Music at St. Paul's
Building on a long tradition of excellent music, St. Paul’s offers a number of places to be involved in music ministry. These include:
Chancel Choir - is our large service choir, performing a variety of music from classical to contemporary. We always welcome new singers! Music reading is helpful but not required. Rehearsals during the year are on Wednesdays, 7 - 8 p,m, in the choir room, plus mini-rehearsals 45 minutes ahead of the services. Our Director of Music Ministry, Diane Schutz has served at Saint Paul's since 2007. Our choir is also enriched by the participation of choral scholars, high school and college students who sing with us in return for scholarship help. YOU can help support these young musicians with donations to our Music Ministry dedicated fund.
Praise Team / Praise Band - is the ensemble that leads music at our contemporary service (currently 10:30 a.m.). They prepare Praise and Worship music utilizing select contemporary singers and instrumentalists. Call Diane (644-6863) for details, or to volunteer your talents!
Bells of the Valley is a select handbell choir open to both church and community that meets during the school year. They have a long tradition at St. Paul’s, one that has included tours to Germany and Greece in previous years. Please call to verify rehearsal day and time!
Ring and Sing is a multi-generational handbell and choral ensemble with members ranging in
age from 7- ???? They rehearse Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15pm
St. Paul’s Orchestra is a small ensemble of instrumentalists, youth through adult, who prepare fun music for performance monthly at services. Their rehearsals are usually early Wednesday evenings. Volunteer by calling Diane.
Children & Youth Choir/Ensemble will reassemble this fall after a recent hiatus, providing a fun, learning environment for mid-high and high school students to prepare music for worship and special occasions.
They are preparing a musical for Christmas called "The Little Drummer Dude"!
Cherub Choir is our preschool music experience group which during the school year normally meets on Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.
Music at St. Paul’s sponsors concerts by area musicians and groups throughout the year, often on Sunday afternoons, taking advantage of the beautiful space provided by our sanctuary. We also host regular rehearsals by the Mesilla Valley Chorale and the New Desert Harmony Singers, as well as occasional rehearsals by the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra. This year we will also host performances by local artists.
All these opportunities are supported by our general church budget, by designated gifts to the Music Ministry fund, by proceeds from our endowment, by our various fundraisers, and by your generous gifts! But all we do depends on Volunteers like YOU who choose to participate in a great ministry dedicated to our Lord!