St. Paul’s is blessed with an outstanding musical program that serves not only our parish but also the greater Rochester community. We enjoy two singing choirs: a fine adult choir, and a newly-revitalized choir for children and youth; a bell choir rounds out our active musical groups. Our parish is fortunate as well to have numerous gifted instrumentalists who offer their talents in services from time to time throughout the year.

Musical instruments include an historic Skinner pipe organ (built in 1927; restored in 2012), a Wissinger continuo organ, three grand pianos, and two sets of handbells.

St. Paul’s offers musical programs throughout each season to which the greater Rochester community is invited. Of note is “If Music Be the Food,” an outreach concert series initiated in 2008 in which professional musicians and students join together to benefit Rochester’s Foodlink. Each season features three chamber music concerts, and the price of admission is any non-perishable food item (cash donations are also welcome). Over ten seasons about $25,000 in cash donations and nearly ten tons of food have been collected to benefit this most worthy cause! In addition, organ recitals by our own music staff and students from the Eastman School, as well as special services presented by the St. Paul’s Choirs, are scheduled each season.

In the summers of 2010 and 2013 members of the St. Paul’s Choir and Choristers embarked on week-long residencies at English cathedrals. These mission trips provide an important service to the cathedrals: visiting choirs make it possible for these historic places to continue their daily schedule of choral services when their own choirs are on much-needed holidays. Initial planning for our next trip is underway.

To learn more about music at St. Paul’s, contact our Music Director, Dr. Robert Poovey: or (585) 271-2240.