Music

Music is an important part of our worship at St. Stephen’s and is led by Marshall Foster, our organist and choirmaster. All ages are welcome to participate in our music ministries.

Adult choir –

Music is an important part of our worship at St. Stephen’s and is led by Marshall Foster, our organist and choirmaster. The Adult Choir regularly sings at the 10:30 am. service between Labor Day and Memorial Day, and at other times such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday. Choir rehearsal is Wednesday evenings from 7–8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Marshall Foster, marshallfoster@gmail.com or 919-722-9167.

Youth choirs – St. Stephen’s is blessed with lots of children participating in our youth choirs.

Children age three and up are invited to join one of our children’s choirs, led by Rebecca Barnes. The youngest children are in the Cherub Choir; they learn basics about rhythm and singing together and sing occasionally at the 10:30 a.m. service. Children in first and second grade sing in the Junior Choir; older children and youth sing in the Schola Nova choir. The Junior & Schola Nova Choirs also sing together occasionally at the 10:30 a. m. service. The children’s choirs rehearse on Sunday nights. Contact Rebecca Barnes at rfordham@hotmail.com or 919-920-6848. The schedule is:

• Cherub Choir (Ages 3–K) 5–5:30 p.m.

• Junior & Schola Nova Choirs (1st grade and up, no age limit) 5:30– 6 p.m.

Our Organ – The organ at St. Stephen’s was built by the Holtkamp Organ Company and installed in 1955, Opus 1676. It replaced an older organ that, with the choir, was situated in the chancel of the church. Although now commonplace, it was one of the first neo-baroque organs to be built in this part of the United States. Additions were made by the McManis Company in 1974, and renovations in 2012 included replacing the reed stops and the installation of a new capture combination system.

Organ Specifications

GREAT

16’ Quintadena
8’ Principal
8’ Gedackt
8’ Dulciana
4’ Octave
4’ Spitz flöte
2’ Piccolo
Mixture
Swell to Great

SWELL

8’ Gambe
8’ Voix Celeste
8’ Lieblich Gedackt
4’ Rohr Flöte
Sesquialtera
2’ Principal
III Cymbal
8’ Trumpet

PEDAL
32’ Acoustic
16’ Sub Bass
16’ Quitadena
8’ Octave
8’ Octave Gedackt
4’ Choral Bass
Rausch Quinte
16’ Dulzian
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
4’ Swell to Pedal