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Dr. Stanley P. Engebretson

Since 1991, Dr. Stan Engebreton has served as the Minister of Music at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. He is the Director of the Church Choir, the Organist, and the supervisor of the Choral Scholar program and the Youth Choir.

Dr. Stan is also a Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at George Mason University.  He came to George Mason in 1990 as the Director of Choral Studies, teaching conducting and directing the University Symphonic Chorus, University Singers, and three Vocal Jazz Ensembles.  Prior to coming East, Engebretson taught at the University of Minnesota and served as the Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Chorale from 1985-90.   From 1979-1985, he was at the University of Texas Permian Basin and conducted the Midland-Odessa Symphony Chorale. Engebretson holds performance degrees in Voice and Piano from the University of North Dakota, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Stanford University.  In addition, he has received several research awards and grants for advanced study in Aspen, San Francisco, New York, and Europe with internationally acclaimed conductors including Gregg Smith, Margaret Hillis, Roger Wagner, Eric Ericson, and Robert Shaw.

In Washington, DC, in addition to his work at NYAPC, in 1993 he became the Artistic Director of the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra which is now the National Philharmonic appearing at the Music Center at Strathmore.  For nine years he appeared as lecturer and professional singer at California’s Carmel Bach Festival, and he continues to lecture for the Smithsonian Institution and the Fulbright Foundation as a Senior Specialist.  Engebretson’s wide appearances as a conductor and clinician include workshops and concerts throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Cuba, Russia, Lithuania, Iceland, Australia and South Korea.

To contact Stan, email him at  Please contact him about any inquiries about the music ministry at NYAPC.  He is primarily at the church on Sundays and Thursday evenings for choir rehearsal.