Greetings from the Director of Music!
We are excited to welcome Mitchell Crawford as St. Stephen Presbyterian Church’s Organist and Director of Music Ministries, starting today! Mitchell begins his tenure with a return to one of St. Stephen’s great traditions, a rousing Independence Day worship service. Join us after both services to welcome Mitchell during a special after-worship fellowship time prepared by the Personnel Committee.
Mitchell, a native of Virginia, has his BA from The Juilliard School in Organ Performance and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was awarded a teaching fellowship. He comes to us from his position as Organist and Associate Director of Music for The Woodlands United Methodist Church, an 11,000-member congregation located in suburban Houston, Texas, which offers eight live worship services each week in three unique worship style.
At St. Stephen, Mitchell will serve as organist and director of all our choirs, oversee the total music program of the church, and supervise the St. Stephen Special Music Series, which offers eclectic music events to our larger community.
Some fun facts about Mitchell, from his own hand:
“My dog Dale is named for the “rescue ranger.” His brother (Chip) was adopted by a family in Kingwood. Scout, my cat, is named for the character in To Kill A Mockingbird. I anthropomor-phize them to an alarming degree. Currently listening to a lot of music from the late 70s – disco, funk, rock – as part of a broader exploration of the art and popular culture of the period. I also have a (guilty?) fondness for 80s music (Duran Duran is a favorite). I love our nation, its history, and closely follow politics. My favorite holiday is the 4th of July. Also a proud southerner, from the cradle of the south (VA). I prefer warm climates.”