With professional section leaders and some of the community’s best soloists and instrumentalists, the AHCC Music Ministry is capable of extraordinary musical diversity at the highest quality every week, and offers many opportunities for members and friends to express their faith through the creation of music.
The Sanctuary Choir, directed by Jack A. Pott, is composed of musicians who, through their talent and their spirits, provide musical leadership for worship services and community events. In recent years the choir has presented such major works as the Fauré Requiem, Howells Requiem, Duruflé Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers, Vivaldi Gloria, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and Jesu, meine Freude, and the Hartford premiers of René Clausen’s A New Creation and Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater. Additionally, the choir has partnered with area churches and arts organizations to present major works such as Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, the Duruflé Requiem with CONCORA and the New Haven Symphony, and “The Best of the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts” with a full stage band, tap dancer, soloists and singers from three historically black churches in Hartford. The choir has performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra since 2013 as a regular part of the HSO’s Celebrate America summer concert at the Talcott Mountain Music Festival in Simsbury, CT.
The AHCC Sanctuary Choir leads the annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival – a musical and dramatic celebration of Epiphany, and has performed for community events, including The Hartford Prayer Breakfast, “Hartford Cares” Concert, and the Pivotal Hartford Art Exhibit at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center. Partnerships with local congregations have included the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Congregation Beth Israel, Faith Congregational Church, and Immanuel Congregational Church. The choir has also been honored to sing for special events and observances of the State Senate and House of Representatives at the Capitol Building.
The Handbell Choir rings the church’s five-octave set of Malmark handbells (that’s nearly 60 bells!), as well as Malmark Choir Chimes. Directed by Susan Carroll, the ensemble practices weekly and participates in worship about once per month. They are always looking for new members. If interested, please contact Susan Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At AHCC we believe that experiencing the gifts of creativity and creation helps children to build a lifelong appreciation for using music to praise God. AHCC’s children’s music program gives children from preschool through fifth grade opportunities to participate in a variety of musical experiences. All children in grades 3-6 can join the Children’s Spring Musical for an additional music and faith-building experience. Led by Susan Carroll, rehearsals for the musical are on Sundays from 11:30am – 12:30pm in late winter and early spring for a musical to be presented during worship in April or May. The musicals share the great stories of our faith through singing, acting, dancing, and a lot of laughter! Contact Susan Carroll at email@example.com to learn more about the annual production.
To afford more musicians the opportunity to participate as worship leaders, the music ministry offers a series of “drop-in” ensembles with limited rehearsal commitment.
The All-Church Choir is an open-call opportunity for all singers (men, women, and youth) to join the Sanctuary Choir for a “massive” musical experience. The All-Church Choir participates in worship once or twice a season.
The All-Church Orchestra provides instrumentalists with an opportunity to participate in worship a few times a year.
Youth Choir (high school and middle school) is a seasonal choir for young people that prepares music for worship a couple times per year. Rehearsals are held in the weeks leading up to a worship service.
The Women’s Choir and Men’s Choir rehearse and perform for selected services in the fall and spring. One rehearsal (and dinner) is held the Tuesday night prior to the Sunday worship service. The Men’s Choir traditionally sings on Mother’s Day.