“Wherefore with my utmost art, I will sing thee, and the cream of all my heart I will bring thee.”
George Herbert

Since 1880, well-prepared, prayerfully offered music has been at the heart of worship at Saint Paul’s Church. Currently, a choir of more than thirty volunteers and four Lay Clerks supports and enriches the music of the ten o’clock Sunday Eucharist, as well as Evensong and Feast Day liturgies throughout the year. Our singers, representing a wide range of ability and experience, are knit together around three common values:

  • That our primary purpose is to support and enrich the prayers of the faithful.
  • That beauty is measured not in perfection, but in prayerful, best efforts.
  • That our work is not a performance, but an oblation.

Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself in your journey of faith, you are welcome to laugh, pray, and sing with us at Saint Paul’s Church.

We rehearse on Wednesdays (September to May) from 7-8:45 pm, and the Sunday morning commitment is 9 am to 11:30 am.

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Musical Highlights from our 2016 Festival of Lessons and Carols.
This liturgy was offered by the parish choir of Saint Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles – Episcopal (Minneapolis, MN) on 18 December at Saint Rose Convent (LaCrosse, WI.) These live-recorded MP3’s are enriched with the sounds of a worshipping congregation and a toasty warm HVAC system; reduce background noise and hear the choir at their best by listening with headphones.

Saint Paul’s choir has had the privilege of premiering a number of new works in recent years. We are proud of our relationships with composers, resident and abroad, and were are especially grateful to have made these significant contributions to the repertoire of the Church
2016 – Creator God

text: John Mason Neale, adapted

composer: Craig Carnahan www.craigcarnahan.com

Hymntune JACOBS WAY: This is the hour of banquet and of song

texts: Horatius Bonar, Henri Frederic Amiel

composer: Craig Carnahan

Nunc Dimittis (Lake of the Isles Service)

composer: Zachary Wadsworth (www.zacharywadsworth.com)

Hymntune KENWOOD: We seek no judgement of our love

text: John A. White

composer: Craig Carnahan (www.craigcarnahan.com)


Magnificat (Lake of the Isles Service), commissioned in collaboration with American Composers Forum (www.composersforum.org)

composer: Zachary Wadsworth (www.zacharywadsworth.com)

Saint Paul’s Mass

texts: Kyrie, Trisagion, Canticle (The Third Song of Isaiah), Psalm tones, Sanctus, Fraction Anthem

composer: Craig Carnahan (www.craigcarnahan.com)

A timbered choir

text: Wendell Berry

composer: David Evan Thomas (www.davidevanthomas.com)

Music at Saint Paul’s is rich in tradition presenting a mix of styles and compositions through the ages.

Click the tabs to view the repertoire for each season.

Draw us in the Spirit’s tether (Harold Friedell)

There is a balm in Gilead (arr: Monte Mason)

Love bade me welcome (David Hurd)

Jubilate Deo (Benjamin Britten)

My song shall be alway (Gerald Near)

Fairest Lord Jesus (F. Melius Christiansen)

Lauda anima mea Dominum (Orlande de Lassus)

Song for Athene (John Tavener)

Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Faure)

Let the people praise thee, O God (William Mathias)

Savior of the nations, come (Gerald Near)

Behind the clouds (Abbie Betinis)

Brightest and best (Hal Rhea)

Creator God (Craig Carnahan)

O Nata Lux (Morten Lauridsen)

Seek him that maketh the seven stars (Jonathan Dove)

In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)

The holly and the ivy (Henry Walford Davies)

On Christmas Day (Monte Mason)

​A new year carol (Benjamin Britten)

Agnus Dei (Thomas Morley)

O, for a closer walk with God (C.V. Stanford)

These are they which followed the Lamb (John Goss)

Sing, my soul, his wondrous love (Ned Rorem)

Come, O thou traveler unknown (Monte Mason)

Ubi caritas (Maurice Duruflé)

Abide with me (Greg Schaffner)

The Crown of Roses (P.I. Tchaikovsky)

As Moses lifted up the serpent (Edward Bairstow)

He leadeth me (Benjamin Wegner)

Come let’s rejoice (John Amner)

Out of the deep (John Rutter)

Solus ad victimam (Kenneth Leighton)

We adore you O Christ (Richard Proulx)

Sing joyfully (William Byrd)

Christ hath a garden (Gerald Near)

The Lord is my Shepherd (Howard Goodall)

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life (Harold Friedell)

If ye love me (Philip Stopford)

Rise up, my love, my fair one (Healey Willan)

Stetit Iesus (Jacobus Handl Gallus)

My master from a garden rose (Eleanore Daley)

Homeward bound (Mack Wilberg)

Draw us in the Spirit’s tether (Harold Friedell)

O for a closer walk with God (C.V. Stanford)

When rooks fly homeward (Arthur Baynon)

A Gaelic Blessing (John Rutter)

This is the hour of banquet and of song (Carnahan)

The ground (Ola Gjeilo)

Stayed on Jesus (Jan Marvyn Youngblood)

And I saw a new heaven (Edgar Bainton)

Cantate Domino (Claudio Monteverdi)

Sicut cervus (Giovanni da Palestrina)

Swell the full chorus (G.F. Handel)

The pulley (Arthur Maud)

From tender stem (Carl J. Nygaard, Jr.)

Epiphany alleluias (John Weaver)

Alleluia, freuet euch ihr Christen alle (Andreas Hammerschmidt)

What sweeter music (John Rutter)

Rejoice in the Lord alway (Henry Purcell)

Messe de Minuit pour Noel (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)

New Year carol (Benjamin Britten)

As the bridegroom to his chosen (John Rutter)

‘Tis winter now (Monte Mason)

Ubi caritas (Maurice Durufle)

We wait for thy loving-kindness (William McKie)

Te lucis ante terminum (Henry Balfour Gardiner)

Suffrages (J Michael Compton)

Nunc dimittis (Zachary Wadsworth)

When Mary to the temple went (Johannes Eccard)

Eternal light (Leo Sowerby)

My beloved spake (Patrick Hadley)

Hide not thou thy face (Richard Farrant)

Jesus so lowly (Harold Friedell)

Jesus loves me (Monte Mason)

Like as the hart (Herbert Howells)

There is a green hill (Herbert Sumsion)

Drop, drop slow tears (William Walton)

Scio enim (Monte Mason)

Rise up, my love, my fair one (Healey Willan)

​The King of love (Craig Carnahan)

If ye love me (Philip Wilby)

Sanctus (Gabriel Faure)

Ave Maria (Jacob Arcadelt)

Veni Creator Spiritus (Arthur Maud)

Cum Sancto Spiritu (Gioachino Rossini)​

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photo taken at St Rose in La Crosse, WI during Lessons and Carols

Jacob Manier, Choirmaster-Organist

Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself in your journey of faith, you are welcome to laugh, pray,
and sing with us at
Saint Paul's Church on Lake of the Isles.

(learn about our Dobson organ)

About Our Organ

The Dobson organ was delivered to St. Paul’s in mid-April 1998 and tonal finishing was complete by mid-July of that year. Appropriately the organ consultant, Mr. Engen agreed to present the Demonstration Recital, displaying the vast resources of the new instrument on October 4, 1998.
An Inaugural Recital was brilliantly performed by Christopher Herrick on October 20; this recitalist proclaiming the
Saint Paul’s installation “a world-class instrument”.

Read the full article from the April 1999 issue of The American Organist