An afternoon of Sacred Jazz, Deanna Witkowski Trio

An afternoon of Sacred Jazz, Deanna Witkowski Trio

Noted jazz pianist, Deanna Witkowski makes her third appearance at St. Paul’s on June 7. A leader in composing jazz music for the church, Deanna hails from New York City where she frequently guests at churches and concert halls. She brings her own trio to St. Paul’s to perform original sacred jazz music and lead the service of Evensong at 4:00 p.m.

Christopher Atzinger, Pianist

A piano recital with works by J. S. Bach, Johannes Brahms and Franz Liszt will be presented by Dr. Christopher Atzinger on March 1st. The St. Paul’s Chamber Singers will sing the service of Evensong at 4:00 p.m.
Praised in Gramophone for his “abundant energy, powerful fingers, big sound and natural musicality,” pianist Christopher Atzinger has performed in Austria, Germany, England, Italy, France, Spain, and Canada in addition to performances throughout the United States highlighted by concerts in New York at Carnegie Hall (Weill), New York University, St. Paul’s Chapel, Liederkranz Hall; in Chicago at the Dame Myra Hess Series and PianoForte Salon Series; and in Washington, D.C. at the Phillips Collection.

“The Play of Daniel” Boston Camerata

The Boston Camerata comes to St. Paul’s to present the medieval play of “Daniel” on February 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. A ticket is required for this performance. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1444 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97302, M-TH, 9-4pm or call 503-362-3661, or email

Once again the church will be transformed into a theater with lights, costumes and music. The Old Testament prophecies of Daniel, a young captive in corrupt Babylon, will ring forth. This stunning, contemporary new production by Artistic Director, Anne Azéma, is one of the greatest musical plays from the French Middle Ages. Accompanied by early instruments the ensemble will be joined by some of St. Paul’s singers both young and mature.

The Boston Camerata is an early music ensemble based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its was founded in 1954 by Narcissa Williamson at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as an adjunct to that museum’s instrument collection. The Camerata incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 1974. It was directed from 1969 to 2008 by Joel Cohen, who remains active as Music Director Emeritus. Since 2008 the company’s artistic director has been French-born singer and scholar Anne Azéma. A regular subscription series is offered to Boston-area residents, as well as tours in the United States and abroad. In 2011, Camerata was in residence in Reims, France contributing five programs of medieval French music to the 800th anniversary celebration of the Reims Cathedral.

Camerata’s numerous recordings on various labels include programs on Harmonia Mudi, Erato, Telefunken, and Warner Classics. Among the ensemble’s awards are the Grand Prix du Disque (1987) for a medieval version of the Tristan and Iseult legend.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Gian Carlo Menotti’s miracle operetta “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be staged in the main church at St. Paul’s on January 4 at 7 p.m. and January 5 at 4 p.m. There is no service of Evensong.

This child-friendly 50-minute operetta tells the story of a poor crippled boy and his mother who greet the three kings on their way to meet the Christ child During the king’s visit the boy is healed and joins them on their quest.

Two pianos and two oboes accompany this musical gift to the community of Salem. The church will be transformed into a theater with lighting and special costumes. Mikaela Starr plays the part of Amahl and Brook Brooks plays the part of the mother. David Nelson, Barry Nelson and Sean Brooks take on the role of the three kings with Ray Phipps playing the part of the page. Written in 1951, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” was the first operetta to be broadcast live on television.

St. Nicholas Faire

St. Nicholas Faire – Sponsored by Episcopal Church Women, the Faire provides tables in the parish hall to vendors selling hand-crafted items, home baked goods, and jams and jellies donated by parishioners. There are also drawings for over 20 donated gift baskets. Proceeds from the baskets go to the Bloomin Boutique, a local children’s support charity.

St. Nicholas Faire Lunch – The men’s Thursday Breakfast group sell sandwiches and soup during the St. Nicholas Faire. Proceeds go to support the Backpack Buddies program.

