Category Archives: Indianapolis – St Paul’s

Choirs to Participate in the Consecration of our Bishop-Elect

An invitation from Michael Messina, Director of Music at Trinity, Indianapolis:

I invite you and your choirs to participate in the Consecration of our Bishop-elect, the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, on Saturday 29 April, at 11 a.m., at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. Michael Boney, Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral; Brad Hughley, Director of Music at St. Paul’s, Indianapolis; our Bishop-elect and I have chosen the music and we hope that singers and choirs from all corners of the diocese will participate as The Consecration Choir in this historic service.

The choir will rehearse Friday, April 28, from 7-9 p.m., in Clowes Hall. We will also warm up and rehearse the morning of the consecration, from 8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Singers must attend BOTH of these rehearsals in order to participate.

The repertoire is:

  • Vaughan Williams, O Clap Your Hands ($2.25/copy)
  • Richard Smallwood, arr. Doreen Rao, Total praise ($2.15/copy)
  • Wyton, This Joyful Eastertide (Out of print, I will send you a pdf copy)
  • and…a WIDE VARIETY of hymns and service music

If you need to purchase any or all of these pieces, you may contact Cliff Hill of Cliff Hill Music,, or 800-819-8772, and he will send them to you.

Please let me know ( or 317-926-1346 by April 1 how many from your church will be singing, and what voice part they are, so that we might have a count and know how many are in each section.

We’re looking forward to a wonderful service, for a remarkable Bishop-elect, in an amazing diocese! Your presence will make it so!

Please let me know what questions you might have.

All the best.
Michael Messina, DMA
Director of Music
Trinity Episcopal Church

Flipping for Jesus

St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, was one of many parishes in the diocese that enjoyed a super-fun Mardi Gras themed pancake supper. Parish youth provided lots of colorful decorations, activities, and yummy pancakes and fixins’—proudly proclaiming by their t-shirts they were “Flipping for Jesus!”

St. Paul’s Music: Music in a Sacred Space

Scary Music for Organ Concert

October 30
Sunday at 4 p.m. 

Admission is free

Back by popular demand! The King of Instruments will speak to you in many voices on Halloween Eve. Join us for this celebration in your own costume and receive a special treat. Surprises, special effects, and Halloween hymns are all part of the fun. Join us if you dare!

About St. Paul’s Music

Through the language of music, St. Paul’s, Indianapolis Music is a bridge between the secular and the sacred that creates community, connects people with the divine, and develops young musicians. 

Now in its thirty-seventh year, St. Paul’s Music continues as a ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Indianapolis. Through generous supporters, St. Paul’s Music is able to offer a variety of events to the community, and continues to feature choral masterworks performed by St. Paul’s Choir with orchestra, as well as professional artists from the Indianapolis area and around the world. This organization also supports projects such as recordings and choir pilgrimages.

More Upcoming Events 2016 – 2017


Choral Evensong

November 13
Sunday at 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

Featuring music of Charles Stanford, John Joubert, Richard Proulx, and Herbert Howells. An organ prelude begins at 3:45 p.m.

Concert: University of Illinois Chamber Singers

November 18
Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

This 50-60 voice ensemble sings repertoire from across all periods of choral literature. The Chamber Singers are directed by Andrew Megill, who joined the faculty in August 2014. He has prepared choirs for performances with many of the world’s leading conductors, and recently conducted the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, where he also directs its Orchestra Chorus.

Choral Evensong

December 11
Sunday at 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

In the midst of a world frenzied with holiday buzz, enter into this quiet service that brings focus to the mystery of Advent. Music of Joel Martinson, Craig Phillips, and Robert Parsons. Prelude
begins at 3:45 p.m. 

Choral Evensong

February 12, 2017
Sunday at 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

Featuring music of Jonathan Dove, Frank Ferko, Kenneth Leighton, and Leo Sowerby. Organ prelude at 3:45 p.m.

Choral Concert: Stile Antico

March 2, 2017
Thursday at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $25 / available for purchase after October 1 at

Based in London, Stile Antico has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals. The group enjoys a particularly close association with the Wigmore Hall and has appeared at the BBC Proms, Buckingham Palace, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Cité de la Musique, the Palais des Beaux-Arts and the Luxembourg Philharmonie. Stile Antico is frequently invited to perform at Europe’s leading festivals: highlights include the Lucerne Easter Festival, the Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein and Wrocław Festivals and the Antwerp, Barcelona, Bruges, Granada, Utrecht, and York Early Music Festivals.

Since making its critically acclaimed North American debut at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2009, Stile Antico has returned frequently to the US and Canada, performing regularly in Boston and in New York’s Music Before 1800 and Miller Theatre series. Further appearances include Washington’s Library of Congress, the Chan Centre in Vancouver, the Quebec Festival of Sacred Music, at Duke, Michigan and Yale Universities, and in concert series across nineteen US states. In 2010 Stile Antico made its debut at the Cervantino festival in Mexico.

