Music has always been a big part of our church life.

There is something very wonderful in music. Words are wonderful enough, but music is even more wonderful. It speaks not to our thoughts as words do; it speaks straight to our hearts and spirits, to the very core and root of our souls. Music soothes us, stirs us up; it puts noble feelings in us; it melts us to tears, we know not how...it is a language by itself, just as perfect, in its way, as speech, as words; just as divine, just as blessed...
— Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

Two octaves of an electric piano keyboard.
Organ Specifications
GREAT
1 *8' Principal 61 pipes
2 8' Gemshorn from #13
3 8' Flute harmonic from #16
4 *4' Octave 73 pipes
5 4' Gemshorn from #13
6 4' Flute d'Amour from #14
7 *2' Fifteenth from #4
8 8' Oboe from #19
9 Chimes
10 8' Swell to Great
11 4' Swell to Great
12 4' Great to Great
SWELL (expressive)
13 8' Gemshorn 61 pipes
14 8' Holzgedeckt 73 pipes
15 4' Gemshorn from #13
16 4' Harmonic Flute 73 pipes
17 2-2/3' Nazard from #14
18 2' Flautino from #16
19 8' Oboe 73 pipes
20 4' Clarion from #19
21 Tremulant
22 4' Swell to Swell
PEDAL
23 *16' Bourdon 12 pipes
24 *16' Lieblich Gedeckt from #23
25 *8' Principal from #1
26 8' Gemshorn from #13
27 8' Gedeckt from #14
28 *4' Choralbass from #1
29 4' Gedeckt from #14
30 *2' Octavin from #1
31 8' Oboe from #19
32 4' Clarion from #19
33 8' Great to Pedal
34 8' Swell to Pedal
* non-expressive
Eric Harmon and his bass.
Ed Wheeler on trumpet.
Sara Barnett Seidner playing the Pilcher pipe organ at the Paoli United Methodist Church.

A pipe organ built by Henry Pilcher's Sons in Louisville was installed in the old church building just west of the square in 1927. That same pipe organ is still in use, having been moved to the new church building. in 1972! It was fully rebuilt in 1985, at which time additional stops were added. It has two manuals and a pedalboard. Its current specifications are shown in the table at right.

Here we see Sara Barnett Seidner playing the pipe organ for a service.

A Principal organ stop, or Choralbass, Octave or Fifteenth, produces a sound unique to a pipe organ and it is not intended to imitate any specific instrument.

Flute stops attempt to imitate the flute-class woodwind instruments. The Bourdon, Flautino, Flûte d'Amour, Gedeckt (and Holzgedeckt and Lieblichgedeckt), Nazard, Octavin stops on this organ also fall into that class. Flutes are imitated, but that does not mean that these stops are all of high pitch. Bourdon comes from the French word bourdonner, meaning "to buzz", and it is used with the low pitched pedals.

A Gemshorn organ stop is modeled after the 15th century European wind instrument constructed from the horn of a goat or similar animal. It uses conical pipes with the wind entering at the wide end as in the original. It is classified as a flute/string hybrid.

A Clarion imitates the sound of a trumpet or similar brass instrument.

An Oboe stop, of course, imitates the sound of that class of double-reed wind instruments.

Also see the letter from Maud Anna Ham written around 1968, and the letter from Mildred Hamm Moss written in 1984, both about the 1927 purchase of the organ.

Manuals or keyboards of the pipe organ.
Logos of Henry Pilcher's Sons music company and the Miller Pipe Organ Company of Louisville, Kentucky.
Pedals and swell and crescendo of the pipe organ.
Manuals or keyboards and stops of the pipe organ.
Manuals or keyboards and stops of the pipe organ.
Manuals or keyboards and stops of the pipe organ.
Youth and children's choir.

The youth and children's choir sings during Easter morning worship service.

The church has a bell choir for youth and adults.

Musically talented members get involved. Here, Ed Wheeler's trumpet solo provides a dramatic opening for a service.

Trumpet music opening a church service.

Sunday morning services feature music on the Clavinova by our Music Director Karen Foster.

Karen Foster plays the piano at the Paoli United Methodist Church.
Two choir members at the Paoli United Methodist Church.

Our church has an active choir. They sing at every Sunday morning service, and at special services and events throughout the year. These include both Easter and Christmas Cantatas.

The church choir, led by our Music Director Karen Foster, sings for worship services.

The chancel choir sings at the Paoli United Methodist Church.
Chancel choir performing the Christmas Cantata at the Paoli United Methodist Church.

Choir practice is Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM in the choir room.

Here we see the choir singing during a service.

The chancel choir sings at the Paoli United Methodist Church.
The chancel choir sings at the Paoli United Methodist Church.

Some members of other Paoli church choirs joined our choir to present the very popular Christmas Cantata.

Chancel choir performing the Christmas Cantata at the Paoli United Methodist Church.
Chancel choir performing the Christmas Cantata at the Paoli United Methodist Church.

Members of the Paoli United Methodist Church sing during a candlelight Christmas Eve service.

Members of the Paoli United Methodist Church hold candles and sing during a candlelight Christmas Eve service.
Howard Detweiler sings during a candlelight Christmas Eve service.

Howard Detweiler performs a special song during a Christmas Eve service.

Kirby Stailey performing a musical ministry during Sunday morning worship.

We sometimes have a special musical performance during Sunday morning worship.

Kirby Stailey was born and raised in southern Indiana and began singing in church at the age of 5. During his youth he played bass and acoustic guitar and sang lead vocals in a variety of bands playing styles including heavy metal, blues, rock and roll, and country. He won the Colgate Country Showdown in Jasper, Indiana, and recorded both his winning songs on an EP titled "We Know The Way".

He has already begun writing songs for his second CD and hopes that God will allow him to continue to minister through his music.

Darla McFadden has performed her music multiple times at our Sunday morning services.