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.
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.
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.
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.
Handbell Programs 2013-14
New ringers are encouraged to join a group in September or January.
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 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.
THE HANCOCK JUNIOR HANDBELL CHOIR is a beginning group for 3rd graders and up that meets at 9-9:50 am about 2 Sundays a month. Participants will learn elementary concepts of handbell ringing and music reading through games and bell ringing activities. A commitment to be on time and attend a majority of rehearsals, and an ability to focus on an activity for 20 minutes is necessary.
THE MARTING TO GLORY PLUS RINGERS is an inter-generational handbell choir for middle school, high school, and adult ringers of all abilities, playing intermediate level music. 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, and focus on an activity for 50 minutes is necessary.
THE MORNING GLORY RINGERS This fun-loving group of adult ringers of all abilities plays intermediate level music on Friday mornings 9:30-10:45, preparing for occasional church services, community outreach programs, and two holiday concerts. After rehearsal, members may gather for coffee and social time in the bell room.
THE HANCOCK CARILLON is an experienced group of high school, college, and adult ringers playing six octaves of bells and chimes at an advanced level. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 PM. A commitment to attend all rehearsals (or find a substitute) is expected. The group prepares music for monthly church services, concerts, community outreach programs, and bell workshops/festivals. If you are an experienced ringer willing to commit to a busy ringing schedule and think you might like to try ringing in this bronze level group, please contact Marilyn Becker.
Other Music Groups at Hancock include the Hancock Consort and Skyloom Sacred Dance, both of which are run entirely by volunteers from the church.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the SKYLOOM website!