Music

In this time of uncertainty, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many changes upon us all.  The many fears associated with the Coronavirus has virtually halted singing to a very minimal level.  Because of the safety concerns regarding group vocal singing, choirs of every type have had to silence their songs temporarily.

This Fall, our worship and music ministry will evolve out of this need to make music in a safe environment while maintaining physical distancing and all the necessary precautions to allow us to worship safely.  St. Paul’s is working to continue the outstanding music ministry with the many talented people who help to keep music alive.

The Music Ministry rehearsals will start in September and meet in the new music room which is now located on the main floor on the North side of the building.  Our space provides us the space and flexibility to rehearse the singing choirs and the instrumental handbell choirs.  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 normally featured at most every liturgy.

The talented Victor Fields will be leading our music programs in the Fall and he is looking forward to working to continue the outstanding music ministry at St. Paul’s with the help of the many talented people who help to keep music alive.

St. Paul’s Music Director  – Victor Fields   FIELDS, Victor

Victor Fields is a versatile Organist, Pianist, Choral Conductor, Accompanist and Music Educator.  He is currently Organist and Music 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; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.”                                           Psalm 98:4