St. Paul's Music
St. Paul’s Music: Music in a Sacred Space
Through the language of music, St. Paul’s Music is a bridge between the secular and the sacred that
Now in its thirty-eighth year, St. Paul’s Music continues as a ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Through generous supporters, St. Paul’s Music is able to offer a variety of events to the community, and continues to feature choral masterworks performed by St. Paul’s Choir with orchestra, as well as professional artists from the Indianapolis area and around the world. This organization also supports projects such as recordings and choir pilgrimages.
april 9, SUNDAY AT 4:00 p.m. - a sacred harp passiontide service
The spare and haunting sound of shape-note singing is well-suited for this Lenten meditation service on the Passion. Started in New England singing schools as a way to teach music theory, shape-note singing eventually wove into the heart of Appalachia and Southern states where the tradition of singing “fa-so-la” melodies in three or four parts still endures. Sacred Harp is the name of the most popular publication in the shape-note style, and as the preface explains, King David may have played on the harp, but the instrument we were all given at birth – the human voice – is the sacred harp. The service also includes retellings of the Passion narrative in a folk story version as told by Clarence Jordan in his Cotton Patch Gospels. St. Paul’s Choir will sing original versions of tunes from Sacred Harp and other collections, as well as anthem arrangements by American composers.
APRIL 16, easter SUNDAY AT 9:00 & 11:15 a.M. - festival holy eucharist
St. Paul’s Choir sings festive music to celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection. Hymns and anthems will be accompanied by organ, brass and timpani.
may 7, sUNDAY AT 4:00 p.M. - choral evensong
Featuring music for Eastertide. An organ prelude begins at 3:45 p.m.
MAY 13, SaturDAY AT 1:00 P.M. - st. paul's choir school recital
Let your spirit be lifted by the music of young musicians! Choir School youth perform an instrumental recital demonstrating their creative talents.
MAY 21, sUNDAY AT 4:00 P.M. - organ recital: matthew gerhardt
A recital of organ music featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude, Josef Rheinberger, Gaston Litaize and others.