“I am convinced that music really is the universal language of beauty which can bring together all people of good will on earth.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
Music is a vital part of our liturgical tradition. Encouraging others to make music and providing beautiful meditation hymns is an essential part of our weekly prayer. At Immaculate Heart of Mary Church we believe that all instruments and all people, regardless of musical background, may blend together to glorify God in song.
Steven Vaughan, the Director of Music Ministry, is one of the very few musicians who have been hired to perform as both a vocalist and an instrumentalist at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He has sung with the National Chorale for 19 years, and recently made his debut as a pianist accompanying the Professional Performing Arts High School Choir. He began playing Mass in Rockford, Illinois when he was only 14 years old. After receiving a bachelor’s degree of music from Loyola University New Orleans, (the only Jesuit College of Music in the United States) he earned a master’s degree from Tulane University. In addition to Lincoln Center, he’s performed in numerous concert halls and churches, including Carnegie Hall; Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. He was a soloist this past year for the Brooklyn Diaconate Choir’s performance of Handel’s Messiah, and the Brooklyn Philharmonia’s performance of Bach’s Magnificat. He currently serves on Brooklyn’s Diocesan Music Commission, and the Piano Steering Committee of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. His most recent recording, Enchanted Saint-Saëns, may be purchased at CDBaby.com or heard on Spotify.
Explore these pages to learn more about what we do and how you can participate. And if you don’t sing or play an instrument, listening is participating too! So we’ve included a calendar where music will be performed, from masses here at IHM to concerts in the neighborhood