The music ministry at Saint Stephen’s Parish seeks to fill every heart with the sound of God’s peace and joy. Through the finest sacred music of many centuries, we aim to provide an ever-expanding vocabulary to proclaim God’s eternal message. Careful preparation and weekly rehearsals by the musicians of our parish support our commitment to offer our fullest and most enriching praise to God in the highest.
Choirs at St. Stephen’s
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The purpose of the Parish Choir is “to bring each other and the congregation closer to God”. This is fostered as we sing from a widely varied repertoire of music from many periods, cultures and styles and of varying degrees of difficulty.
Anthems are chosen to enhance worship by elaborating or focusing on the Gospel and theme of any given Sunday. Teenagers and adults are warmly welcomed and quickly incorporated into the group. The Parish Choir rehearses for two hours on Tuesday evenings, beginning at 7 pm. We gather at 9 on Sunday mornings to run through the music for that particular day.
Additionally, if you are interested in singing for evensongs, the great Festivals of the church year, or the Meditation on the Passion, arrangements can be made for attending 3 or 4 rehearsals prior to these occasions. Please speak with Joy Mullen, Director of Music.
Rehearsals: Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
The Bell Choir meets on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Always looking for new ringers, we encourage you to come out and give bell-ringing a try for several weeks. The ability to read music is not essential, but obviously helpful! Counting is the more important skill! All are welcome!
Music for the Community
Saint Stephen’s helps enliven the Pittsfield and larger Berkshire-area community with special events outside of our regular worship services, including:
- Sacred Concerts of religious vocal and instrumental music
- Masterworks Concerts by guest artists and ensembles from around the world
- Hosting concerts by numerous local performing organizations, meetings and programs of the American Guild of Organists, regular rehearsals of several Berkshire musical groups, and practice time for music students.