Published On: Thu, Aug 15th, 2019

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Delray Beach Offers Musical Opportunities for All Ages

Boca Raton, FL – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, is pleased to invite the community to participate in its Chorister and Instrumental Programs. Participation is open to the public regardless of faith tradition. For more information on the musical opportunities at St. Paul’s, contact Dr. Paul Cienniwa, Director of Music Ministries: drpaul@stpaulsdelray.org, 561-278-6003; or visit www.stpaulsdelray.org.

The Chorister Program includes the Cherub Choir, Jubilate Youth Choir, and Chancel Choir and is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music. The Cherub Choir, a pre-reading choir for children ages 4 through 6, meets on Wednesday afternoons at different times throughout the year in groups of four weekly rehearsals. At the end of a rehearsal cycle, the Cherub Choir sings for the 5pm Saturday Illuminated Worship service.

The Jubilate Youth Choir, ages 6 and up, sings monthly during the academic year for the 10am Sunday service and at special events, such as Choral Evensong and Lessons & Carols. The choir follows the Royal School of Church Music “Voice for Life” curriculum, a graded program that teaches healthy singing habits, musical skills and understanding, and repertoire, while also teaching ensemble behavior (commitment, punctuality, responsibility). Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 4:30-6pm, followed by family dinner from 6-6:30.

The Chancel Choir, teen through adult, sings weekly at the 10:00am Sunday liturgy and for Choral Evensong and Lessons & Carols services. Music reading skills are helpful, but not required, and can be gained and improved through regular attendance. The choir is supported by the Schola Cantorum, an octet of professional singers. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7-9pm and on Sunday mornings at 9am.

St. Paul’s also offers opportunities for teen and adult instrumentalists. On Saturdays throughout the year, The Illumineers meet at 4pm to prepare music for the 5pm service. A teen ensemble made up of guitars, percussion, and piano, this jazz- and rock-based ensemble reads chord charts and improvises, all while supporting the casual atmosphere of the 5pm “Illuminated Worship” service.

On the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30am, The Palm Beach Recorder and Early Music Society, a chapter of the American Recorder Society, meets for directed playing sessions. The group is open to all players of period instruments and vocalists as well.

In additional to these ensembles, St. Paul’s offers musical instruction for children and adults through group and private lessons. Gracie’s Little Groovers is a parent/child music and movement class led by Gracie Schreffler, a certified teacher of “The Learning Groove” music curriculum. These classes take place on Thursday mornings. For those interested in private piano and voice lessons, instructor Myngoe Brashears will be offering lessons on Mondays.

For more information on any of these musical opportunities, contact Dr. Paul Cienniwa, Director of Music Ministries: drpaul@stpaulsdelray.org, 561-278-6003; or visit www.stpaulsdelray.org.

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