The organ was originally built by the Austin Company in 1963 (Opus 2419).  It was designed for accompaniment purposes and voiced on the mild side.  The 1960s reflected a tonal era in organ history that was intentionally meant to "lean out" any fat sound in an instrument.  This included pedal.  The organ had 14 ranks of pipes and because it was both a performance and teaching instrument, these were spread over 3 manuals.  Perhaps its most unique feature was that the entire instrument was on casters, and except for the console, it was entirely self-contained. 

In those days, a relatively young, John Holtz was the head of the Hartt School Organ Department.  A new builder (and friend of Holtz's) was one, G. Edgar Gress (Gress-Miles Organ Co., Princeton, NJ).  Gress' tonal thinking was, in a nutshell, loud!  In about 1963, he was hired by Hartt to revoice Opus 2419 to make it much bolder and loud enough to be used in solo performance (something for which Austin had never intended).  Gress significantly loudened all the stops of the Great and Positiv.   Just a few years ago, the church enlisted help to tame and soften some of the instruments stops.  This made a nice difference.

In 1982, Holtz, decided to upgrade the Hartt School’s and Opus 2419 was available for purchase and relocation.  Rev. Don Miller was contacted, and along with a committee immediately went, looked at, and acquired the instrument ahead of a fast-growing number of interested buyers. 

When the church was totally rebuilt in 1976, pipe organ chamber space was created in the form of two shallow, long chambers.  We were able to modify the organ's layout to nicely fit the space and the organ installation came out quite well.  There was a dedication service for the organ on November 18, 1984.  The recent sanctuary enlargement created two ideal chambers into which the Austin was moved. 

The organ was originally built by the Austin Company in 1963 (Opus 2419).  It was designed for accompaniment purposes and voiced on the mild side.  The 1960s reflected a tonal era in organ history that was intentionally meant to "lean out" any fat sound in an instrument.  This included pedal.  The organ had 14 ranks of pipes and because it was both a performance and teaching instrument, these were spread over 3 manuals.  Perhaps its most unique feature was that the entire instrument was on casters, and except for the console, it was entirely self-contained. 

In those days, a relatively young, John Holtz was the head of the Hartt School Organ Department.  A new builder (and friend of Holtz's) was one, G. Edgar Gress (Gress-Miles Organ Co., Princeton, NJ).  Gress' tonal thinking was, in a nutshell, loud!  In about 1963, he was hired by Hartt to revoice Opus 2419 to make it much bolder and loud enough to be used in solo performance (something for which Austin had never intended).  Gress significantly loudened all the stops of the Great and Positiv.   Just a few years ago, the church enlisted help to tame and soften some of the instruments stops.  This made a nice difference.

In 1982, Holtz, decided to upgrade the Hartt School’s and Opus 2419 was available for purchase and relocation.  Rev. Don Miller was contacted, and along with a committee immediately went, looked at, and acquired the instrument ahead of a fast-growing number of interested buyers. 

When the church was totally rebuilt in 1976, pipe organ chamber space was created in the form of two shallow, long chambers.  We were able to modify the organ's layout to nicely fit the space and the organ installation came out quite well.  There was a dedication service for the organ on November 18, 1984.  The recent sanctuary enlargement created two ideal chambers into which the Austin was moved. 

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Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is the adult choral ensemble of the church.  The choir sings at the 10:00 am service on Sundays, and rehearses every Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:30 pm, September to June.  They also sing on Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and both Sunday services on Thanksgiving Sunday, Christmas Sunday, Jazz Sunday, Palm Sunday and Easter.  Soloists from the ranks of the choir offer their individual gifts of special music at the 8:30 am service.  

The repertoire of the choir includes varied music of all styles and time periods, including spirituals, contemporary and traditional music.  Fundamentals of good vocal production and choral singing are taught and reinforced in rehearsal.  The choir enjoys a spirit-led and spirit-filled atmosphere of good humor and mutual encouragement in the continuing pursuit of musical excellence, all focused on leading the congregation in worship and praise. The choir is open to all men and women, 17 and older; no audition is required.  Please contact Minister of Music Allan Conway for more information.

 

Joyful Voices Choir

The Joyful Voices, a Worship and Praise Choir, is a gathering of singers from Grades 5 through Grade 12. The JVs sing about once a month for a service of worship and rehearse at 9:30 AM every Sunday in the Miller Room. We tell the story of the Good News through our music and welcome all who have a love of singing to join us. This is a wonderful way for young people to get involved in the life of the church while offering their talents through their singing.  For more information contact Kathy Nivison, 860 875-1583 or e-mail.  Better yet, join us at a rehearsal! Come; let us make a joyful noise – together.
 

Children's Choir

There is nothing sweeter than the sound of little voices singing about Jesus!  Our Children's Choir welcomes new children at any time, age 4 through 4th grade.  We meet every Sunday at 9:30 in the Christian Education building for a 20-25 minute rehearsal, and we sing during the worship service a few times during the year. During our rehearsals, we have lots of fun singing praise and short gospel songs for children that are easy to learn and remember. When the Children’s Choir sings in church they bring a smile to everyone in the congregation!  For more information contact the church office or  (860) 875-4160.