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Stefanie Watson has served as Emanuel’s director of music since September 2011, after beginning in 2009 as choir rehearsal pianist, then serving as choir director the following year. In addition to playing for weekly services, she directs the Emanuel Ringers (handbell choir), the adult choir, and leads music for the Sunday School. Since moving to New Jersey from her home state of Maryland in 2006, Stefanie has served as a substitute organist/pianist at a variety of churches throughout Central NJ. She has long been involved in the music at her home church, All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Sunderland, MD, and for two years was organist at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Hampstead, MD.

A graduate of Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, Stefanie holds a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano, during which she studied with Barbara González-Palmer. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she also was a Spanish minor.

 When she is not making music in some capacity at Emanuel, Stefanie teaches piano privately in New Brunswick/Highland Park and as a staff pianist at The College of New Jersey. She is also a sought-after choral pianist, and has had the honor of performing at the Mid-Atlantic American Choral Directors’ Association Conference, among other select invitational performances. In addition to her choral activities, Stefanie is an active vocal and instrumental collaborator, performing recitals in New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York. She has had several opportunities to perform in Austria as staff pianist (and as a singer!) with Lied Austria International, a month-long summer program dedicated to the study of German poetry and art song. She is also a founding member of the Baltimore-based chamber ensemble, The Edwin Trio.

As a church musician, Stefanie is committed to finding ways to make the music within a service relevant to our 21st-century lives, whether it be drawn from Bach, the Beatles, Harry Belafonte, or any artist before, in between, or since. For more information about how this comes into play at Emanuel, please visit us on a Sunday or contact Stefanie by sending an email to Emanuel at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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