Music is an amazing gift from God and at St. Paul’s, we work to give a portion of that gift back to God. Worship, concerts and a strong choral tradition are ways in which we strive to “know God and to make Him known.” The music department at St. Paul’s is a warm and inviting group of dedicated musicians. We not only lead the congregation in worship, but we seek to reach those outside our walls through our inspiring choral anthems and voluntaries on Sunday mornings, choral evensong and our Music at St. Paul’s Concert Series.
CHOIR St. Paul’s has a long history of an outstanding choral tradition. This tradition depends on dedicated singers who are willing to give of their time and talent. Whether you are a professional or novice musician, there is a place for you in the choir at St. Paul’s. Choristers experience the joy of fellowship and the knowledge that the talent they offer is meaningful to God and His Church. All are welcome to participate!
MUSIC AT ST. PAUL’S CONCERT SERIES The Music at St. Paul’s Concert Series features local and world-renown musicians in many style. Check back soon for a list of upcoming concerts and musical events. We hope to see you on Sunday morning or at one or all of our musical events! Click here to view all of our Platinum Anniversary events
The Missouri State University Chorus Concert
May 22 at 7:30 PM (free)
Choral Concert by the Wilmington Boys Choir
June 7 at 5:00 PM (free)
The Wilmington Boy's Choir at St. Paul's
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is pleased to announce the revival of The Wilmington Boys Choir under its new name, The Wilmington Boys Choir at St. Paul’s. The choir will be conducted by Ronnie Wise, St. Paul’s Director of Music. Founded in 1984 under the direction of David Hines, the Wilmington Boys Choir was successful for many years, helping the young men of Wilmington find their voice. The choir had four directors in its 20 year span and has had many opportunities, singing at Biltmore House, Duke University Chapel and even Westminster Abbey.
Almost 30 years later, we’re at it again with a brand new program to give a new generation of young Wilmingtonians “A Voice for Life.” The Wilmington Boys Choir at St. Paul’s will strive not only for musical excellence, but to instill those same time-honored principles of integrity, character, achievement and a strong work ethic. The choir is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in America, which uses a point system to advance each boy to the next level of musical achievement. The qualities previously mentioned are also considered for advancement to the next level, along with rehearsal and performance attendance. Even though the choir has an affiliation with St. Paul’s, it will also equally serve as a civic boys’ choir to the city of Wilmington. Listed below are some frequently asked questions that we hope are helpful in making a decision to join the Wilmington Boys Choir at St. Paul’s (WBC). We’d also like your input on rehearsal times and other ways that we can help your son be successful, not only in choir, but life in general. Please consider giving your son A Voice for Life!
Ronnie D. Wise joined the staff of St. Pau's in September, 2013. He was the Director of Worship and the Arts and Principal Organist at Boone United Methodist Church in Boone, NC. He oversaw a program of five singing choirs, four handbell choirs, a concert series and the weekly worship services. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, the American Choral Directors Association, The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and the Academie Andre Marchal. He studied with several distinguished organists including Brian Bailey, Florence Jowers and Marilyn Keiser. He has played organ concerts and recitals in the United States, France and the United Kingdom. He studied at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and the Juilliard School in New York City. He studied handbell ringing with Kathleen Ebling-Thorne and Robert Ivey and choral conducting with Judith Clurman.
Ralph Tilden was born in High Point, North Carolina in 1930. He is organist-choirmaster emeritus at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Fort Myers, Florida and Associate Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in organ performance under Parvin Titus from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and studied privately in France under the eminent organ virtuoso and pedagogue, André Marchal. He studied theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, St Luke’s Seminary, Sewanee, Tennessee, and at St. Augustine’s College in Canterbury, England. He has held positions of organist-choirmaster at Episcopal churches in Cincinnati and in Florida. He has taught organ, service-playing, music theory and chorus at the Cincinnati Conservatory and Edison Community College in Fort Myers, Florida.
Ralph is Honorary President of the Académie André Marchal headquartered in Biarritz, France, and member of the American Guild of Organists (having served as dean of the Boone chapter for seven years), the Organ Historical Society, the Association of Anglican Musicians and the honorary music fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda. He is listed in “International Who’s Who in Music,” “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in the World.” He has concertized in France and England and extensively in the United States.
Music Events Highlights
The Wilmington Boy's Choir at St. Paul's made is debut performance for the group that has been restarted under the direction of Ronnie Wise. It was a packed house as family, friends, community members, and SPE parishioners joined with the WBC on Sunday October 12 during the 10:30 service.
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Admission to most concerts is free; contributions are gratefully accepted.
St. Paul’s Choir CDs
There are still some Choir CDs available; the price is $12.00 a piece, or 5 for $50.
Main Pipe Organ
Our main pipe organ is a 1995 Goulding & Wood 38-rank, 30-stop instrument with the pipes located on either side of the altar. The console is in the right side of the chancel. The estate of Hazel Savage provided us with a new 9-rank G & W antiphonal gallery organ that was installed at the end of 1999. This organ has festival trumpets and other ranks that complement the main organ. It can be played on a keyboard in the gallery or from the console of the main organ. The large open space of our church provides superb acoustics for these magnificent instruments.
Dr. Cook has now retired as the Director of Music and will continue to be involved at St. Paul's in his new role as Director of Music Emeritus.
Larry D. Cook, who in February 2013 completed 15 years as Director of Music at St. Paul’s, has led St. Paul’s to become a major musical presence in Wilmington. His vibrant organ playing and experienced choral leadership impart a sense of reverence, drama, mysticism, and excitement to worship at St. Paul’s. Dr. Cook’s credentials include music study at Hastings College; the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, Germany; Syracuse University; and the University of Iowa, where he earned a Ph.D. He has served as organist/choirmaster in Episcopal churches in Iowa, Ohio, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. While serving in the U.S. Army, he was organist/choirmaster of the Post Chapel at West Point. As university professor, Larry has taught choral music, organ, and conducting at Baldwin-Wallace College, the University of Alberta, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Northwestern University, where he was also Director of Chapel Music.
In addition to his work at St. Paul’s, Larry is a founding member of the Tallis Chamber Orchestra, conductor of the Southeastern Oratorio Society, part-time instructor at UNCW, and an active member of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists, having recently served as its Dean. His musical compositions, editions, and arrangements are published by Concordia Publishing House, Augsburg-Fortress, and Church Publishing.
Live Oak Bank is a proud sponsor of the Wilmington Boys Choir