The St. Paul’s Choir is the main choir of the church, and sings the 10:30 Sunday service.  Throughout the year, the choir also sings occasional Evensongs and presents an annual Advent Lessons and Carols service.  Rooted in the Anglican choral tradition, the choir’s repertoire comprises high-quality music from Renaissance through today.  Most of our music ranges from moderate to very difficult, and typically our members feel privileged to sing a large quantity of repertoire of substance, beauty, and challenge.  We maintain a commitment to exquisite tonal production in the style of the British men and boy choirs.  We welcome new singers who possess excellent music reading skills and voices that easily blend.  Those interested in membership should contact organist and choirmaster Charles Lindsey, Jr. 


We have in the past had separate offerings for youth choirs, but currently we encourage youth interested in music to sing with the St. Paul’s Choir on either a regular or intermittent basis.  Supplemental training in the form of music-reading, theory, and vocal training is available from the choirmaster for those teens who express interest in singing with the St. Paul’s Choir.  Separate youth choirs, such as our recent Bristol Singers girls choir, are formed based upon interest and numbers.  Anyone younger than a teenager would be considered for the St. Paul’s Choir on an individual basis or may wish to participate in the quarterly Children’s Choir (see below).   


Each quarter, the parish holds a day-long Vacation Bible School.  Prior to and during the Bible School, children within and outside the parish are invited to sinAg a song for the 10:30 A.M. Eucharist on the Sunday following the Bible School.  For more information on the Bible School and the Children’s Choir, you may contact the Church Office.

CHARLES LINDSEY, JR. is a Richmond, Virginia, native who grew up under the influence of his mother, Bettie Hazelhurst Lindsey, a longtime Richmond area organist and church music director, as well as her sister, Jane Hazelhurst Reeves, longtime organist of his home church. At the age of four, Charles decided he wanted to play the organ and lead church music.  

Currently, Charles is organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bristol Parish, Petersburg, Virginia.  Although the organ, choral directing, and sacred music remain his primary musical passions, Charles has other musical interests that are utilized throughout the Greater Richmond community. 

Beyond the church, Charles is very active as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach.   During the academic year, Charles serves as a full-time pianist for the voice department of Virginia Commonwealth University.  Additionally, he is often sought as a piano and organ teacher, a performer in venues featuring early music and harpsichord, and concert organist.  Charles holds the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Richmond, and has studied choral  conducting, vocal coaching, vocal pedagogy, organ, organ improvisation, harpsichord, and early music with musical and pedagogical luminaries in Richmond, Washington, D.C., and New York City.         


St. Paul's Church is a diverse family that knows the unconditional love of God, and respects and welcomes all to share the Gospel of Christ.


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Petersburg, VA 23803


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