Friends of Music

Friends of Music is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019-2020. This group, founded to promote the incredible world-class Beckerath organ, presents organ recitals a few times a year.

Information about the upcoming 2019-2020 season will be coming soon!


About Friends of Music

The St. Stephen’s Friends of Music group is dedicated to sharing the gift of beautiful music with the wider community.  This recital series relies heavily on the generous financial support of its Friends of Music to maintain the series, now in its 49th season.  As you are able, please consider supporting the series as a Friend of Music with a tax deductible donation, entitling you to admission to each recital and acknowledgment in the program.  Donors are listed in the following categories:

PHILANTHROPISTS  $300 or more
BENEFACTORS          $200 to $299
PATRONS                   $100 to $199
SPONSORS                $30 to $99

Make checks payable to Friends of Music at St. Stephen’s and mail to: Friends of Music, St. Stephen’s Church, 119 Main Street, Millburn, NJ 07041. Please print your name as it should appear in the program, and include your postal address as a backup.

Thank you for your support!


About the Beckerath Organ

Designed and built for the interior of St. Stephen’s Church by the celebrated German organ builder Rudolf von Beckerath, the 1970 tracker organ takes its primary inspiration from the golden age of 17th and 18th century North German organ building during the time of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Its full mechanical (tracker) key action is faithful to the earlier organs. Electricity is used only to supply the wind pressure to sound the pipes and to change the combinations of stops.

The St. Stephen’s Beckerath organ has proven a delight to play and a revelation to hear with its wonderful clarity of tone. Designed to be heard in this outstanding example of 19th century Gothic revival church architecture, it has become a major cultural resource, drawing an audience from throughout the tri-state area and concert organists from across America and Europe. 

“The classic organ or the baroque organ is no longer possible except through an imitative resturn to the past. But our time is neither classic nor baroque. The vitality of a ndern instrument demands instead the translation of the spirit of past greatness into contemporary forms.” – Rudolf von Beckerath

The St. Stephen’s Beckerath Organ will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2019-2020 season.


FRIENDS OF MUSIC BECKERATH ORGAN RECITAL Featuring Concert Organist, Robert McCormick; Sunday, February 10, 2019, 4:00 PM

About the Artist

Robert McCormick is Organist and Choirmaster of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. This follows eight years as Director of Music at St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington, D.C. and seven years as Organist and Music Director at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York.  Mr. McCormick is widely heralded by his colleagues as one of the finest concert organists of this era. “McCormick proved to be a top notch technician, able to convey power or sensitivity as warranted.” – The Macon Telegraph (Georgia) Described by Choir & Organ as “indomitable and immensely gifted” and by The Macon Telegraph as “an artist of rare sensitivity and passion.”

Known for his creative and unique abilities in organ improvisation, Mr. McCormick was named a semi-finalist in the 2005 St. Albans International Organ Festival Improvisation Competition.  His recital at St. Stephen’s Church will culminate in an improvisation, something which is rarely heard in classical recital programs these days. This is an exceptional opportunity to hear an original piece of music created on the spot that will exist only for those minutes and never be repeated in precisely the same way; truly of the moment.

Recital attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artist at a reception following this special performance.  No tickets are required.  A suggested $10 donation can be made at the door.  Children accompanied by an adult are welcome.  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is located at 119 Main Street, Millburn, NJ 07041.  For more information, visit ststephensmillburn.org or call 973-376-0688.