Music Ministry

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Ensembles

Adult Choir

Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. Directed by Liliia Oliinyk.  

The St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Adult choir is a semi-professional choir made up of volunteers and four paid choristers. This choir sings for the 10:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist on Sundays, and special services at St. Paul’s. Annually, the choir presents an extraordinary Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols in the King's College, Cambridge style on the Fourth Sunday of Advent. It is one of the seasonal music highlights in New Orleans. The St. Paul’s choir has participated in annual holiday concerts with Rachel van Vorhees & Friends at St. Louis Cathedral, has collaborated with First Baptist Church New Orleans and orchestra to perform John Rutter’s Requiem, and has participated in the annual The Gathering, which features many local choirs coming together to perform sacred choral repertoire. St. Paul’s choir has the high honor of collaborating with the excellent choir of Christ Church Cathedral, under the direction of Jarrette Follette, for special services, ordinations, and more. 

Children’s Choir

Wednesdays 5:00-4:45 p.m. Directed by Andy Williams

The St. Paul's Children Choir is comprised of children in Pre-K through fourth grade. The ensemble is directed by Andy Williams (BM Music Education from Loyola), adult choir members. Andy has extensive experience working with young children's choirs. The children meet to rehearse every Wednesday from 5-5:45pm, when we spend most of our time learning challenging choral repertoire while also having fun and working on our proper singing technique. They sing on the second Sunday of each month, usually the same day as our Children's Chapel service.

St. Paul’s Concert Series   

The beautiful sanctuary and stained glass at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church are matched by a very nice acoustic, making for an excellent venue for concerts. Since the spring of 2008, Caroline Carson and the St. Paul’s Music Ministry have hosted over 45 concerts. Please check our calendar for future musical offerings.

Our Organist-Choirmaster

Liliia Oliinyk, Pianist & Organist-Choirmaster

A native of Ukraine, Liliia started studying piano at age 6. She attended Kherson Music School for the next 8 years and graduated summa cum laude from KMS in 2003. Upon completing music school studies, Liliia entered Kherson Music College where she studied for the next four years. She graduated summa cum laude from KMC in 2007 with the young specialist degree in piano performance. During her studies in Ukraine, Liliia was an active participant and winner in numerous regional and national festivals and competitions.

Liliia came to United States in 2008 to pursue her Bachelor of Music degree at Southeastern Louisiana University in Dr. Kenneth Boulton’s studio. While at SLU, she was active as both soloist and accompanist. Liliia was First Prize winner of the 2011 MTNA State Piano Competition (Baton Rouge, LA), and was also awarded Second/Alternate Place in 2012 MTNA Regional Piano competition held in Austin, TX. She graduated cum laude from SLU in December of 2012.

During her Bachelor studies, Liliia took two years of lessons in organ performance under the supervision of Mrs.Cheryl Brothers. Upon the completion of the course, Liliia served as organist in three local churches, providing service music and solo performances for numerous occasions.

In the Fall of 2013, Liliia started her graduate studies under the direction of Dr. Robin Williams at the University of New Orleans. Since completing her Masters of Music degree, she has begun studying for her doctorate at LSU. She continues to enjoy performing as both soloist and accompanist in various concerts and festivals.