Music at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea
The mission of the music ministry is to provide spiritually uplifting and liturgically supportive music for worship services of the church. We are also called to share our musical gifts in support of special events of the church, or outside the church altogether. Our Chancel and Bell Choirs work to provide a festive Christmas and Easter that includes multiple services enhanced with choral literature, bell literature, and the solo talents of some of our members. Our collaboration with the St. Andrew’s AME choir in the Martin Luther King, Jr. worship celebration is a joyful blessing that we look forward to each year. Below are some performances recently recorded at St. Paul’s-by-the-Sea.
Director of Music, Lynne Radcliffe
Lynne Radcliffe has been an active accompanist, performer, and music teacher since moving to the Jacksonville area in 1983. Lynne holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Memphis State University, and returned to Memphis in 2009 for a year of graduate study in musicology at the University of Memphis. Her primary occupations have been teaching and church music, having taught at Episcopal High School for 17 yrs. and served as Organist-Choirmaster at SPBTS from 1997-2004, as well interim and substitute church jobs, private piano teaching, and part-time school teaching. Lynne currently teaches music theory and piano at the First Coast Community Music School. In addition to her wonderful job as Music Director at SPBTS, she enjoys serving on the Beaches Fine Arts Series Board, writing some program notes for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and hosting “WJCT presents the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.”
The Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir is a joyful and committed group comprised of choristers of varying ages and choral backgrounds. Music reading ability is helpful but not necessary. The Choir enjoys weekly fellowship and a rich musical experience. The Chancel Choir leads the parish in music and worship every Sunday, providing appropriate choral literature offerings, supported by congregational singing. They learn an eclectic array of reputable choral music, which is presented not only at Sunday services, but at concerts and special services. Anyone high school age and older is welcome to join the choir. They rehearse with Lynne on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and on Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:45 a.m. in preparation for worship. We’d love to have you! Please contact Lynne Radcliffe with inquiries.
The Bell Choir
The Bell Choir is an intermediate level adult group comprised of 10-12 ringers. Some music reading ability is necessary. They rehearse in the sanctuary every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and play monthly for worship services as well as for all special services and concerts. For information about joining or subbing for the bell choir, please contact Lynne Radcliffe.
Our Children’s Choir is organized under the principles and structure of the Royal School of Church Choir in America. We follow the RSCM sequenced curriculum.
The Children’s Choir is open to children in grades 2-6. We rehearse on Wednesdays with social/snack time in Christopher Lobby beginning at 3:30, and rehearse from 4:00-5:15. The Children participate regularly in Sunday services, as well as some special services. There are at least two bonding events during the year, as well as a “fun” evening production before summer break.