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Music

Music has always been very important in our church. Worship services are enriched by strong

hymn-singing, beautiful choral anthems and solos, and instrumental pieces played on our

outstanding pipe organ.

Along with classic traditional repertoire, we also include new music from contemporary

Christian writers and artists. So on any given Sunday, one could hear an organ toccata by

Bach, sing Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee as a hymn, hear our Youth Choir offer a Mendelssohn

anthem, the Handbell Choir play Be Thou My Vision, the Adult and Youth Choirs together

singing Rutter’s The Lord is My Shepherd and end the service with the contemporary song,

Shout to the Lord.

One Sunday each year a jazz band leads the worship music. Our approach to worship music is

to include excellent music from all styles, so everyone can be touched and inspired.

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ORGANIST & DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

Peter Niedmann has served as our Organist and Director of Music for over 30 years. An award-

winning organist and composer, Peter conducts the Adult, Youth, and Handbell choirs and

plays organ for all our services.

Click here for his bio

CHOIRS

Adult Choir

Our main choir sings all services from September to June. The choir also performs in

concert, at Christmas and Spring Pops. Other concerts and services are occasionally

presented with various ensembles around the region. An unforgettable performance by

the choir was with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at Talcott Mountain Music Festival

for an audience of 7,000! The choir rehearses Wednesdays from 7:15 – 8:30 pm. New

members are always welcome and encouraged to speak with our music director, Peter

Niedmann, about joining. There is no audition required.

Youth Choir

Our choir of young singers who makes music at the highest level, both

with the adult choir and independently. Affiliated with the Royal School

of Church Music, choristers receive an excellent music education through

singing. They also develop self-esteem, team spirit, discipline, and

service to others. The Youth Choir sings every other Sunday in worship,

as well as concerts with professional orchestra each season. The choir

also combines with other youth choirs in festivals and services. Any child,

grade 2 or higher, may join the choir at any time. The Youth Choir

rehearses Sundays from 11:15 am – 12:00 pm. You are welcome to come

with your child to observe a rehearsal and get a sense of what the choir

does. Please speak with music director, Peter Niedmann, for more

information. There is no audition required.

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Cherub Choir

 

Our Cherub Choir—children in pre-school through 1st grade—sings

several Sundays each year—including once in Advent and Palm

Sunday. Directed by Janet Schneider, the Cherub Choir rehearses a

few weeks prior to each appearance in worship.

Handbell Choir

Our Handbell Choir creates a distinctive sound when it plays.

Handbells are the tiny cousins to large church bells in a tower. The

choir plays once a month in worship and in our concerts. The

Handbell Choir rehearses Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:15 pm. New

members are always welcome. Music-reading ability is helpful.

Please speak with music director, Peter Niedmann for more information.

CONCERT SERIES

Our concert series offers excellent free concerts for our church and the wider community. Artists of national stature are presented in a variety of concerts each season. Some musicians who have performed here: Broadway star Juwan Crawley (Aladdin), English concert organist Peter Hurford, Chorus Angelicus & Paul Halley, United States Coast Guard Band, Singer/songwriter Elisabeth Von Trapp.

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