Music

Tom Carawan 250Under the guidance of Music Director Tom Carawan, the St. Stephen’s music program offers a rich blend of traditional liturgical selections and traditional American folk hymns. Performed  in the intimate setting of St. Stephen’s church it is music that transforms and inspires.

Gress-Miles Organ, 1963

Gress-Miles Organ, 1963

Our Episcopal hymnal, from which everyone can sing, draws us together musically in the same way that the Book of Common Prayer draws us together in prayer and liturgy.

St. Stephen’s choir is accompanied by our Gress-Miles baroque organ which was custom-built for the parish in 1963. Other Gress-Miles organs are in the chapels of Vassar College and West Point Military Academy. Many choral and concert performances at St. Stephen’s also include our rich-toned Steinway grand piano.

Choir

St. Stephen's Choir Installation. November 17, 2013

St. Stephen’s Choir Installation. November 17, 2013

Anne helps newcomer, McKenzie prepare music.

Anne helps newcomer, McKenzie prepare music.

Arne and Paula help each other make sure they have music for rehearsal.

Arne and Paula help each other make sure they have music for rehearsal.

New section leader Brandon reviews music and service notes.

New section leader Brandon reviews music and service notes.

Paula Norman — “I am relatively new to Portland and after settling in, I was anxious to find a church and join their music program.  I read a posting online about St Stephen’s needing sopranos and altos.  I took that as a hint and contacted Tom.  It has been ideal for me.  The choir members are warm, welcoming, helpful and TALENTED.  It has been very easy to assimilate into the group.  I hope I am an asset.  I definitely enjoying learning and working with them.”

Lee is checking the music twice at rehearsal.
Lee is checking the music twice at rehearsal.

Choir Weekly Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:30 PM in the Church. We practice on Sundays at 9:30 to prepare to lead at 10:30. How to become a Chorister? Talk to a choir member or speak with Tom Carawan, Music Director by emailtcarawan@spiritone.com or call the parish office and leave a message.

Stephen Snyder“Music is a central part of my life and choir singing is the core of it. I began singing in choirs in college and have sung in the choir of every parish that I have attended since then. I have been blessed with a decent voice and singing God’s praises has been a great joy. During these last 43 years at St. Stephen’s I have been blessed with a wonderful parish family that has been with me in both times of joy and times of sorrow. Truly God has blessed me and my time here at St. Stephen’s. I cannot imagine being anywhere else.”