St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
St. Paul's is a community of faith. We serve Jesus Christ through worship, prayer, study, and service in the tradition of the Episcopal Church in the Anglican Communion. We warmly welcome all persons to join with us in Christian worship and fellowship.
St. Paul’s Day School provides an outstanding educational experience for preschool and kindergarten children. It was in 1957 by the women of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church as a service to the Westfield community. The school provides a nurturing and caring environment for the education of the children in our community.
For more information about the Day School, visit http://stpaulsday.org
VOICES OF ST. PAUL’S, a concert of Operatic Arias, Ensembles and Art Songs, will be presented by The Friends of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield on Sunday, February 8 at 4pm. The program includes works by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini and Sibelius, among others.
Eight professional, award-winning singers who are also members of the adult choir at St. Paul’s will grace the concert stage for the performance. These include sopranos Julia Fernandez, Carey Hackett, Samantha Dango and Lyssandra Stephenson; tenors Jeremy Blossey and Brian Vandenberge; and baritones John-Andrew Fernandez and David Murray. Noted area pianist Fabio Bezuti will accompany the group.
The singers, who perform professionally throughout the tri-state area and, in many cases, North America and worldwide, are graduates of various, prestigious schools of music: The New England Conservatory of Music (Murray); the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University (Blossey); the Manhattan School of Music (Dango); the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University (Hackett); SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music (Stephenson) and Westminster Choir College (JFernandez, JAFernandez, Vandenberge).
With opera and concert stage credits too numerous to mention, the singers have performed in some very interesting settings and venues. For example, Ms. Dango is a National Anthem singer for the New Jersey Devils (Prudential Center, Newark, NJ); Mr. Blossey appeared as tenor soloist in concert at the Israeli and the Aschaffenburg (Germany) Opera Houses; Ms. Fernandez performed as soloist at the annual Interpretacion de la cancion Española in Granada, Spain; and the Festival of the Aegean in Greece; and Mr. Murray has performed with the Annapolis Chorale and the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart and John Williams conducting. As Editor and Publishing Manager for Subito Music Corporation, Murray is also recognized as one of the foremost editors of concert music in the music publishing industry.
Charles M. Banks, Director of Music at St. Paul’s, says his adult choir is “exceptional.” He applauds the singers who will perform as Voices of St. Paul’s on February 8 at 4pm, advising that “they are among the finest voices in our area and way beyond.”
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ (near Euclid Avenue). Tickets are available at the door at $20.00 (suggested donation). Students are welcome at no charge. Concert attendees are invited to a reception after the event. For more information, please contact Music Director Banks at (908) 451-5082 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sweet, golden sounds of tempered horns are expected to be heard on Sunday, November 30 at 7 p.m., when the Solid Brass ensemble takes the concert stage at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield. This group of 10 professional instrumentalists, plus percussion, has been wowing audiences throughout North America since 1982. Their versatile concert programs feature a wide range of musical styles, everything from medieval to opera to Gershwin, Big Band, Sousa, the Beach Boys and Christmas.
Comprised of four trumpets, four trombones, one French horn and a tuba, plus percussion, SB’s unique instrumentation articulates, according to one reviewer, “a broader sound spectrum than most brass ensembles on the road.” Added to this, the group is praised for their “[i]nformative and amusing verbal chatter [that] brings the audience into the act and makes for a most entertaining and sonically stunning evening.”
Solid Brass players are recognized as some the finest musicians in the tri-state area. The group has performed in concert venues throughout North America, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. They have performed on numerous Broadway shows, and with the orchestras of the Metropolitan and New York City Operas and the New York City Ballet. Their radio broadcasts include live concerts on WQXR in NYC and WQED in Pittsburgh, and their half-hour Christmas special was featured on PBS-TV’s “The State of the Arts” on the East Coast.
SB has also developed and performed musical programs for more than 200,000 students and educators in 300 schools nationwide, programs designed to educate, illuminate, and entertain. Their audience friendly, eclectic approach sparks interest by energizing their music with cultural history and story-telling.
SB’s 7 p.m. concert at St. Paul’s on November 30 is made possible by a grant from the Westfield Foundation.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 E. Broad Street (near Euclid Avenue) in Westfield. Area parking is free. Concert tickets at $20 for adults may be purchased at the door. Students are welcome at no charge. All are invited to a reception following the event. For more information, call Charles M. Banks at 908-451-5082 or email email@example.com. T.J. Karns, Publicity, St. Paul’s.
Customer friendly volunteers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield are once again gearing up to receive and sort a bonanza of books in many useful categories for the 27th ANNUAL GIANT BOOK SALE in the church’s newly renovated Parish Hall.
Sponsored by the Friends of Music at St. Paul’s, this year’s sale runs on Sunday, November 2 (Noon-5pm), Monday, Nov. 3 (9am-9pm) and Tuesday, Nov. 4 (Bag Day, all you can put into one grocery bag @ $4, 9am-Noon). As always, everyone who loves gently used books at bargain prices is invited to attend, browse and buy.
