Music and Arts are dynamic pieces of worship and life at Hancock Church. Many different groups thrive in our congregation, and each of these groups gives voice to a beautiful and valued perspective in the kaleidoscope of worship here.
Hancock is especially blessed with a robust and lively handbell program under the direction of two experienced and committed leaders: Marilyn Becker is the Associate Director of Music, and Cheryl Kraley is the volunteer leader of several of Hancock’s bell groups. Those interested in joining any of Hancock’s bell groups are encouraged to join in either January or September. Contact Marilyn (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information, and look out for special introductory bell events in September when seasoned ringers make themselves available to share information about the programs.
Opportunities for Children and Teens…
The Hancock Choristers is open to all kids in grade 1 through 7. In addition to leading us in worship, the kids will learn basic music skills, singing skills, and will also learn about the music of the church. A fun, challenging, and fast paced experience. The Choristers rehearse at 11:15 following Sunday morning worship in room 212 in preparation for special seasonal worship services including Christmas and Easter. Check the calendar for Chorister rehearsals during Advent and Lent!
The Hancock Junior Handbell Ringers is a beginning choir for 2nd graders that read music and all 3rd- 5th graders that meets at 9-9:50 am about 2 Sundays a month. Participants will learn elementary concepts of handbell ringing and reading music through games and bell ringing activities. A commitment to be on time and attend a majority of rehearsals is necessary.
The High School Ensemble. This year the high school and middle school choirs will join forces on Sunday mornings before church. Our experienced high school ringers will get a chance to use their advanced bell and leadership skills in this new expanded group. We are recruiting new high school ringers to join us in the “Marting to Glory Plus”. If you like to play music, but hate to practice at home, bells are the instrument for you!
The Marting to Glory Plus is an intergenerational, mixed abilities handbell choir for middle school, high school, and adult ringers. Everyone will be challenged to their own ability, working as a team to create beautiful music for church services, concerts, and festivals. Rehearsals are 9-9:50 am about 2 Sundays a month. A commitment to be on time and attend a majority of rehearsals is necessary. Come and experience making music as a team sport!
Opportunities for High School Singers and Instrumentalists
Singers: High school singers can sing in small ensembles, with our Chancel Choir, or with The River Rock Band for our Sunday evening services.
Instrumentalists: Instrumentalists can play with The River Rock Band on Sunday Evenings, advanced instrumentalists can play with our cantata orchestras, and there are always opportunities for solos and small ensembles for Sunday morning worship. Contact Mark Morgan for more information: 781-862-4220 ext.212 or email@example.com.
Opportunities for Adults…
The Chancel Choir at Hancock is the primary ensemble of the church, and provides music weekly for Sunday morning services. Rooted in the western classical sacred tradition, the choir performs a wide range of music to enliven our worship, including two major works per year with orchestra or instrumental ensemble. Under the direction of Music Director Mark Morgan, recent major works have included Haydn’s The Creation, Finzi’s Magnificat, Brahms’ Requiem, and Libby Larson’s Ringeltanze. Beginners and advance singers alike are welcome to join—no audition required! Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:30pm in the Choir Room.
A Joyful Noyse: Hancock Church’s resident early music ensemble, dedicated to the research and performance of 16th through 18th century liturgical music. Past performances have included Buxtehude’s Passion cycle Membra Jesu Nostri, Charpentier’s Messe di Minuit and a joint concert with Tufts University Chamber Singers which featured Schutz’s Christmas Story.
The Twelve Bell Ringers is a beginner group for those who would like to try ringing bells in a non-threatening environment. If you can tell your right from your left, count to four, and laugh, you can ring bells! No experience or commitment necessary. If you read music or played an instrument years ago, you’ll be ahead of the game! We have time set aside on Friday mornings 9:30-10:45 and Tuesday evenings 7-8:15. If you are interested, call or e-mail to sign up for a 5 week trial group.
The Morning Glory Ringers: This fun-loving group of adults ring intermediate level music on Friday mornings 9:30-10:45, preparing for occasional church services, community outreach programs, and the holiday concert. After rehearsal, members may gather for coffee and social time in the bell room. This group can be a steppingstone to the Hancock Carillon.
Hancock Carillon: Members of this most advanced group of Hancock’s several handbell choirs have traveled to workshops and festivals in the US, England, Korea, and Australia. Hancock’s bell choirs have performed with the Lexington Sinfonetta, Revels, the Perkins School Handbell Festival, at the National Heritage Museum, Lexington Historical Society events, and more. For more information about the bells programs at Hancock, see our About Bells page.
River Rock Band: We like to incorporate many different instruments into our worship. From advanced youth players to adult amateurs and professionals, we can tailor our material to your level to allow you to share your gifts. If you play brass, woodwinds, strings, guitar, or world music instruments, we want to know you’re out there! River Rock Band: Plays for our Sunday evening service The Well. We are seeking bass and keyboard players for regular membership, and players of all instruments for occasional appearances. Rehearsals: Sunday evenings at 5:00. Service at 6:15.
Hancock’s Consort is an ensemble whose repertory focuses on music of, or in the tradition of, the Renaissance. Members often bring music to share from their private libraries or other groups. Past incarnations of Consort have used guitars, harpsichord, percussion, lutes, and crumhorns; today’s group includes recorders and stringed instruments. The music this group produces tends to be light, lively, and uplifting. This group welcomes new members of all skill levels and has been active since the 1980′s. Current members say: “Through our common love of music, we find this year-round experience good for our minds and for our souls.” They rehearse on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 in the Kathie Stuart room. For more information, contact Sybille Volz: 781 861 8849 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Opportunities in the Arts…
SKYLOOM brings sacred dance to religious worship. We are reclaiming the tradition of dance which has been part of every religion. SKYLOOM is an interfaith and inter-generational dance group from the Greater Boston Area whose members help others enjoy dance and music in different contexts. The dancers weave their own choreographies drawing on Biblical mystical traditions, Native American spirituality, sacred circle dances, Shaker dances, and social concerns from around the world. The SKYLOOM sacred dance group was formed at Hancock in 1981 to encourage dance in worship services and religious education. The group has led workshops and shared their dances throughout New England and nationally. SKYLOOM participates annually in the International Sacred Dance Guild Festivals. SKYLOOM welcomes people of all ages and faiths. The group takes its name from a prayer of the Tewa Pueblo people, The Song of the Skyloom. They rehearse on Mondays at 1:30 in the Kathie Stuart Room. For more information contact Sybille Volz: 781 861 8849 or email@example.com. You can also visit the SKYLOOM website!
The Corridor Gallery at Hancock, located upstairs between Clark Hall and the Kathie Stuart Room, features rotating exhibitions of artwork and photography curated by Hancock photo-documentarian Paul Topalian.