Choral Eucharist and Choral Evensong

Choral Eucharist with Bishop Sean
Sunday, October 29, 9:30 a.m.
(Combined service. Prelude begins at 9:15 a.m.)

For the official celebration of our parish’s 200th anniversary, we will be joined by the Right Rev. Sean Rowe, Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem, as celebrant and preacher for a special Holy Eucharist. Special music by St. Stephen’s choir will be directed and accompanied by Canon Mark Laubach. The service will be followed by a catered brunch for parishioners.

Choral Evensong with Newly-Commissioned Canticles
5:00 p.m. (Prelude begins at 4:45 p.m.)
a continuation of the morning’s celebration of our parish’s 200th anniversary, a special Choral Evensong will be sung by the Choirs of St. Stephen’s and the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, led by Canon Mark Laubach and Stephen Williams. New Compositions of the Evening Canticles (Magnificat and Nunc dimittis) will be premiered.
The Canticles were commissioned through the generosity of parishioner Charles Ingram, as a permanent commemoration of this major milestone in the life of St. Stephen’s. We are excited that Robert Nicholls, the composer of the new works, will be with us for the premier and will direct the combined choirs.
Robert Nicholls is long-time friend to many at St. Stephen’s, who have come to know him through his affiliation over the years with the RSCMA King’s College Course. Robert describes himself as “a father, husband, musician, organist, improviser, choir master, and composer.” He began singing as a boy chorister at Westminster Abbey in London. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from Cambridge University (Gonville and Caius College, followed by St. John’s College). After graduation, Robert accepted a position as director of music and organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Evansville, IN, where he directs a comprehensive Choir School program grounded in the RSCMA tradition. He also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer in Organ at the Indiana University School of Music.
Robert is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), and in 2012 he won first prize in the AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation. We are very blessed to receive these new works from a composer who is increasingly in demand.

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