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"Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!" Psalm 98:4

September 22 Hymn Festival

Music at St. Paul's cordially invites you to the debut of our 28th musical concert season, beginning with a Hymn Festival on Sunday, September 22. Reception with light receptions following. All are welcome. Listen to a sampling of joyous music from past seasons here


Enjoy hymns sung by adult and youth choirs along with the assembled congregation, accompanied by strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion and pipe organ.


Our guest organist will be Mr. Jacob Weber, associate editor of worship and music at Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis.  Event is complimentary with a freewill offering.


Hymn Festival Parking & Free Shuttle: see map below. 

free shuttle parking for Hymn Festival

Hymn Festival Parking

  • St Paul's has handicapped and visitor parking near the church doors, and a large parking lot to the north.
  • Across the street is the Edward Jones parking garage, from which we will run complimentary garage-to-door shuttles during the Hymn Festival, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Our church is next to Des Peres Park, where additional parking is available.
  • Stars on the map show parking areas.

2019-2020 music at st. Paul's

Music at St. Paul's is a vital, self-sustaining component of our congregation's music ministry. Currently in its 28th season, this annual series of special services and musical events brings to St. Paul's guest ensembles and artists who, through words and music, proclaim the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. This music series benefits the members of St. Paul's and serves as an outreach to the greater St. Louis community and beyond. In addition, Music at St. Paul's sponsors the music for some of the festival services in our congregation's regular worship life and provides enrichment for the overall music ministry of our parish.


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Offerings during this season include:

  • SEPTEMBER: HYMN FESTIVAL
    Mr. Jacob Weber, guest organist
    Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  
  • OCTOBER: WINDSBACHER KNABENCHOR (BOYS' CHOIR)
    Windsbach, Germany Martin Lehmann, conductor
    Monday, October 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. 
  • NOVEMBER: AMERICAN KANTOREI
    Dr. Maurice Boyer, director
    Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
  • DECEMBER: ANNUAL SERVICE OF SACRED MUSIC FOR THE TIME OF CHRISTMAS
    Choirs & orchestra
    Saturday, December 7, 5:00 p.m.Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. 
  • FEBRUARY: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES
    Multi-media presentation
    Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist; David Jordan, media artist
    Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
  • MAY: THE FESTIVAL OF THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD
    St. Paul’s Adult Choir and Orchestra
    Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Divine Service

music opportunities 2019-2020

Music serves a vital role in the worship life of St. Paul's. A number of opportunities are provided for people to use their talents in proclaiming the Gospel through music. Prayerfully consider serving this season in one or more of the following music ensembles


For more information, contact St. Paul's Minister of Music, Mark Bender, or Assistant Minister of Music, Matt Gerhardt, or those listed as directors below: Worship Team Director, Whitney Wade, and Handbells Director, Carol Petering.


Adult Choir   Director: Mark Bender

  • Men and women, high school to adult
  • Traditional, liturgical music, from simple unison to more complex literature
  • Rehearsals: Music Room, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., late August through May
  • First Rehearsal: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

 

Men’s Choir  Director: Matt Gerhardt

  • Men, high school to adult
  • Sings several times each year
  • Rehearsals: two or three weeks before singing; contact the director for dates and times


Women’s Choir  Director: Matt Gerhardt

  • Women, high school to adult
  • Sings several times each year
  • Rehearsals: two or three weeks before singing; contact the director for dates and times

 

Adult Handbell Choir  Director: Carol Petering

  • Men and women, high school to adult
  • Some prior music reading ability required
  • Rehearsals: Church balcony, Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., late August through May

 

Women’s Handbell Choir   Director: Carol Petering

  • Adult women
  • Some prior music reading ability required
  • Rehearsals: Church balcony, Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m., late August through May

 

Instrumentalists   Director: Mark Bender

  • Experienced instrumentalists, high school to adult
  • Brass, percussion, strings, woodwind
  • Rehearsals: Scheduled as needed

 

Worship Team   Director: Whitney Wade

  • Participate in our Living Stone service on Sunday mornings at 10:45am
  • Experienced instrumentalists & singers, high school to adult
  • Guitars, drums, bass, horns, strings, keyboards, woodwinds, and voices