Music

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, Taizé prayer services and our Music at St. Paul’s Concert Series.

Under the direction of Ronnie Wise and accompanied by Richard Rhoads on organ, the St. Paul’s choir sang at a week-long residency in August 2017 at Chichester Cathedral in Chichester, England. Barry Rose served as guest conductor. The choir will sing at a second residency at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England, July 2020.

Taizé

is an ecumenical sung and silent participatory prayer service designed to achieve a contemplative state through music, song, and silence. With St. Paul’s Taizé quartet and organ. Services September–May.

Evensong

is a sung service of evening prayer, psalms, canticles, and scripture readings. An ancient part of the Anglican tradition, ever renewing the soul. Services September–May.

Ronnie D. Wise, organist and director of music, joined the staff of St. Paul’s in September 2013. He conducts five choirs, including the Wilmington Boys Choir, which he re-organized in 2014.  He is the founder of St. Paul’s Choir School, an afternoon choral program for treble choristers.  He studied organ with Brian Bailey, Florence Jowers and Marilyn Keiser.  Ronnie is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Conductors Guild, the Liturgy and Music Commission for the Diocese of East Carolina, and a board member of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. He has played organ recitals in France and the U.K.  He studied at Appalachian State University, Westminster Choir College and the Juilliard School.

Richard Rhoads is assistant director of music at St. Paul’s, and assistant director of the Wilmington Boys Choir.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in music and a performer’s certificate from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in music from Rice University. He previously held the position of director of music and organist at St. Andrew’s-on-the-Sound, Wilmington, for 18 years, where he directed three choirs and taught pre-school music. He is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians.

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 & Wantiphonal gallery organ that was installed in 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.

Click here for the pipe organ specifications.