Music at St. Paul’s

A Note to all Parents and Grandparents of PreK to 5th Grade Children: The children are scheduled to sing in their Nativity Pageant on Christmas Eve in the 4:00 service. If you wish for your children to participate in this worship opportunity, please bring them to Sunday School and don’t be late–we have a 15-minute music rehearsal that begins at 9:30 every Sunday morning in the sanctuary.  Will you please drop me a note to let me know if your children plan to participate? Thank you. Linda Laughton,  music@stpaulsbeaufort.org


Our percussion section for the Psalm – Sunday November 21, 2021

Welcome to the music ministry page at St. Paul’s

UNTO GOD MY EXCEEDING JOY, a virtual choir choir project

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Each week in our Eucharistic prayer we enjoin our voices with “angels, archangels and all the company of heaven” giving glory to God. We never imagined how thin the veil between heaven and earth would be when as we commended Lisa Stockard, beloved at St. Paul’s Beaufort to the One in whose image and likeness she was so fearfully and wonderfully made. Together with her husband Matt, they served St. Paul’s together; he as priest, she as artist and musician. Together they built  a legacy of creativity and possibility that remains alive and well. Lisa’ s watercolors of the church in all their myriad of renderings adorn the walls of our parish house, our offices and our homes. Each is different yet fully vibrant capturing the essence of what together they so faithfully nurtured in others. We prayed to know how best to honor Lisa and her legacy of art and music. Linda Laughton our organist and choral director used her gifts and those of her friends from around the world to uniquely express our gratitude for Lisa’s life and our continued thanksgiving for Matt whose priesthood still shapes the souls of those who sit in these pews. Those very souls join angels, archangels, and all the company of heaven” as we offer unto God our exceeding joy for the gift of Lisa Stockard. May you know the same as you listen with gladness and singleness of heart.

Rev. Tambria E. Lee – Rector, Saint Paul’s Beaufort


“Unto God My Exceeding Joy” is a composition for SSATB choir and organ written by Hridar Ingi Thorsteinsson for The Hallgrimskirkja Motet Choir in Reykjavik, Iceland. From 2003 to 2006, my husband was assigned duty at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland. While there, I served at the base Chapel of Light as organist, choir director and handbell director and we visited Hallgrimskirka many times. In 2015, one of my choir members traveled from North Carolina to Iceland and visited Hallgrimskirka where she bought a single copy of this octavo for me. In 2021, several parishioners gave funds to add 25 octavos to the permanent music library at St. Paul’s to honor Matthew Stockard, a previous rector whose wife, Lisa, died in February. This performance was produced as a virtual choir project during May and June of 2021, while still under Covid pandemic restrictions on choral singing. It has been a very special joy for me to compile this Icelandic music composition with the stunning photographs of Iceland by my friend, Kathryn Yanacek Mason. Our thanks to the fifteen singers who contributed vocal tracks, to Kathryn for her photographs, and to Hridar Ingi Thorsteinsson, composer, for his permission to perform and stream this piece.   Linda Laughton,  Music Director music@stpaulsbeaufort.org



WITH A VOICE OF SINGING, a virtual choir project

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Music Notes: Our virtual choir project for Easter Sunday and Eastertide is a choral classic by Martin Shaw (1875-1958). This joyous work was composed for the Annual Festival of the Rochester (UK) Diocesan Church Choirs Association, and remains a universal favorite nearly 100 years later! This virtual project is a compilation of 17 voices representing nine different churches in West Virginia, Alabama, New York and North Carolina. Thank you to the singers listed below who contributed vocal tracks. Any who wish to add their voices to future St. Paul’s virtual choir projects are invited to contact me, Linda Laughton, via email at music@stpaulsbeaufort.org.

