St Paul's
United Church of Christ
 
Our Music Our Music is a very important part of our worship here at St. Paul's.
Our Choir is currently a small quartet of dedicated and talented members. What they lack in size they make up for with their strong harmonies and great music selections by Music Director Bob Lane.

The members from left to right are:

Kathy Leies Jean Wiarda Rich Leies Bob Lane Their weekly selections are a highly anticipated part of our Sunday sevices.

Organist Ray Papay also enlightens us each week with a special selection chosen by himself to provide a few minutes of musical meditation.

His selections range from ethnic classics and well known spiritual melodies to self compositions.His explantion of origin of the music prior to the meditaion is always a moving and interesting addtion to the selection.

Our Musical Leaders
We are very lucky to have such musical talent here with us at St. Paul's. From our organist to our Choir and Music director we have years of experience and talent that helps us convey our feelings and fulfill our mission.

Organist Ray Papay has had extensive experience in music as a performer, teacher and composer. After earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia Teachers College, he taught piano, sang with the New York City Opera and was organist and choir director in churches in New Jersey, Brooklyn, and The Bronx, N.Y. He composed several pieces for the various chuch choirs that he directed, and with his brother ran Papay Opera Productions, which produced religious works such as Tchaikovsy's "Joan of Arc" and Massenet's "Herodiade" (John the Baptist vs. Herod) in various churches in NYC.  He currently teaches voice at Precision Music in Stroudsburg and appears occasionally at Shawnee Playhouse.


Choir Director Bob Lane
has been the choir director at St. Paul's for over 30 years. He holds a Masters Degree in Music acquired at Peabody College in Kentucky. He is a long time school teacher who, in 1958 came to this area to teach at The Tannersville school. He went on to teach at Pocono East where he was credited with starting the school's first marching band, and also produced the school's first musical production. Bob also is an accomplished musician and plays many instruments with his favorite being the saxaphone.He retired in 1989 but still remains active in music through the church and keeps physically fit with his passion for tennis.
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