Sing Silent Night with Us!
Even if you’ve never participated in choral music before at St. Paul’s, we’re excited to involve you (and as many people as possible) in our video of “Silent Night!” Jackson Thomas, St. Paul’s Director of Choral Music, will provide specific instructions, practice tracks, and a support system at every turn. Find out how it works and get ready to submit your video by December 14. Jackson will compile everyone’s videos together to create something really special for our Christmas Eve service. Read all about Jackson’s plans and how you can be part of this very special Silent Night.
Music Ministry – Virtually
We continue to serve God by serving others with music during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’re invited to add your voice! Contact our Director of Choral Music, Jackson Thomas, and get started! We’d love for you to join us.
Music Ministry at St. Paul’s
Although we’ve had to adapt to a new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic, music remains an integral part of the way we worship at St. Paul’s. We offer a wide variety of styles including vocal choirs, bell choir, orchestra, praise band, small ensembles, special concerts and guest musicians.
We invite you to get involved in music at St. Paul’s. You’ll find descriptions of the opportunities and contact info below.
Note about schedules
Please note, the schedules listed below have changed due to Covid-19 social distancing guidelines. Contact Jackson Thomas for more info; he’ll be happy to hear from you and help you get involved!
Choirs and Ensembles
St. Paul’s Chancel Choir presents music weekly at the 11:00 service, and occasionally at other services. The choir also presents two larger works with orchestra each year, one during the season of Advent and one in the spring. Recent offerings have included Ralph Vaughan William’s “Fantasia on Christmas Carols,” John Rutter’s “Requiem,” Gerald Finzi’s “In Terra Pax,” Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living,” Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” and “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” by Carol Barnett.
Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesdays, 7:15-8:45p.m. in the sanctuary. Childcare is provided. If you’re interested in singing with the Chancel Choir for offerings large or small, we are happy to work with your schedule!
Bellissimo! Bell Choir
Our Bell Choir meets every Wednesday from 6:00-7:15pm in the sanctuary. This group of passionate ringers presents monthly offerings at the 8:15 and 11:00 services with a wide variety of repertoire and genres. Not available every month? No problem! We work ahead to accommodate when people are available.
The SPUMC Orchestra aids in worship on a monthly basis, playing hymns and special music at the 11:00 service. Occasionally, the group will collaborate with other groups as needed to heighten the worship experience. We welcome any instrumentalists who play strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion to join us! Rehearsals are at 9:30am in the music room on the mornings slated to play.
With keyboard, drums, guitars and an array of other instruments, St. Paul’s praise band helps lead a service with an upbeat, contemporary feel. The band rehearses Saturdays at 9:00am in the sanctuary.
Musicians on Staff
Our music programs are in the talented, creative hands of some of Kansas City’s premiere musical professionals. These individuals are part of our overall worship team, planning and organizing the integration of music with our message.
Jackson Thomas, Director of Choral Music
Conductor, tenor, and teacher, Jackson directs the Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, and Orchestra. In addition to his work at St. Paul’s, Jackson is the founding Artistic Director of the KC VITAs Chamber Choir, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional choir dedicated to the continued creation and performance of “Contemporary-Classical” music. He currently serves as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO where he teaches voice, ear training, opera workshop, and women’s choir. As a performer of operatic, musical theatre, and choral repertoire, Jackson can be heard around the city in a variety of solo and ensemble performances.
Sydney Simpson, Contemporary Music Director
Sydney graduated from KU with a degree in Music Education and in addition to her position at St. Paul’s, Sydney also teaches middle school choir in Kansas City, Kansas. She loves worship music and has been leading worship since she was a freshman in high school. Sydney is overjoyed to be part of a church that values people of color, the LGBTQ community, and the many other marginalized groups of people that God loves unconditionally.
Charles Dickinson, Accompanist
Charles is active around Kansas City as a pianist in a variety of settings, including working with Jackson Thomas’ choir, KC VITAs. Charles holds a B.A. in Piano Performance from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO; an M.M. In Piano Performance from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque; and an Artist’s Certificate in Piano Performance from UMKC. His teachers include William Lipke, Falko Steinbach, Pamela Pyle, and Karen Kushner. Charles also manages The Simpson House, an event space near the Country Club Plaza.
Marti Johnson Music Fund & Annual Concert
St. Paul’s Marti Johnson Music Fund was established in 2012 to enhance our music ministry through purchasing new instruments, bringing in guest musicians, and other special needs that may arise. In addition, each year as funds are available, St. Paul’s provides a grant to a student seeking a college degree related to music. Donations to the fund are always welcome, but the primary avenue for funding is through our annual benefit concert. Past concerts have featured various styles of music including jazz, Americana, bluegrass, and contemporary. St. Paul’s own musical artists have performed as well as special guests like Ben Gulley, Mitch McVicker, the Everette DeVan Trio, and Boogaloo7.