handbell Choir of St. Paul’s features three octaves of bells and 11 ringers and performs on each 3rd Sunday of the month.