Advent Lessons and Carols 2019 – St. Paul’s, Salem

The entire music ministry program at St. Paul’s will be featured as they lead a service of “Advent Lessons and Carols” on December 1, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

There is no service of Evensong this day. Dr. Paul Klemme will lead the service from the Gabriel Kney pipe organ at St. Paul’s. A brass and string ensemble will join forces with the St. Paul’s Ringers and all of the vocal choirs in this service of carols interspersed with lesson readings appropriate for the season of Advent.

A special arrangement of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” written by choir member Walt Farrier will be presented.

Ultreya Gathering for Cursillo

Oregon and SW Washington Episcopal Cursillo Ministry will host an Ultreya Gathering on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., for all members of the Cursillo Community and all those interested in Cursillo. There will be prayer, singing, laughter, and sharing. Bring a friend and finger food to share. St. Paul’s – Salem will host.

“Allegria” Italian Baroque Concerti, Annabeth Shirley, cellist

Cellist Annabeth Shirley will serve as cello soloist and leader of an all-Baroque Concerti concert on November 3 after the service of Evensong at 4:00 p.m. Ms. Shirley, a native of Salem, is presently a member of the Portland Baroque Orchestra and concertizes extensively on Baroque cello all over the Northwest United States. A graduate of South Salem High School, the University of Michigan and the Hague Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands, Annabeth has chosen a program that include works by J. S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and Dutch Composer Pieter Hellendahl. She will be joined by a 12-piece period instrument orchestra predominantly of Portland Baroque Orchestra members.

Diocesan Fall Youth Event



As part of the 131st Annual Convention of the Diocese of Oregon, St. Paul’s, Salem will host youth (grades 6-12) from around the diocese for the Fall Youth Event.

We will attend a session of the 131st Annual Diocesan Convention and explore the theme Common Prayer, Common Vision. This weekend is a wonderful opportunity for fun and faith-filled fellowship!

The cost is $25 per person (scholarships are available). Click here to register online. 

The registration deadline is October 20.

Click here to download the Fall Youth Event 2019 flyer.

Questions? Please contact Amy Goerger (

Building Bridges

The Golden Gate Bridge

By the Rev. Andy McQuery, Associate Rector at St. Paul’s, Salem

A relationship is a bridge between people. Sometimes the gap is narrow, like a woodland creek easily spanned by a couple of planks and a length of rope, constructed in a matter of hours. And sometimes the distance is vast, requiring lots of thought, skill, hard work, and most of all, time. But, like a well-designed and carefully built bridge, a good relationship can bear a lot of weight and stress, even if it takes some effort to maintain. Famously, the Golden Gate Bridge is constantly being repainted, a never-ending struggle against the corrosive effects of the ocean air.

I knew this about ministry, even before I was ordained. But I see more clearly now that “relationship” is not just knowing someone’s name and more-or-less getting along. The bridge metaphor signifies a connection, a bond, and an exchange: traffic goes in both directions. What bridges do is get people across some sort of divide.

So as I approached the end of my initial commitment as curate of St. Paul’s, I saw it wasn’t just that I knew church members’ names and found them a likeable bunch: relationships had developed which, like a bridge, make it possible to go from once place to another. And so, after prayer and reflection, I asked if I might be able to stay, so that— paradoxically—we can keep going.

There isn’t a lot of bridge-building in our world right now. In fact, there’s a lot more energy for erecting walls. Regardless of fraught matters of public policy, I find the metaphor revealing. One structure helps people connect, the other tries to keep them apart. A while back I saw a religious Op-Ed on border security pointing out that even heaven has walls. How sad, I thought: the author never noticed that the gates are always open (Isaiah 60:11; Revelation 21:25).

Our culture far too readily promotes division over political difference. But partisan divides are not the only problem: we must confront racism and a host of other –isms, as well as the growing crisis of social isolation and disconnection. As Christians, we should be in the metaphorical bridge-building business. Bridges connect people who are otherwise separated. They don’t make distances shorter or gaps disappear—the rivers of the world still mark all kinds of boundaries. But they make it possible for people on both sides to go from one place to another. Like the tenacious, salty winds constantly threatening the Golden Gate, our political climate is actively corroding the structural integrity of our relationships. Let’s work together to maintain our existing bridges, and build some new ones, too.