St. Stephen's Church is committed to a strong music ministry that lifts our praises to God.
We emphasize congregational singing, participation by people of all ages in our choirs, a variety of musical styles--with the traditional repertoire for which Anglicans are known having pride of place--and the highest quality performance by singers and instrumentalists.
There are choirs for children, teenagers and adults; choirs for those who have choral experience and those who want to learn; choirs for those who can commit to a weekly rehearsal schedule and those whose involvement is more limited. There is a bell choir, and there are opportunities for instrumentalists who wish to share their musical gifts in worship.
St. Stephen's is also known for bringing renowned musicians to perform here. (Our concerts are on hiatus during the renovation of our church, but will resume in 2016.)
Our Sunday morning services, as well as our Wednesday Evensong (September-May), offer traditional Episcopal/Anglican hymns and anthems. Our Sunday evening Celtic service features instrumental music and hymns that reflect Celtic tradition, American folk music, and classical pieces. Our Compline service is sung by Sanctuary, a mixed a capella choir, and features Gregorian chant and Renaissance motets.
While not part of our worship life, there are other important music offerings at St. Stephen's:
- The Community Music School @ St. Stephen's--a place where music teachers and students of all ages can come together for private music lessons, both voice and instrumental
- Music Makers--music classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their parents (or other caregivers)
- Community concerts (returning after all the clean-up on our construction project is done)
- The annual Bluegrass Bash, held each September
These offerings are open to all in the community.