Music is a vital part of the worship and parish life at St. Paul's. Music lifts our spirits, multiplies our joy, and gives voice to our praise. The Chancel Choir leads the music worship at the 10:30 service each Sunday - with special offerings during Advent, especially on Christmas eve; Holy Week and Easter; during the visits of the Bishop; and special occasions such as ordinations. The choir consists of all volunteers. There are no auditions. The choir rehearses each Wednesday at 6:00 and each Sunday morning, usually at 9:45.
Marcia Hood, D.M.A., became St. Paul’s music director in August 2011. Her primary responsibility is the Chancel Choir. Marcia is chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Albany State University and the artistic director of the Albany Chorale. A long-time Lutheran, Marcia was received into the Episcopal Church in 2010. She earned in 2004 her doctorate of musical arts in choral conducting; in 1983, a master’s in music education; and in 1974, a bachelor’s of music in piano performance. All three degrees are from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Marcia has been in Albany since 2004 when she joined the faculty of ASU.
Presently, our organist since May 2003 is Ken Williams, a gifted musician who also served ably in 2010-2011 as interim music director. A native of Albany, Ken earned a bachelor's in music at Florida State University in 1960, with a major in church music and organ, which is his principal instrument. He also has a master's in education from Georgia Southwestern University in 1977, with an emphasis on secondary math education. He has taught music appreciation and math in Lee County, math in Randolph County, and worked for 22 years as educational consultant with Southwest Georgia Regional Services Agency. He also has served at First United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church, both in Albany, and then served for 33 years as organist at Porterfield United Methodist Church, Albany, before coming to St. Paul's.