Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea

Dear Audience and Friends of The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea.

I hope you are all well and adapting to these astonishing times.

The difference between a good musician and a mediocre one is found in the grace he or she brings to a composition. Every note can be played accurately, but without phrasing or the contrasting of intensities, even the most inspired works can become mundane and infinitely dull. Clearly, the ebb and flow of music is what gives it life, allowing it to awaken and refresh both the listener and the performer.

Musicians, whether they are aware of it or not, balance three factors in the craft: Time, Space and Energy. The equation changes constantly, but the question remains constant: How much Time do I need to cover this amount of Space, and how much Energy must I expend? You can see how a miscalculation in any one of the factors can be the cause of a spoiled performance, and an exhausted musician!

During these challenging times, I pray that we keep the Time-Space-Energy equation in sync with the tasks ahead. Allocate the Time, define the Space, and budget the Energy! When the equation is right, Grace is the outcome.

For thirty-three years, the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea has joined communities in celebration: I thank you for your trust and encouragement. Please be assured the musicians and I look forward to the next time we can once again make music together.


The Reverend Alphonse J. Stephenson

Please join Father Alphonse for a:

"Virtual Christmas Concert 2020"

Featuring Soprano Victoria Cannizzo, Baritone Chris Pinnella, and friends.


Donations can be made to the Cecelia Foundation at:


Or by writing to:

The Cecelia Foundation Inc.

P.O. Box 215 / Bay Head, NJ 08742


Looking forward to making music together again soon!

Upcoming Concerts

La Traviata has been POSTPONED

This production at the Algonquin Arts Theater has been postponed to May 1 & 2, 2021. All tickets will be honored for the new date. In the coming weeks the theater will contact each patron directly with details including options to exchange, receive an account credit, or donate your ticket(s).


Saturday, April 18

- Now 5/1/2021 2:00 pm

Sunday, April 19

- Now 5/2/2021 3:00 pm

Enjoy the Orchestra of St. Peter from Home

So much has happened around the world in the last few weeks. The members of our orchestra have been sheltering in place and working from home and we regret the prolonged absence of our concerts. We are sure that this is in the best interest of both our audience and musicians.

Our musicians would like to share their support with a musical greeting.

Nicholas Martin - Trombone

I Got Rhythm - Gerswhin/Armitage

Jim Robinson - French Horn

Romance Op. 36 - Camille Saint-Saëns

Jim McIlvain - Trumpet

Espana - Allan Vizzutti

Mikhail Kuchuk - Violin, Sue Deksnis - Violin, and Patty Gonsky - Cello

Brindisi from La Traviata

Mardee-Reed Ulmer - Flutist

Here is what I have been up to!

Berceuse from the Dolly Suite

By the French composer Gabriel Fauré.

Mikhail Kuchuk - Violinist

Bach Partita No. 2 Allemande

Patty Gonsky - Cellist

.Sicilienne for cello & piano, Op. 78 - Gabriel Fauré

Kevin Brown - Bassist

Prelude (Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major) - J.S. Bach

Raphael Klayman - Violinist

Meditation from Thais - Jules Massenet

Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea - can be reached at 732-775-0820

Jim McIlvain - jim_mcilvain@yahoo.com.


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Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea - can be reached at 732-775-0820

Jim McIlvain - jim_mcilvain@yahoo.com.


Click to Donate to the Festival of the Atlantic