Benjamin A. Stone joined the staff of First United Methodist Church as Organist in 2015 and was appointed Director of Music in 2018. He holds the degrees Master of Sacred Music and Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Organ Performance and Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and is currently a candidate for the degree Doctor of Musical Arts there. In addition to his ministry at First, Ben serves on the faculties of St. Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches courses in Music History, Musicianship, and Organ.
He also teaches in the Organist Training Program of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, cultivating the next generation of musicians in service to the Church. As the leader of First UMC’s music ministry, Ben sees the continued cultivation of a vibrant, diverse, and exceptional music program as an integral part of the church’s service to its congregation and the community of South Bend. The Sanctuary Choir and Handbell Choir are always looking for new members. If you are interested in getting involved with either group don’t hesitate to contact Ben for more information. We would love to have you!