Rapp, Dr. Stephen

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The Church of the Epiphany, New York City

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Stephen is the Choir Master and Organist at The Church of the Epiphany, New York City where he is also organ consultant for the newly planned 37-voice Bigelow & Co pipe organ to be installed in 2023. He was most recently the Director of Music at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Bronx, New York City and Assistant Organist of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

Stephen Rapp holds a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Yale University School of Music with certificates from the Institute of Sacred Music. He has done further study at the Hochschuler Musik in Cologne, Germany and at the North German Organ Academy.

Stephen has been on panels for the Fulbright Selection Committee in organ and harpsichord, the Cameron Johnson Organ Competition and American Guild of Organists’ competitions, including the recorded round for the 2012 NYACOP. We are pleased that he is one of the judges for the chapter’s M. Louise Miller – Paul E. Knox Scholarship Competition.

Solo appearances this season include Bach harpsichord concertos and Handel organ concertos, as well as continuo performances with the American Classical Orchestra, Early Music New York, Parthenia Viol Consort and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Stephen is also a member of baroque period instrument chamber groups Ensemble BREVE and Uhrovska.

Among his international appearances Stephen has performed as harpsichord and organ soloist at the Chiquitos Early Music Festival in Bolivia. In recent seasons he has played with the Connecticut Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra New England and ARTEK.