Vocal Choirs for Adults
Sanctuary is a group of 12 to 16 professional and semi-professional singers who offer the service of Compline each Sunday night throughout the year. The choir is auditioned. New singers are accepted into the choir as space becomes available. Sanctuary will release its first recording of Renaissance music in the fall.
St. Stephen’s Singers, a choir for all ages, meets at 8:15 a.m. on the last Sunday of the month. Come and bring your son or daughter. Section leaders assist volunteer singers in each vocal part, and the music selections are lovely without being too difficult. While no ongoing commitment or weeknight rehearsal is required, it is helpful for us to know if you plan to come. Please contact Brandon Dumas for information.
Summer Choir: during the summer months, young and old alike are welcome to sing with St. Stephen’s Choir on a week-by-week basis. Rehearsals take place Sunday mornings, when you will join other guest singers and our regular choir members to learn a piece of music for the 10 a.m. service. No auditions, registration or sight-reading ability are required. Please contact Brandon Dumas for information.
In addition to these choirs, Saint Stephen’s Choir is joined on occasion by guest singers for special performances. If you have choral experience but you are not able to commit to the choir on a regular basis, this opportunity is for you. Watch the Spirit and eSpirit for announcements, or contact Brandon Dumas for information about participating.
The Cherub Choir is for boys and girls in kindergarten and first grade. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 6:15 until 6:45 p.m. Contact Ashley Rotella for more information.
The Virginia Girls Choir leads Evensong and sings at selected Sunday services and special events at church and throughout the community, and tours. The choir is composed of girls in grades four through high school. In 2010, they released “An Unexpected Christmas,” their first CD (available here or in the parish bookshop). In the summer of 2012, the choir toured the United Kingdom. This choir, which rehearses intensively, draws girls from throughout the greater Richmond area. Information about this exceptional choir and the audition process is available here, or from Brandon Dumas.
The Youth Bell Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. The group rings a few times a year at the 9 a.m. service in Palmer Hall or at the 11:15 a.m. service. Please contact Brandon Dumas if you have questions about the Youth Bell Choir, or if your child is interested in ringing.
The Adult Bell Ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays nights from 6:15 until 7:15 p.m. They ring several times a year at the 11:15 a.m. service. Please contact Brandon Dumas if you have questions about the Adult Bell ensemble, or if you are interested in ringing.
An Unexpected Christmas with the Virginia Girls Choir and Ana Hernández
Read about St. Stephen's organ here.
Brandon Dumas, Interim Director of Music, 288-2867, ext. 304
Ashley Rotella, Palmer Hall and Cherub Choir Director, 288-2867