Stella Hastings has been a participating in church music since early childhood. Throughout her childhood and youth, she participated and served as a leader in church choirs. Her career in church music began as a college student, where she received a scholarship through her campus Presbyterian church to be a soloist and section leader. That position quickly evolved to serving as the music minister’s assistant, leading a liturgical dance troupe, as well as working with the youth and children of the parish.
During her graduate studies in Texas, Stella was named assistant music director to a large program at Covenant Presbyterian in Austin, where she eventually was named Interim Music Minister, a position which she held for a year. Moving to PIttsburg with her husband, Todd, in 1996, she became a soloist and section leader here at The Presbyterian Church, serving as a regular substitute for Dr. Marshall Turley during his tenure as Choir Director.
Mrs. Hastings is currently Professor of Music at Pittsburg State University, teaching applied voice and voice-related classes. She is also a founding member of the Grammy-winning choral ensemble, Conspirare. She has sung locally with a variety of church groups, both as soloist and choir member. She is thrilled to return to liturgical leadership and looks forward to working with the chancel choir, making music together to enhance the spiritual experience of services and community events.
Parrott Music Scholarship
A scholarship program funded by the Parrott family and Bitner family is available at The Presbyterian Church for students involved in the Pittsburg State University Music Department.
The purpose of the Parrott and Bitner Foundation Scholarship is to assist students in music education at Pittsburg State University through involvement of the Presbyterian Church music program. Over the years many talented college students have participated in the church choir while being assisted with a music scholarship. Recipients are recommended by the Department of Music at Pittsburg State University. Financial need or grade point average is not a determining factor.
Interested students can Contact The Presbyterian Church Director of Music, Susan Laushman.
McNay Music Scholarship
A Memorial Scholarship in honor of Roberta McNay is offered at Pitt Pres to assist a Pittsburg State University student interested in being involved in the music program. Recipients are determined by the Choir Master, Susan Laushman.
The Presbyterian Church offers a bell choir under the direction of Terry Cox and Cooper Neil. The ensemble rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm and performs monthly in worship. Music reading skills are encouraged for the success of the individual player.
Pitt Pres Ringers participates in area festivals throughout the year. Community involvement and outreach from this group provides exposure to this art form.
The bell choir is in the process of raising money for an additional octave of bells. For more information please contact Terry Cox or Cooper Neil.