Music Ministry

 

St.Stephen Church is blessed to offer liturgical ministries in music to glorify God through song.   The ministry is dedicated to enhancing our worship with sung prayer. Music is provided at weekend masses, as well as at special liturgies, such as First Communion, Confirmation and School Graduation celebrations

 

Adult Choir

The Adult Choir sings regularly at the 10:45 am Sunday Mass as well as at various special liturgies and celebrations throughout the Church year.  Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings in the Church.

Contemporary Music Ensemble

Consider sharing your talent at the Contemporary Mass on Sundays at 10:45 am from September through May in the school hall.  Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings in the Library.

Cantors

St. Stephen cantors lead and encourage assembly participation in sung prayer at parish Liturgies. Meetings/rehearsals held seasonally.  Must have strong vocal ability and confidence in public.

Resurrection Choir

Volunteers provide support for congregational singing during funeral liturgies.  If you are enjoy singing and are available in the mornings, you might consider joining!

Instrumentalists

There are many liturgies throughout the year that feature music utilizing instruments other than the organ.  If you are proficient on a particular instrument (trumpet, flute, violin, etc) and would like to extend your talent to the music ministry, please contact Rob Hott at 410-472-3341.

Donations

Many of our major feasts and celebrations utilize more extensive instrumental ensembles such as brass and timpani.  We welcome any donations that would help underwrite the cost of these musicians. Your donations could be in the form of a memorial to a loved one or to honor a friend or family member.  All donations will be recognized in the bulletin.

 Share The Gift God Gave You - Making Joyful Music!

We have a need for singers and musicians, so if you have a talent for music and want to share it with your faith community, please consider joining our musical ministry and "make a joyful noise unto the Lord!"  

If you have questions regarding our music ministry, or would like additional information on joining one of our music groups, we invite you to call;

Rob Hott,  Director of Music at 410-472-3341.

 

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St. Stephen Music Ministry follows the guidelines for Liturgical Music set forth by General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and the American Guild of Organists (AGO).

Music in the Wedding

Your wedding day is, without a doubt, one of the most important and memorable events of your life.  We want to share those moments with you and coordinate with you to make that special day a beautiful liturgical expression of your love for each other and for God.

As soon as you schedule the date, you should contact Robert Hott, the Director of Music Ministry, by e-mail at rhott@aol.com or by calling 410-472-3341, to begin planning the music for the wedding liturgy as soon as possible and to have the wedding entered into his schedule.  Mr. Hott is the organist/musician contracted to play weddings at St. Stephen. Only he may give another person permission to play. Arrangement for soloists or instrumentalists should not be made before speaking with Mr. Hott.

Keeping in mind the sacred nature of the liturgy, some musical selections are not appropriate for use in church. Music should reflect the faith, love and commitment being made on your wedding day.  All musical selections and musicians need to be approved by the Director of Music Ministry prior to the wedding.

There is no substitution for professional, live musicians and to that extent, the Church does not allow pre-recorded music during the Liturgy.

The organist will arrange for a cantor/soloist to lead the sung parts of the liturgy. The acclamations and responses are the most important music in the liturgy and should not be omitted or spoken. Outside soloists must be cantors in a church, are expected to be competent and prepared.  A rehearsal with the soloist is required and an additional fee will be charged.

The Director of Music Ministry will discuss fees for the organist and the cantor/vocal soloist. Fees for musicians are in addition to the fee for the Church and should be paid prior to the wedding date. Please note that the Director of Music Ministry's contract specifies that his fee must be paid (a “bench fee”) even if a couple chooses to use an outside musician or musicians, regardless of instrument.

Music for the Funeral

Music plays an integral part in the liturgy of the Church, and at funerals it allows the community to express convictions and feelings that words alone may fail to convey. It has the power to console and uplift the mourners and to strengthen the unity of the assembly in faith and love.

The Director of Music Ministry, Mr. Rob Hott, and his staff take great care in selecting and presenting music that creates a spirit of hope in Christ's victory over death and in the Christian's share in that victory.

An organist and a cantor (vocal soloist) are normally provided for the Funeral Mass, however, their fees are in addition to the fee for the church. Family members may wish to discuss musical selections for the Funeral Mass with Mr. Hott.

Due to the sacred nature of the liturgy, not all music is appropriate for use at the Funeral Mass. Please contact Mr. Hott at rhott@aol.com or call 410-472-3341 to discuss any needs you have in regards to music.

Pre-recorded music is not allowed during the Liturgy

Please note that the Director of Music Ministry's contract specifies that his fee must be paid (a “bench fee”) even if a family chooses to use an outside musician. However, you are welcome to include other musicians in the Funeral Mass (bagpipers, solo instruments) If you do plan to include other musicians in the Funeral Mass, please discuss this with Mr. Hott prior to the service.   The Director of Music Ministry is responsible for all music at the church.