St. Paul’s rich and diverse Music Ministry is guided by Mike Smiley, our Sanctuary Choir Director and Michelle Showalter, our Accompanist. These musicians combine their own talents, leadership, and dedication to make “music as worship” an integral feature of St. Paul’s.
The Sanctuary Choir
A feature of the 10 o’clock worship service from September through mid-June, the Sanctuary Choir, led by Mike and accompanied by Michelle, performs special anthems along with adding their voices to the congregation singing hymns. Their anthems range the full spectrum of music from jazz to classical so that everyone, at some service, will hear their favorite genre praising God. The individual choir member’s musical talents vary but the sense of “music as worship” runs deep in each. Membership in the choir is open to all persons who want to share the talents God has given them. The choir rehearses Wednesday evenings (check Calendar).
The Praise Ringers
A dedicated group of talented “ringers” directed by Mike, performs on select Sundays throughout the year. They play tone chimes/choir chimes and each member is “responsible” for two to four notes of the scale. As with the choir, membership is open to all who want to share their God given talents. The Praise Ringers rehearse Tuesday afternoons (check Calendar).
Beginning in the fall, the Sanctuary Choir and Praise Ringers are blessed by the appearance of additional voices, musicians, readers, and helpers from the congregation and community as they begin rehearsal for the annual Advent performance. Usually performed on a Sunday Evening prior to Christmas, it has become a necessary tradition for performers and attendees.