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Music Ministries

 

 Dianne Rechel, Director of Music Ministries

Welcome to our Music Ministries page!  Many musical opportunities await you here at Avon Congregational Church. We have opportunities for you to play an instrument, sing with us, participate in our bell choir and are open to your suggestions!

We nurture through worship. Every Sunday the choir and organist offer their gifts of music  to enhance our worship. This area of our ministry works together with the minister and worship team to develop  the theme for each Sunday. What a joy it is to all raise our voices together!

We choose musical selections appropriate to the vocal ranges in our choir. We learn vocal techniques and also improve our note-reading skills. We sing music from around the world and in languages different from our own. Our rehearsals tend to delve into what is behind the written words in our songs. Once a message has been learned and sung, it tends to become part of our being. Our choir works hard to enhance the  worship service.  Please consider trying us out.  You do not have to be a church member to join our choir.We are a lively, friendly group and we do share a lot of laughs!  Please contact Dianne for further information at musicdirector@avon-church.org

We do outreach to the community. We host a concert series called "Music on the Corner."  Coming to our concerts is a wonderful  opportunity to experience great music in the splendid acoustics of our Sanctuary.  The beauty of the liturgy, raising our voices in song, experiencing the magic of Christmas Eve and the splendor of Easter are memorable and  soul- stirring experiences for us all!  We also do workshops on how to improve your music reading skills.. They are free and open to the public. 

We have a beautiful bell choir. We feature them in worship several times each year.The players rehearse weekly and enrich our shared worship experience with their  heavenly tones .  Celebration Ringers is a long-established handbell choir at Avon Congregational Church.  It is comprised of youth and adults ranging in age from 8-80! You don’t need to be a member of ACC to join in.

Sanctuary Choir



     Our Jubilant Choir

Being part of a church, and especially its choir, is a great way to deal with the feeling of isolation that haunts many of us from time to time.. Raising your voice in song together with others creates a bond like no other. Church provides community. We as a choir are not just a part of the community, we  create community. That is our fundamental outreach: helping people find grace and acceptance. Many are able to find a greater sense of connection to the world because of joining together with us in song.




Our Five-octave Malmark bells

Our Instruments

We are blessed with a beautiful Austin Pipe Organ and three pianos- a beautiful Baldwin grand and two uprights. We also have a drum set and many other percussion instruments. Sometimes the whole congregation joins in and experiences the joy of music making!

Celebration Ringers is a long-established handbell choir at Avon Congregational Church.  It is comprised of youth and adults ranging in age from 8-80! You don’t need to be a member of ACC to join in.

 

This “instrument” we call bells is really singular, although its name implies plural. It is considered one instrument, just like a keyboard. We own five octaves of Malmark handbells and 3 octaves of Malmark choir chimes.  Use of octaves depends on the number of ringers at hand (excuse the pun). There is music written for full choir (2-5 octaves), solo, duet and smaller ensembles. On occasion we accompany our vocal choir.

 

Celebration Ringers rehearses on most Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm (sometimes longer) and typically play in the service once a month during the academic year (Sept-May/June).  If you have interest in learning more or wish to give ringing a try, please contact our director, Leslie Kohnke leslie@sunsetbeachdesigns.com





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