Music at St. Paul's
Fine music has always been one of the hallmarks of St. Paul’s, essential to our beautiful Anglican worship and a point of pride for our parish. St. Paul’s Church is blessed by the outpouring of talent and time by many parishioners and members of the community of all ages in the Ministry of Music. Their participation reminds us that among the greatest gifts we have to share are those talents God has given to each of us. We are all richer when we offer our talents to God in worship.
Director of Music – Mark Hyczko
Mark has served as Music Director and Conductor of the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra since 2012. He began the successful NBCO@Zimmerli salon lecture series in 2015 as a means of promoting the orchestra’s innovative programming of contemporary classical works focusing on the works of living composers. Previously, Mr. Hyczko has worked with Pineda Lyric Opera Company, The Little Opera Company of New Jersey, Mercury Opera, and New Jersey State Opera. In addition to performing, Mr. Hyczko currently teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He previously held the positions of Director of Music and Organist at St. Peter’s Church in Freehold, New Jersey where he was also the Artistic Director of the Downtown Concert Series, a classical music series that is regularly broadcast throughout the tri-state area on WWFM – The Classical Network. Additionally, he is the Choir Director and Organist at Temple B’nai Or in Morristown, New Jersey. Mr. Hyczko received his Master’s Degree in Piano from The Mannes College of Music, where he studied under Pavlina Dokovska. He also holds degrees in both Music and Chemistry from Rutgers University.
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The St. Paul’s Choir
The St. Paul’s Choir, made up of dedicated volunteer voices and a professional octet of section leaders, provides musical leadership at the 10:00 a.m. service. While the ability to read music is not required, it is an asset. Most members do read music and the pace of rehearsals is geared to singers with that skill. The St. Paul’s Choir begins in September and continues through early June. The St. Paul’s Choir is joined by members of The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for the Annual Spring Concert on the first Sunday of May. The St. Paul’s Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:30 until 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 9:10 a.m. High School aged singers and older are invited to sing.
The Junior Choir
Membership in the Junior Choir is open to singers in grades three through middle school. Choristers may attend rehearsals on Tuesdays from 4:00 until 4:30 or on Wednesdays from 5:10 until 5:30. A snack, study hall and free time are available to the Junior Choir members before and after rehearsal. The Junior Choir sings at the 10:00 a.m. service six times yearly, which includes the Easter & Christmas services.
The Primary Choir
Membership in the Primary Choir is open to singers in grades JrK through second grade. Choristers may attend rehearsals on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 4:00 or on Wednesdays from 4:50 until 5:10. A snack, study hall and free time are available to the Primary Choir members before and after rehearsals. The Primary Choir sings at the 10:00 a.m. service six times yearly, which includes the Easter & Christmas services. Members of this choir receive musical training in preparation for becoming active in the Junior Choir of
The Summer Choir
Membership in the Summer Choir is open to all members of the parish. The Summer Choir provides musical leadership at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service from June until September. The choir meets each Sunday at 9:20 a.m. to rehearse a simple anthem. Attendance is “come when you can.”
Sometime Singers are members of the parish and community who would like to sing in The St. Paul’s Choir for a choir concert, evensong, or on specific occasions such as Christmas and Easter.
The Special Music Fund
Several of our special musical presentations are made possible by the Lois M. Hey Music Fund and the Special Music Fund. The Hey Fund was established to provide instrumentalists for special services and concerts. Likewise, the Special Music Fund is a musical endowment supported by your gifts.
Friends of Music
Friends of Music at St. Paul’s was established in April, 1993, to enhance the musical experience at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – above and beyond the parish program. Their financial and volunteer support allows us to maintain and to expand our musical offerings to the parish and community. The support of over 160 members of the parish and community allows us to continue the Spring Concert series and to provide funding for the instrumentalists at our Advent Lessons and Carols Service, our Christmas and Easter services and, in addition, to other musical events and recitals throughout the year.