Music at St. Paul’s

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WITH A VOICE OF SINGING, a virtual choir project

(click title above to listen or right click to download)

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 (music@stpaulsbeaufort.org)

            Each month through the year, the Grace Notes article in The EPISTLE chronicles the work of the choirs and other
activities taking place in music ministry. Due to the Covid pandemic which halted church gatherings, choral and congregational singing, we have lost the unique benefit of live choral performances and rehearsals. However, we have learned new ways to
provide our music. Here are three highlights of the year 2020 in music ministry:
The St. Paul’s Handbell Choir received the seven new John Taylor handbells in August which completes our historic two-octave set. Later in the fall, we added a 2-octave set of Malmark handchimes which augment the handbell choir
and are ideal instruments for children’s choirs.
Hymn Singing and Psalm Chanting: We provide every form of music for Sunday morning worship in a prerecorded format. Hymn singing in 4-part harmony is provided by a small group from the Adult Choir, primarily Jim Cash,
Allison DuBuisson, Glenn Dunn, George Hirasawa and Linda Laughton, who record their vocal tracks in their homes; Our
Cantors, primarily George Hirasawa and Chris Samojedny, meet periodically in an outdoor setting to chant and video-record
the Sunday psalms. The psalms are accompanied by handbells or chimes rung by Victoria Evans and Sandra Howarth.
The St. Paul’s Virtual Choir was created in spring, 2020 to fulfill the need for choral anthems in the worship setting.
We invite disenfranchised choir singers from any church to join with us. The Virtual Choir has grown to 20+ voices from 10
different churches and from four different states (Alabama, New York, North Carolina and West Virginia). We continue to
attract new singers to our Virtual Choir and new members to St. Paul’s. I invite any who may be interested in participating to
contact me via email at music@stpaulsbeaufort.org.
We are grateful for the musicians and singers, and humbled by God’s faithful provision to us. We are truly blessed and
thankful for the love, care and appreciation from the good folk at St. Paul’s. May we all count rich blessings in this new Year
of the Lord, 2021 AD.
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 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.