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 are bell choirs for adults and for children. 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 hymnody 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 polyphony.
Read more about choirs at St. Stephen's here.
Sanctuary: Music from the Compline Service at St. Stephen’s Church
Sanctuary, an ensemble who sing Compline each week, released a CD of music for Compline in October 2012. Take home the Renaissance motets and sublime chant heard each week at Compline. You may purchase it here, or in the parish bookshop.
An Unexpected Christmas with the Virginia Girls Choir and Ana Hernández
Read about St. Stephen's organ here.
Peter Hopkins, Director of Music, 288-2867, ext. 347
Paige Reisenfeld, Administrative Assistant