Lynn Brugnolotti, soprano; St. Egbert’s Catholic Church, Morehead City, NC
Carole Carter, alto; First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, WV (WV Symphony Chorus)
Erin Chester, alto; St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, NC (Schola Cantorum)
Jim Cash, bass; St. Paul’s Episcopal, Beaufort, NC
Allison DuBuisson, alto; St. Paul’s Episcopal, Beaufort, NC
Glenn Dunn, tenor; St. Paul’s Episcopal, Beaufort, NC
Gary Frame, tenor; St. John’s Episcopal, Charleston, WV (WV Symphony Chorus)
Rebekah Heden, soprano; St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Morehead City, NC
George Hirasawa, tenor; St. Paul’s Episcopal, Beaufort, NC (Schola Cantorum)
Mike Klausing, tenor; St. John’s Episcopal, Charleston, WV (WV Symphony Chorus)
Linda Laughton, soprano; Organist and Music Dir., St. Paul’s Episcopal, Beaufort, NC (Schola Cantorum)
Michael McGinn, bass; St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Morehead City, NC (Schola Cantorum)
Robin Smith, alto; St. Francis by-the-Sea Episcopal, Salter Path, NC (Schola Cantorum)
Olivia Stockard, soprano; First Presbyterian, Raleigh, NC (Grace Chorale of Brooklyn; St. George’s Choral Society, NYC)
Su Tams, soprano; St. John’s Episcopal, Charleston, WV (WV Symphony Chorus)
Sara Walker, soprano; Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Gulf Shores, AL (Womansong Chorale)
Bob Westmoreland, bass; St. John’s Episcopal, Charleston, WV (WV Symphony Chorus) (Opus Choral)


Sicut Cervus by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, a virtual choir project. Click here.

Music Notes: Sicut Cervus by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, is a model of sacred Renaissance polyphony expressing spiritual yearning. It is one of the most popular among Palestrina’s motets. Sicut cervus is Latin for “as the deer” and the lyrics of the anthem are the text of Psalm 42:1; “As the deer longs for running waters, so my soul longs for you, my God.” We pray all who listen will be enchanted by the unique beauty of the countermelodies as they are woven together by voice. Thank you to the seventeen singers listed below who contributed vocal tracks for this production. Any who wish to add their voices to future St. Paul’s virtual choir projects are invited to contact me, Linda Laughton, via email at music@stpaulsbeaufort.org.

Lynn Brugnolotti, soprano; St. Egbert’s Catholic Church, Morehead City, NC
Carole Carter, alto; First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, WV (WV Symphony Chorus)
Erin Chester, alto; St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, NC (Schola Cantorum)
Jim Cash, bass; St. Paul’s Episcopal, Beaufort, NC
Allison DuBuisson, alto; St. Paul’s Episcopal, Beaufort, NC
Glenn Dunn, tenor; St. Paul’s Episcopal, Beaufort, NC<
Gary Frame, tenor; St. John’s Episcopal, Charleston, WV (WV Symphony Chorus)
Rebekah Heden, soprano; St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Morehead City, NC
George Hirasawa, tenor; St. Paul’s Episcopal, Beaufort, NC (Schola Cantorum)
Mike Klausing, tenor; St. John’s Episcopal, Charleston, WV (WV Symphony Chorus)
Linda Laughton, soprano; Organist and Mus. Dir., St. Paul’s Episcopal, Beaufort, NC (Schola Cantorum)
Michael McGinn, bass; St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Morehead City, NC (Schola Cantorum)
Robin Smith, alto; St. Francis by-the-Sea Episcopal, Salter Path, NC (Schola Cantorum)<
Olivia Stockard, soprano; First Presbyterian, Raleigh, NC (Grace Chorale of Brooklyn; St. George’s Choral Society, NYC)
Su Tams, soprano; St. John’s Episcopal, Charleston, WV (WV Symphony Chorus)
Sara Walker, soprano; Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Gulf Shores, AL (Womansong Chorale)
Bob Westmoreland, bass; St. John’s Episcopal, Charleston, WV (WV Symphony Chorus) (Opus Choral)

Linda Laughton, Music Director
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church


A virtual choir project by the ladies*, “Lift Thine Eyes,” the Angel Trio from Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH, is dedicated to the memory of Bitsy Dudley, Ann Hauman and Lisa Pegg Stockard, in honor of their many years as faithful choir members at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beaufort. They now sing with the Angels in the heavenly realms. May their souls rest in peace.

Click HERE to link to the Vimeo recording.

Nine of us* (representing eight churches from NC, NY, AL and WV) singing eleven tracks (two of us provided tracks for two separate vocal parts), mixed and produced by yours truly, and streamed in our Sunday services at St. Paul’s through Lent (alternately with Sicut Cervus which is currently being produced). Lift Thine Eyes is in the public domain, so we are all free to share or stream this product as we see fit. Credits for bulletins are below. I pray you will enjoy! –LL

Music Notes: Lift Thine Eyes is the Angel Trio from Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio, ELIJAH. Individual vocal recordings from nine women singers (representing eight different churches from Alabama, North Carolina, New York  and West Virginia) were combined to create this SSA a cappella virtual project. The text is Psalm 121:1,2,3 .“Lift thine eyes, O Lift thine eyes to the mountains, whence cometh help. Thy help cometh from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He hath said, Thy foot shall not be moved; Thy keeper will never slumber.” Thank you to the singers listed below who contributed vocal tracks. Any who wish to add their voices to future St. Paul’s virtual choir projects are invited to contact me, Linda Laughton, via email at music@stpaulsbeaufort.org.

