Music at St. Paul's

Music at St. Paul's

Music is an integral part of worship at St. Paul’s. On Sundays we sing traditional hymns from the Hymnal 1982 and from Lift Every Voice and Sing. All choirs sing a variety of styles, though always grounded in the Anglican choral tradition.

Adult Choir

The adult choir sings at the 11:00 service and for seasonal worship services such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Lessons and Carols, and Christmas Eve. During the school year, rehearsals are from 7:15 to 8:30 on Wednesdays in the choir room. From June through August, the choir rehearses at 10:00 am before the 11:00 service.

Sign up for Adult Choir

Choir members' sign-out calendar


Junior Choristers

Children in grades 2 through 5 sing once a month throughout the school year, alternating between the 8:30 and 11:00 services. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 5:00 until 5:45 in the choir room. Rachel Anderson is the conductor of this program which follows the Royal School of Church Music curriculum.

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Rachel Anderson, Director of Junior Choristers

Rachel Anderson received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal/General Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University. During that time, she worked as a staff singer and children’s choir director at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville. For three years Rachel served as the Director of Music for Atlantic Highlands United Methodist Church in New Jersey. In addition, she was on staff at The Piano Workshop at Chester where she was the Kindermusik Director and offered private voice and piano instruction. Back in Tennessee, she sings at St. George's, substitute teaches, and sings in the Nashville Chamber Singers.

Senior Choristers

Beginning in the Fall of 2015, students in grades 6 through 8 will sing every other month throughout the school year, alternating between the 8:30 and 11:00 services. Led by Angela Tipps, their rehearsals will align with youth programming on Sunday nights.

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The pipe organ at St. Paul's was built by the Letourneau Pipe Organ Company in 2012. A superbly flexible instrument, the specification boasts five 16-foot ranks and a wealth of foundation tone. The organ is housed within a solid oak case displaying tin pipes. It serves the parish well as it accompanies choral and congregational singing, and provides service music for all the liturgies at St. Paul's.

Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada
1,449 pipes, 21 stops, 26 ranks, 2 manuals
Solid State Adjustable Combinations with 256 Levels of Memory


Bourdon 16’
Gamba 8’
Voix Celeste 8’
Bourdon 8’
Principal 4’
Traverse Flute 4’
Octavin 2’
Larigot 1 1/3’
Bassoon-Oboe 16’
Trumpet 8’
Bassoon-Oboe 8’

Violonbass 16’
Diapason 8’
Spindle Flute 8’
Violoncello 8’
Principal 4’
Open Flute 4’
Fifteenth 2’
Mixture II-IV 1 1/3’
Cornet III 2 2/3’
Trompette 8’

Great/Pedal 8’ and 4’
Swell/Pedal 8’ and 4’
Swell/Great 16’, 8’, and 4’

Resultant 32’
Subbass 16’
Violonbass 16’
Bourdon 16’
Principal 8’
Violoncello 8’
Bass Flute 8’
Choral Bass 4’
Trombone 16’
Bassoon-Oboe 16’
Trompette 8’

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Organist and Director of Music

Angela TippsAngela Tipps
A native of Murfreesboro, Angela Tipps graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor of Music in organ performance, and she received a Master of Church Music from Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville. 

In addition to conducting the adult choir and senior choristers at St. Paul's, Angela conducts the MTSU Women's Chorale, teaches conducting and organ, and coordinates the music appreciation courses at MTSU School of Music.

She is also the founding director of the Nashville Chamber Singers, an auditioned ensemble specializing in unaccompanied choral music. The Chamber Singers have performed with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra at the Ryman Auditorium, which was recorded for National Public Radio's Performance Today. The group premiered a work by Dr. Rosephanye Powell, The Cry of Jeremiah, which was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for their 2012 national convention in Nashville. The Nashville Chamber Singers will commemorate their 20th season during the 2015-2016 year with a commissioned work by Kevin Memley.

Angela has served as state president of the Tennessee chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and has served as past dean of both the Nashville and Savannah, Georgia, chapters of the American Guild of Organists. She has conducted Virginia All-State Choir, Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, and served as conductor/clinician for national church music organizations such as Fellowship of United Methodists and Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

If you would like to be a part of our choir or if you have any questions about our music program email her at