Stile Antico is renowned for the committed and expressive performances that arise from its uniquely collaborative style of working: its members rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical results. The group is also noted for its intelligent programming, drawing out thematic connections between works to shine new light on Renaissance music. In addition to its core repertoire, Stile Antico has given world premieres
of works by John McCabe and Huw Watkins, and recently juxtaposed the music of William Byrd and James MacMillan to great acclaim. Its diverse range of collaborations has included performances with viol consort Fretwork, pianist Marino Fomenti, orchestra B’Rock, and Sting.

Choral Masterworks – Franz Joseph Haydn: “Lord Nelson” Mass in D minor, with St. Paul’s Choir, guest conductor Joseph Flummerfelt, and Orchestra

March 19, 2017
Sunday at 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

An enduring masterpiece for choir, soloists, and orchestra, Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass for troubled times) or Nelson Mass is a marvel of musical architecture and beauty. As one of the six late masses of Haydn, it holds a special place in the classical repertoire for its ingenuity and immediacy and was completed with astonishing speed at the height of Haydn’s international reputation, in the course of eight weeks. 

The performance is conducted by Joseph Flummerfelt, former director of the Westminster Choir, an artistic director of the Spoleto Festival USA, and responsible for most of the choral work of the New York Philharmonic since 1971. 

For 33 years Joseph Flummerfelt served as artistic director and principal conductor of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey – a position from which he retired in 2004. He began his academic career as director of choral activities at his alma mater, DePauw University, from 1964 to 1968. He served in the same capacity at Florida State University from 1968 to 1971, when he began his tenure at Westminster. Since retiring from Westminster, Flummerfelt has held many visiting professorships and conducted many performances at a number of universities, including, among others, Eastman School of Music, the University of Texas, New England Conservatory, the University of Illinois, Kansas City Conservatory of Music and DePauw University. 

For 37 years he served as director of choral activities for the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, South Carolina, from which he retired in 2013, and for 23 years was the maestro del coro for the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy.

A master teacher, Flummerfelt’s many former students occupy a number of major choral positions throughout the United States. Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who, as a teenager, studied with Flummerfelt in two advanced conducting summer workshops, cites him as one of the two major influences in his life as a conductor. A 2009 New York Times article said, “Mr. Nezet-Seguin called those sessions with Mr. Flummerfelt the only significant conducting lessons he ever had.”

Dr. Donald Nally, another former student, who is now Director of Choral Activities at Northwestern University as the founder and artistic director of The Crossings, collaborated on a book with Dr. Flummerfelt entitled “Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt”.

In addition to his Grammy awards and nominations, Flummerfelt’s many honors include Le Prix du President de la Republique from L’Academie du Disque Francais. He holds honorary doctorates from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Purdue University,
Vincennes University, Ursinus College, and DePauw University. He has received DePauw’s two highest alumni awards. The Old Gold Goblet in 1988 and the DePauw Gold Medal in 2005.

His recording of the Haydn “Nelson” Mass with the Westminster Choir and New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein was nominated for a Grammy award. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Flummerfelt, now an Indianapolis resident, to St. Paul’s for this special concert. 

Choral Evensong

May 7, 2017
Sunday at 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

Featuring music for Eastertide. An organ prelude begins at 3:45 p.m. 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact: 

Meegan Stutler-Fournier
Assistant for Liturgy and Music
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
6050 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
ph. 317.253.1277, ext. 35


Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Names Diocesan Clergy as College of Pastoral Leader Cohorts

Gray LesesneThe Rev Sarah GinofiThe Rev. Dr. Gray Lesesne, Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, and the Rev. Sarah Ginolfi, St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, are a part of a small ecumenical peer group of Indiana church planters receiving a $10,000 grant from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s College of Pastoral Leaders. Over the coming two years, they will be continuing on a journey as College of Pastoral Leader Cohorts—church leaders committed to learning in community for their own flourishing in ministry for the sake of the Gospel.

According to their purpose statement, “We are six mainline clergy who have accepted God’s call to become harvesters of a new crop as we plant, redevelop, and form new Christian communities of creativity, justice, transformation, and hope in the Hoosier State. Our tiny seedlings are now bearing the first hints of green in the cornfields of Indiana. We seek to grow our own inner spirituality so that we might have deep roots to produce an abundant harvest. Our colleague group has been gathering since June 2015 to share our ministry successes and challenges, to explore what it means to create new communities that are both sustainable and innovative, and to support each other. In the midst of our conversations, we have discovered that what we most deeply need for this exciting, but all-consuming work is nourishment for our souls.”