Choirs

The Choir of St. Paul’s

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. This choir sings during the choral Eucharist on Sunday mornings, for special services such as Evensong and concerts.

Invitation to Join The Choir of St. Paul’s. If you have any interest in joining the choir, please contact Ronnie Wise at music@spechurch.com.  You need to match pitch and regularly attend Wednesday rehearsals and Sunday services in order to sing with the choir. All are welcome to participate!

Choir School and Chorister Program

From its founding in 1858, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has had a strong impact with the children in our community, more specifically, children who sing.

St. Paul’s Chorister Program is open to boys and girls who love to sing and who enjoy the rewards of hard work that a musical education can provide. Since the choir school choristers sing with the Choir of St. Paul’s, we are one of the few chorister programs in the Southeast that allow treble choristers to sing with a semi-professional choir.

Although we are open to the community, we are solely a resident choir of St. Paul’s. A stipend, based on experience, leadership, attendance and singing ability is offered to each chorister. Choristers are expected to learn and know the various parts of Anglican liturgy and complete theory and sight-singing levels prescribed by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) to be considered for advancement through the program.

Boys and girls are provided free professional voice and piano lessons. You don’t need to be a member of St. Paul’s to participate in this program.

Who is eligible?
Girls: Age 9–eighth grade
Boys: Age 9–eighth grade. Boys must also participate in the Wilmington Boys Choir

Choristers may join at any time during the year. Some 8-year-old choristers are accepted as probationers, based on maturity. All boys and girls join as probationers until the RSCM White level is achieved.

When are rehearsals?
Wednesdays from 6:20–7:30 p.m., at St. Paul’s. Additional rehearsals are scheduled as needed.

How frequently do the boys and girls sing at St. Paul’s?
Choristers are not required to sing each Sunday, but asked to attend weekly rehearsals and sing at least one Sunday each month and on feast days such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.

Advantages

  1. Stipend.
  2. Piano lessons.
  3. Performance and travel opportunities.
  4. Professional voice lessons.
  5. Music theory.

How do I involve my daughter or son?
Please contact Ronnie Wise at music@spechurch.com.

Wilmington Boys Choir

The Wilmington Boys Choir at St. Paul’s provides young Wilmingtonians “A Voice for Life.”  Through the leadership of Director Ronnie Wise and Assistant Director Richard Rhoads, this organization strives for musical excellence as well as instilling the 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 also serves equally as a civic boys choir to the Cape Fear Region and is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.

The choir is open to boys age 7 through 17. Please consider giving your son “A Voice for Life!”

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Contact Director Ronnie Wise at wilmingtonboyschoir@gmail.com