Music

The music ministry of the congregation is a vibrant part of our life together. A list of all of the music programs for children and adults can be found under the Music menu.  With the variety of choirs and fabulous instruments the worship life of the congregation is rich and full. Choirs and ensembles are featured at most every liturgy.

We have two very talented people leading our music programs.  They are:  Victor Fields and Emily Reep.

Children’s Choir and Handbell Choir Director Emily Reep

REEP, STANLEY; (Staff)37 Mrs. Reep is a 1990 graduate of West Chester University in West Chester, PA with a B.S. degree in music education. Emily has also completed Level 1 Orff certification, as well as four levels of Kodaly certification. She specializes in incorporating Kodaly and Orff techniques in choral and instrumental teaching. She has served as elementary band director and general music teacher in the school districts of Midd-West (Middleburg, PA), Selinsgrove (Selinsgrove, PA), and Susquehanna Township (Harrisburg, PA). She is currently the elementary band director at Friendship Elementary School in Southern York County School District. Mrs. Reep also serves on the board of the Kodaly Educators of Eastern PA (KEEP), which is a chapter of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE). She has been instrumental in encouraging students from St. Paul’s to audition for and sing as members of the OAKE National Youth and Women’s choirs.

In addition to teaching, Emily has enjoyed performing with various instrumental ensembles and singing with groups such as the Susquehanna Valley Chorale (Lewisburg, PA) and the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA).

 

 

Chancel Choir and Organist – Victor Fields   FIELDS, Victor

Victor Fields is a versatile Organist, Pianist, Choral Conductor, Accompanist and Music Educator.  He is currently Organist and Choir Director at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in York, PA.  In addition, He is Organist and Pianist at Temple Beth Israel in York. He is an Adjunct Music Faculty member at York College of PA where he teaches piano and is an accompanist in the Music Division and in the YCPrep Community Music School.  He is the Associate Conductor and Staff Accompanist with the Harrisburg Choral Society.  He is serving his fourth consecutive term as Dean of the York Chapter, American Guild Organists and is President of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, York Chapter.

Victor earned his undergraduate and graduate music degrees from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, The Peabody Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.  He was the recipient of two full-tuition scholarships from the University of Cincinnati as well as receiving the John Strader organ prize.  He was a scholarship recipient from the Peabody Conservatory of Music as well as receiving the Frank Hines memorial organ prize. Fields was twice awarded the Cassel organ scholarship from the Harrisburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and later served as an adjudicator.  In 1983, he won the Baltimore Chapter AGO Organ Competition and was a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Region National Organ Playing Competition.

His engagements include organ recitals at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, Washington National Cathedral. New York’s St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, Washington D.C.’s, Church of the Presidents and multiple recitals at Longwood Gardens, Bruton Parish Church Colonial Williamsburg, York County Heritage Trust and St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Hanover, PA.  Additional performances include Old Salem Visitors Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the Allen Organ Company International Headquarters, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego and the Chautauqua Series in Mt. Gretna.

He was a featured organ soloist with the York Symphony Orchestra and has been accompanist with choirs in England, France, Spain, Hungary and Yugoslavia. He has performed with the Cincinnati International Festival Chorus, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Chamber Singers, the Williamsport Civic Chorus and the York Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.  He was formerly the Associate Conductor for the York Oratorio Society and the Artistic Director with the York Symphony Chamber Singers.

 

 

 

 

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; breath forth into joyous song and sing praises.”                                           Psalm 98:4