Thank you for your interest in St. Stephen’s Music Ministry. We have many opportunities you to serve and be involved as you grow musically and spiritually. There are groups for people of all ages and if you or your family would like to be a part of any of the St. Stephen’s music ensembles please contact the music office.
We look forward to having you join us as we praise God, enjoy fun and fellowship, learn about music, and help to lead worship. The St. Stephen’s music staff would be delighted to meet you and help you find your place among the St. Stephen’s Music Family!
Watch the video below to hear how participating in St. Stephen’s Music Ministry has helped members to grow in faith, or keep reading for more information about our various performing groups.
The Maranatha Singers is a Women’s choir that sings 2 and 3 part music. We meet on Tuesday mornings from September through May and sing once a month for a church service. We also do two concerts per year in conjunction with UMW … one in May and one in December. We then take these concerts “on the road” performing at several Retirement Homes.
Choir members have input into the concert themes and help pick out the Secular and Sacred music for these programs. Our Sacred Music ranges from traditional to modern inspirational. Besides being a group of women who love to sing, we are very supportive of each other ending each rehearsal with Joys and Concerns and Devotions.
Rehearsals: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Director: Tammy Lydon
Contact: Kay Burrier (703-323-5426)
The Source band provides contemporary praise and worship music for Saint Stephen’s Source service (9:45am Sunday), holidays, and at special events. This small ensemble of experienced vocalists and instrumentalists selects and uses Christian and secular songs to reinforce the message of the sermon and enhance the congregation’s worship experience. The Source band rehearses at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday nights in the Saint Stephen’s sanctuary. If you are interested in joining as a vocalist or instrumentalist (or both), for every Sunday or just occasionally as needed, please contact Tammy Lydon, Director of Music Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Source band needs experienced musicians and vocalists periodically.
St Stephens has two English hand bell choirs: The Mighty Peals of Joy and The Genesis Bells.The Genesis Bells was established in 2011 to provide an easy environment for new ringers to gain experience and exposure to performing in public. Genesis typically plays short hymns for the call to worship.
The Mighty Peals of Joy choir was established in the 1980s and provides the anthem for the 8:30 AM service about once a month. We ring a five octave set of Malmark bells and play level 3 or 3+ arrangements. We also have an older three octave set of Schulmerich bells and three octaves of hand chimes. We vacation while school is out for the summer. The choir rehearses on Mondays at 7:30 PM for an hour or so.
New members are always welcome. No experience needed. For more information see any choir member, or the Director of Music, Tammy Lydon, or call the choir director, Austin Cotton, at home at 703-978-9723.
Bits & Pieces (ABits@) is an SATB choir developed in the 1980’s from a summer pick-up group of singers. Our director is Jack Crickenberger, and our Thursday evening rehearsals are occasions of fun and fellowship. We especially enjoy singing upbeat and spirited anthems with strong messages.
Bits sings once or twice a month throughout the year – sometimes more frequently during the summer. Our choir is less formal than traditional groups in both attire and music genre. We treasure the friendships developed while we rehearse to present God’s word in song. Anyone who enjoys singing is invited to join. New voices are always welcome!
The Chancel Choir is an SATB choir which sings in church about twice a month. A wonderful, caring group, we welcome all new singers. Chancel Choir sings a wide variety of music and they meet on Monday evenings, from 7:30 – 9:00, taking a break during the summertime. They also put together a special cantata/drama for the Christmas and Easter seasons. We would love to have you join us! Please contact Tammy Lydon, 703-978-8724 or email@example.com.
Mostly Men’s Choir (AMM@) was organized in the 1990’s as a four-part Men’s Choir. Under the direction of Jack Crickenberger, MM presents a variety of gospel and traditional arrangements with the purpose of providing God’s message in music to enhance the worship services.
As the need arose for voices who could sing the high notes in our songs, several alto voices were added to the mix as 1st tenors, and we adjusted the name to reflect the new makeup of our group. MM usually sings once or twice a month – sometimes more frequently in the summer.
Come join us on Thursday evenings following the Bits rehearsal; you will find us an open and friendly bunch – always looking for more men to share our love of singing God’s praises.
The St. Stephen’s Orchestra provides music during one Sunday service each month (September through May) and also for one or two special occasions during the year, enhancing the worship theme and message of the day. Rehearsals are held Monday evening, 6:45-7:45 p.m., in the Welcome Center. Musicians who have played for two years or more are welcome – woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion. Teenagers are an integral part of our orchestra!
Orchestra members have input into the musical selections, and we seek to provide music ranging from classics and traditional to current. If you have been thinking of putting your old instrument to a good new use, the orchestra is a great place to reconnect with your musical side. We are a fun and very supportive group! We would love to have you join us!
The Grace Ministries band is a musical group singing contemporary and traditional Christian songs in Spanish and English (and we are open to learning and singing Christian songs in other languages as well). Because many people attending Grace Ministries speak Spanish, we try to break down any barriers which may prevent a person from experiencing the joy of being close to God. Offering praise through singing songs in Spanish is just one way we can warmly welcome people into God’s house. Grace Ministries band practices three times per month and our practices take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with one practice being a “just for fun” get together at one of the band members’ homes. The Grace Ministries Outreach event takes place each month of the 4th Saturday of the month. If you are interested in joining as a vocalist or instrumentalist (or both), please contact Tammy Lydon, Director of Music Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have several musical choirs for children, ages 3 years through 3rd grade, plus the Mustard Seed Drama Ministry (for children 3rd – 8th grades):
Cherub Choir is for ages 3 through Kindergarten. This choral group learns music through fun songs and experiential learning. We use lots of hand instruments and fun musical games to enhance musical learning and don’t be surprised if you see us marching down the hall! The Cherub Choir meets on Sunday mornings during the school year from 9:30 – 10 a.m. in Room C42, and they sing once a month at the 11:00 a.m. service (typically on the 2nd Sunday of each month). Please contact Tammy Lydon for more information at 703-978-8724 or email@example.com.
The B-Sharps is a choral group for kids in 1st – 3rd grades. They meet weekly during the school year on Monday evenings from 6:15 – 7:00 p.m., and they sing once a month in church (typically on the 3rd Sundays of each month). They also participate in seasonal musicals and plays with additional rehearsals as need during the production. This group also provides special music for SSUMC events such as Christmas Eve, the Martin Luther King services and for FX Events.
The children’s choirs typically perform one musical during worship at Christmas and one in the spring.