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  • Lynn Brugnolotti, soprano; St. Egbert’s Catholic Church, Morehead City, NC
  • Erin Chester, alto; St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, NC (Schola Cantorum)
  • Allison DuBuisson, alto; St. Paul’s Episcopal, Beaufort, NC
  • Rebekah Heden, soprano; St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Morehead City, NC
  • Linda Laughton, sop; Organist and Mus. Dir., St. Paul’s Episcopal, Beaufort, NC (Schola Cantorum)
  • Robin Smith, alto; St. Francis by-the-Sea Episcopal, Salter Path, NC (Schola Cantorum)
  • Olivia Stockard, soprano; First Presbyterian, Raleigh, NC (Grace Chorale of Brooklyn; St. George’s Choral Society, NYC)
  • Su Tams, soprano; St. John’s Episcopal, Charleston, WV (WV Symphony Chorus)
  • Sara Walker, soprano; Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Gulf Shores, AL (Womansong Chorale)

Grace Notes
By Linda Laughton, Music Director


As I reflect on the past year, roughly May 2020 to May 2021, it is hard to believe the volume of music that the choir produced virtually. I have described the production process in detail in my Grace Notes articles throughout the Covid19 pandemic, so you are aware that it required a tremendous amount of time and effort on everyone’s part. Please say a little prayer of thanks for the choir members who were faithful to sing, regardless of how we were able to safely gather.

We welcome new choir member, Dot Covert, to St. Paul’s. She and her husband, Jon, come to us from St. Andrew’s
in Morehead City. Dot has sung in church choirs her entire life and brings lots of experience with her. She also exudes a
warm and welcoming spirit which is contagious so watch out! I also want to thank Kathryn Walker, soprano, for joining
with our choir this past summer. We have enjoyed her lovely voice in our group and we all wish her great success as she pursues her career in New York City this fall.


The Complete History of the St. Paul’s Handbells

It all started during the lifetime of parishioner, John Costlow, who during his travels to the UK and given his penchant for handbells, would visit flea markets in search of used bells. After his death, his widow Ginny donated a full box of old handbells to the music ministry at St. Paul’s. When I arrived at St. Paul’s in September of 2018, Stephen unearthed the box from storage and I, a ringer going way back, got excited. The bells were in ratty condition, some without handles, but the sound was pure tone and glorious. Researching the bells, we discovered they were manufactured by the John Taylor bell foundry in Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK, and that some date to the late 1800s. The John Taylor Foundry is regarded as the founder of the world’s finest bells and their ringing mechanisms are finished with hand tooled leather and felt.
 
The box contained great potential.

In January, 2019 Sandra and Birkett Howarth funded the refurbishing of the old bells at Jeffers Handbells in Irmo, SC. When the bells were returned, they had been cleaned, repaired and packed in two old donated cases, free to us. We assembled a small group of ladies and got busy learning how to ring.
Our nascent bell choir was Barb Ackermann, Len Gilstrap, Ashley Henry, Sandra Howarth, Diane Meelheim and Sarah Jo Safrit.

From February, 2019 to March, 2020, we learned ringing technique, studied bell scores, and added more ringers to
the roster: Barbara Bryan, Victoria Evans and Ine Noe. Allison DuBuisson, after fillingin as a substitute, became a permanent member of the bell choir. Two to four ringers rang the psalm plainsong chant tone in the Sunday morning Eucharist.

On March 8, 2020 the choir rang Lascia ch’io pianga (Adoration) from G. F. Handel’s RINALDO as the introit at the 10:45 Rite II service. Ringers: Barbara Bryan, Allison DuBuisson, Victoria Evans, Ashley Henry, Sandra Howarth, Ine Noe and Linda Laughton.

In February 2020, we ordered seven new bells to complete our partial twooctave set after receiving donations from
Patricia Pitts IMO and IHO her husband, Charles; Joy and Michael Rave IHO their daughter Anastasia (the “A” bell); Ine and Tip Noe, Barb Ackermann, Pat Ausband, Sarah Jo Safrit, Dorothy Wilson, Doris McMullan IMO Tommy Jones, and Mark and Linda Laughton.
 
