“Music and the Liturgy” St. Paul’s to host Diocesan History Committee Fall Forum on October 14.

“Music and the Liturgy” will be the subject of the diocesan History Committee’s seventh annual fall forum.

The Forum will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 at St. Paul’s Church, Chestnut Hill. It will explore, through an historical lens, the broad topics of how music and liturgy combine. It will also help us better understand how music contributes to and enriches our liturgy.

This year’s forum speakers and their topics are:

  • Dr. Derrick Thompson, interim director of music at St. Peter’s Church, Philadelphia; His topic is Lift Every Voice and Sing.
  • The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, rector of St. Christopher’s Church, Gladwyne; Her topic is “A Confessing Church Singes Her Song; How Proclaiming Our Faith Lets Us Be Truly Church.
  • Michael Smith, minister of music at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh;. His topic is The Anglican/Episcopal Choral Tradition: Myth or Reality?

Surrounding the speakers will be music led by St. Paul’s Music Director Andy Kotylo and performed by the parish’s critically acclaimed choir and by the Stephen Russell renovated Aeolian Skinner organ, which is highly respected and considered to be artistically significant.

For more information contact: Clark Groome (215-421-2416 or The forum will also be live-streamed at