Music at St. Paul’s

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Grace Notes —June, 2020By Linda Laughton, Music Director(

Things are changing so rapidly! We look for things to hold close that assure us that everything will be OK. For me music remains a constant while the sands shift beneath my feet. Consider your favorite hymn. Do you ever sing it in your head? Sing it in your heart! No one needs to hear you. God hears you! Singing can be a source of comfort. Do you know the Old 100th, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow?” Sing it aloud knowing you are part of a magnificent chorus that I am certain puts a smile on God’s face! Change is ever present in our lives today. As we move from Phase One to Phase Two of reopening, certain restrictions have been lifted, but we are still not able to be together at St. Paul’s as we were before the Corona virus pandemic.Despite the change in our circumstances, music is a constant that can provide a feeling of security and connectivity to our fellow St. Paul’s members even though we are not gathered as one within the walls of the church building. To stay connected with the choir, I am hosting virtual choir rehearsals on Zoom as we work up our set of Songs Ready to Perform (SRP). My occasional email, “Dear Singers, Ringers and Friends,” is gaining in popularity. Every few days or so I will share thoughts, background information and video links to certain songs and hymns via an email letter. If you enjoy music and would like to learn a bit more about some of the songs we sing, just send me a note and I will add you to the group distribution. Sadly, at the end of June, Barb Ackermann will be leaving the choir to return to Maryland to be closer to her family. We will miss her but I’m happy she will stay connected with the St. Paul’s choir via our Zoom rehearsals until she finds a new church choir to join. On behalf of the choir, we thank her for her faithful service at St. Paul’s and wish her all the best! Until we can get together in person, we will continue to support one another by our prayers and our virtual gathering. Be well! Stay tuned! Bless! Bless! ~ Linda

Music Ministry at St. Paul’s Beaufort.  The Music Ministry at St. Paul’s supports the Sunday 10:45am liturgy (10:00am during the summer), other high feast days during the year, and at Christmas and Holy Week with an organist/choir director, an adult choir, a children’s choir, a youth choir and a handbell choir. The sanctuary organ is a 3-manual Allen Quantum Renaissance model 350. The adult and youth choirs are vested in a traditional Anglican black or red choir cassock with white cotta. The children’s choir wears a blue cassock with white cotta. 

    Adult Choir.  The Adult Choir consists of approximately a dozen volunteer singers with capacity for 24 or more. Professional vocalists and musicians are hired as needed to assist the choir for occasional services. The choir meets in the rehearsal room each week during the school year on Wednesdays from 6:45 pm to 8:15 pm, and Sunday mornings from 9:50 to 10:30 preceding the 10:45 service; and during the summers on Sunday mornings from 8:45 to 9:45 preceding the 10:00 service. There are no Wednesday rehearsals during the summer.

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

    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

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