The bell foundry closed during the Covid19 pandemic, April, 2020, and manufacture was delayed due to staffing shortage after reopening in May, 2020.
 
The new handbells arrived on September 23, 2020 to complete our twooctave set. In November 2020, we added a 2octave set of Malmark Handchimes to the choir.
  • For the year May 2020 to May 2021, there was no live music due to Covid, so all music was prepared virtually.
  • In March, 2021 Nancy Whitt and Sue Way joined the choir.
  • The handbell choir resumed weekly rehearsal in the large, open space of the fellowship hall where they gloved, masked and maintained a safe social distance. No bells were shared and the ringers felt comfortable and safe in a 45minute practice session.
  • On April 25, 2021 the handbells performed “Fairest Lord Jesus” virtually. Ringers: Barbara Bryan, Allison DuBuisson, Victoria Evans, Ashley Henry, Sandra Howarth, Sue Way and Nancy Whitt.
  • In June, 2021 Nancy Stephenson joined the bell choir as a permanent substitute.
  • On August 1, 2021, the handbell choir was featured at the 10:00 service with the prelude, “Little Prelude in E Minor” by John S. Dixon, and the offertory anthem, “Rushing Mighty Wind” by Tammy Waldrop. Ringers: Barbara Bryan, Victoria Evans, Ashley Henry, Sandra Howarth, Nancy Stephenson, Nancy Whitt and Sue Way.

To the many hands and hearts who played a role in the history of the St. Paul’s handbell choir, thank you! It is my prayer that the sound of the bells will bless listeners for generations to come. The bell choir will resume inperson, weekly rehearsals Wednesday, September 8 from 4:305:30, and are scheduled to be featured in worship on November 21, Christ the
King Sunday. ~


The Epistle, September, 2021


Pictured left to right: Tori Evans, Nancy Whitt, Nancy Stephenson, Ashley Henry,

Barbara Bryan, Sandra Howarth and Sue Way August 1, 2021

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Adult Choir – December 2019

    The liturgy follows the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. The choir is responsible each week for singing a hymn during the procession, a Gloria or Kyrie or Trisagion, a psalm, a gospel acclamation and verse or a sequence hymn, a choral anthem at the offertory, a presentation hymn, the Sanctus and Fraction Anthem during the Eucharistic prayer, hymns at the communion, and a post-communion or recessional hymn. Occasionally, the choir will also sing a choral introit before the beginning of the service, or a choral benediction at the end of the service. Hymns are sung primarily from The Hymnal 1982 and its supplements, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “Wonder, Love and Praise.” Occasionally, hymns are sung from other sources and reproduced in accordance with St. Paul’s church copyright license agreement with OneLicense.net.

    St. Paul’s Choir is an associate member of The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) whose mission is to assist churches throughout the world in maintaining high quality standards in their music programs. St. Paul’s uses RSCM planning resources in selecting its choral music. St. Paul’s also utilizes the RSCM choir training method, VOICE FOR LIFE (VFL), as an independent study program which is offered to any choir member of any age willing to put in the extra time required outside of weekly choir rehearsals. VFL is a 5-level course with ribbons and certificates available at the completion of each level.  The ribbons are an attractive incentive for the children and youth singers as they may be worn over the choir cotta during performance.

    Children and Youth Choirs.  All children and youth at St. Paul’s gain choral experience in brief sessions during their normally scheduled Sunday Christian Formation classes. This experience allows them to learn at least two choral anthems per school year, one performed during the Nativity Pageant on Christmas Eve and the other on Easter Sunday or Pentecost.  

    Handbell Choir.  The Handbell Choir rings a partial 2-octave set of John Taylor handbells manufactured at Taylor’s Bell Foundry in Loughborough, England. The “Grace Handbells” were a gift to the church from a parishioner, and a portion of the set dates back to the early 1800s. The bells were refurbished in February, 2019 thanks to the generosity of another parishioner, and our newly formed bell choir meets at a mutually agreeable time to practice the intricate skills of proper English handbell ringing technique. The St. Paul’s Handbell Choir is a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. Using only four to eight bells, the handbell choir rings the psalm on Sundays when a plainsong tone is sung. Our newest addition to the music ministry, the Handbell Choir is intent upon developing its repertoire and hopes to very quickly add the six missing bells to complete the 2-octave set.

    How to share your music gifts at St. Paul’s.  All St. Paul’s choirs welcome new members with open arms and loving hearts. Contact Linda Laughton, Director of Music at music@stpaulsbeaufort.org

Monetary gifts to the Music Ministry discretionary fund are always welcome.