Music & Choir

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Hallelujah! (Psalm 150:6)

At St. Paul’s, music is instrumental to our worship.

Every Sunday, the choral mass is accompanied by our pipe organ—the first of its kind in Doylestown. Installed in 1997 by the renowned Austin Organs to mark the 150th anniversary of the church, it was fashioned after the English-style organs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is located in the upstairs gallery of the church, and contains 34 ranks, 52 stops, and over 1,200 pipes. Additionally, there is a smaller portativ organ located next to the pulpit, which can be played both independently of the Austin organ or in concert with it.

Image by Sarah Escher

It is said that the organ is the “queen of instruments”—and the marvelous organ music at St. Paul’s truly does justice to the divine worship that we offer.

Our music is enhanced through the adult choir, which complements our worship weekly from September to June. Through anthems and hymns, psalmody and service music, the choir leads us into a deeper dimension of the liturgy. Beyond Sunday mornings, the choir accompanies our worship on principal feasts (Christmas Eve and Easter), days of special devotion (Ash Wednesday and Holy Week), and in periodic services of Choral Evensong held throughout the year.

We welcome anyone who wishes to offer their choral talents to join the St. Paul’s choir. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings at 7:15 p.m. during the academic year. To learn more about the choir and the music program at St. Paul’s, contact the Director of Music, Mr. Edward McCall.

O friends, in gladness let us sing, supernal anthems echoing, Alleluia, alleluia! To God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, Three in One, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Hymn 618 (“Ye watchers and ye holy ones”)