The Sale features thousands of donated books in a wide variety of popular categories. These include hardback and paperback Fiction, History, Biography, Science and Medicine, Political Science, Psychology, Gardening, the Arts, Sports, Pets, Crafts, How-To, Self Improvement, Languages, books for Teens, and a large selection of Children’s books, puzzles and games. Prices are very reasonable.
Also for sale are low-cost videos, software, CDs, records, DVDs, oversized books and sheet music. St. Paul’s is unable to accept donated textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, or Reader’s Digest condensed books.
All Sale proceeds are used to fund the various musical programs at St. Paul’s, to which the general public is always invited.
Charles M. Banks, Director of Music at St. Paul’s says, “There’s something for everyone at the Sale. For example, you can find special books for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or birthdays. Plus, there’s always the chance that you’ll discover that special read, first edition, or rare find that will cost you next to nothing to take home.”
Book donations may be dropped off daily, Monday- Friday, 3-9pm, and all day Saturdays and Sundays through November 1. An outdoor pod unit is available for book drop-offs in the church parking lot (use the Euclid Avenue driveway entrance).
Donors, please bag your books by category, if possible (History, Science, Children’s, etc.)
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 East Broad Street in Westfield (near Euclid Avenue and across from Town Hall). To access the Parish Hall, please use the Euclid Avenue driveway entrance. For more information, please call (908) 451-5082 or e-mail Music Director Banks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Caption: Their Smiles Speak Volumes. Friends and book lovers Barbara Chupko (of Scotch Plains) and Ginny Takonis (of Westfield) said they were exceedingly happy to find such a wide range of books and book categories at St. Paul’s 25th Annual Giant Book Sale in December 2012, following Super Storm Sandy. The Annual Sale seems to offer more and better book choices to the reading public every year, climate change notwithstanding. This year’s 27th Annual Giant Book Sale starts on Sunday, November 2. Photo and content by T.J. Karns, Publicity, St. Paul's.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is the featured composer in this year’s 28th Anniversary Concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield on Sunday, May 4th. The St. Paul’s Choir, with guest soloists and members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, will perform choral and orchestral works by the celebrated Baroque musical genius, including Bach’s Magnificat in D Major, three Motets, his Violin Concerto in A minor and his Sinfonia for Organ & Orchestra in D minor. Sponsored by the Friends of Music at St. Paul’s, the concert begins promptly at 7pm. Brennan Sweet, Associate Concert Master, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, is the concert’s Concerto soloist. Sweet studied violin at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary) and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. Having joined NJSO in 1994 as ACM, he also served for three seasons as the orchestra’s Acting Concertmaster. The three movements of Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor, particularly the opening Allegro with its “extraordinary” melodic theme, but also the “deeply moving” Andante and the final,“energetic” Andante assai, are expected to allow ample room for Sweet’s virtuosity. Andrew Henderson, Director of Music and Organist at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City since 2005, returns as soloist in Bach’s Sinfonia in D minor, performing on St. Paul’s magnificent organ. His musical credits and performance venues are legion: Degrees from Cambridge University, Yale and Julliard; performances at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey (London), the National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other major NYC venues. The ever-dedicated St. Paul’s Choir, with soloists and orchestra, are expected to perform Bach’s powerful and reflective Magnificat with “exuberance and jubilation.” Bach to Bach! concert conductor Charles M. Banks “anticipates a glorious musical evening” on May 4th. A gifted organist in his own right, Banks is celebrating his 28th year as Director of Music at St. Paul’s. St. Paul's is located at 414 E. Broad Street in Westfield. Area parking is free. Concert tickets at $20 for adults may be purchased at the door; students are welcome at no charge. All are invited to a festive reception following the event. For more information, please call Charles M. Banks at (908) 451-5082 or email email@example.com. Credit: T.J. Karns, Publicity, St. Paul’s.
Vox Fidelis, an acclaimed a cappella choir, will be featured in concert on Sunday, March 23rd at 4pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield. Vox specializes in sacred Renaissance polyphony, cultivating and confirming its important role in traditional sacred liturgy. The concert is sponsored by the Friends of Music at St. Paul’s. Vox Fidelis (“Faithful Voice”) performs concerts and leads church services throughout the tri-state area. In December 2013, for example, the choir performed in The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church (New York City), as part of Manhattan’s weekly concert series sponsored by the Gotham Early Music Scene. The group is a member of the Guild for Early Music and is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization in the state of New Jersey. Vox director Timothy Smith, a choral scholar, singer and director, founded the choir in 2005. Smith is the Director of Music at Grace Presbyterian Church, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Mercer County Community College. He also lectured for several years at Mason Gross School of The Arts, Rutgers University, serving as Assistant Director of the Rutgers Collegium Musicum. Smith has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Schola Cantorum, Orlando, Florida, and the Cambridge Singers, London, England, under the direction of world-renowned director/composer John Rutter. St. Paul's is located at 414 E. Broad Street in Westfield. Area parking is free. Concert tickets may be purchased at the door. A donation of $20 is suggested for adults; students are welcome at no charge. Concert attendees are invited to a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception following the concert. For more information, please call St. Paul's Music Director Charles M. Banks at (908) 451-5082.