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Music Ministry

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Ensembles

Adult Choir

Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Directed by Matthew Wood.  

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 one Sunday of each month.

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, the St. Paul’s Music Ministry has hosted over 45 concerts. Please check our calendar for future musical offerings.

Our Organist-Choirmaster

Matthew Wood

Matt is a classical pianist, currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at LSU. He previously received the Master of Music degree from the University of New Orleans, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of West Florida. He has performed in more than 80 venues in 17 states. Recent performances include a solo recital at the 2014 World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, Mozart piano concerto #23 with the New Orleans Civic Symphony in 2017, and the Schumann piano concerto with the New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra in 2014. Matthew is a full-time faculty member at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), where he directs the choirs, conducts the opera programs, accompanies voice classes, and teaches music theory, musicianship, music history, and class piano. Matthew's piano teachers have included Willis Delony, Robin Holtz-Williams, Hedi Salanki-Rubardt, Daisy de Lucca-Jaffe, Pitagoras Goncalves, Daniel Nagy, and Chad Twedt.