Music

Music Ministries

Worship is all about drawing near to God. When we make music, we create an attitude of anticipation; we invite people to step into the presence of unconditional love and acceptance for all. At CPC, our music program is geared to enabling all of us to give our best as we praise God. We enjoy a variety of musical styles, from the great hymns and classics to contemporary Christian sounds.

 

There are choirs for adults and handbells, music-making for grade school and middle school kids, and plenty of opportunities for instrumentalists of all kinds to participate in worship. Do you like to sing? play an instrument? have fun? rejoice in God’s grace? Then you’ll fit right in at CPC. Join us in praise and worship of our great God.

Quick links

Be Part of Our Virtual Choirs 🎵🎶

 

WE'RE RESTARTING OUR CHOIRS!

Both Clarion Handbells and the Chancel Choir.

This is your opportunity to try out singing with us without any commitment.

“But I don’t sing,” you say?

 

If you enjoy singing hymns on Sunday morning and you have a smartphone or a computer, then you can give it a try.

 

We don’t need video, just your voice.

Email Gregg Sewell to find out more.  Hope to see you “there!”

See below for the chancel Choir Advent presentation  "The Yearning"

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The Pandemic Calls for Closed Hymnals

Some things must change as we live and worship in the months of a global pandemic. One of them is our deliberate choice to refrain from communal singing when we are gathered in the sanctuary.

 

We now have one voice, a cantor, who sings the hymns on behalf of all. The rest of us present in the sanctuary, stand and sing them only in our hearts.

Click here to read an excellent article from The Christian Century on why our hymnals are closed.

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Make Livestream Worship Music Extra Special! 🎵🎶

Worship via livestream just isn’t the same as being in our sanctuary, but it does make it possible to invite guest musicians not usually available.

Do you know someone (a friend or relative) who might be willing to provide special music, even though they may live out of town? Now we don’t have to wait for them to be home for Christmas or Easter. They can share in worship via their computer!

First, ask anyone you think might sing or play for us for permission, then send their name and email address to Gregg Sewell at gregg.sewell@chcpc.org.

CPC Virtual Choirs present:

"The Yearning" CPC Chancel Chior

Music by Craig Courtney, words by Susan Bentall Boersma, and edited and mixed by Gregg Sewell (12/13/20)

"Jeses the Very Though of Thee" CPC Bell Choir

Arranged, edited and mixed by Gregg Sewell (2/28/21)

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Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir leads worship at CPC on most Sunday mornings from September through early June. A mixed-voice choir of adults of all ages, the Chancel Choir presents music in a wide variety of styles, composed by masters such as J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel up through contemporaries such as Lloyd Larsen and Amy Grant, both accompanied and a cappella. Twice each year (typically during Advent and Lent) major choral works are presented during worship.  Rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Choir Room (Room 1 on the lower level).

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Clarion Bells

The Clarion Bells present music for Sunday morning worship every four to six weeks. The group plays alone and at times accompanies the Chancel Choir. The ensemble plays two types of bells: a 4-octave set of Malmark English handbells and a 3-octave set of Malmark choir chimes. This ensemble is open to adults and youth, and  rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room (Room 1 on the lower level). Prior bell-ringing experience is not required for participation in the Clarion Bells; however, the ability to read music is necessary.

 

CPC Kids Music

CPC Kids Music is back and preparing some wonderful music for Worship!

Peter Bromann is back at CPC and he is excited to lead some live music sessions to prepare a special worship offering for upcoming worship services.

All are welcome!

See CPC Kids Music for details and current dates

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ASPIRE and ENDEAVOR MUSIC (on hiatus due to Covid-19)

 

The most fun day of the week, with the screams, laughter and singing heard all over the church.  At ASPIRE and ENDEAVOR each person is treated as a child of God.  Our mid-week Christian fellowship opportunity for second through eighth-graders is held on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:45 p.m., October through March. The ASPIRE and ENDEAVOR Choir sings for worship on Sunday several times per year.

For more information on ASPIRE >

For more information on ENDEAVOR >
 

For more information and a schedule of when the children are singing in worship, contact Lisa Henderson, Director of Children and Family Ministries at lisa.henderson@chpc.org.

 

CPC 2020-21 Concert Series...

... is finished for the year. Check back for the 2021-22 season offerings, or join the mailing list to be the first to hear of upcoming events.

April 11, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

CPC Concert Series presents:

"Chicago Strings"

featuring members of the 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

and Lyric Opera

playing the music of 

Schubert, Boccherini and Beethoven

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Concert is free; a free will offering will be received 

Click HERE to make an online donation in support of the CPC Concert Series

At age 27, John Sharp became one of the youngest principal players in the history of the CSO. A top prizewinner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he has appeared many times as soloist with the CSO under several conductors. An active chamber musician, he has performed with Mitsuko Uchida, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax and Christoph Eschenbach.

 

Violinist Liba Shacht was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, but grew up in Israel. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from Juilliard School in New York. She is the winner of several competitions, among them the Artist International Distinguished Artists Award, which led to her first appearance at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. She is an avid performer of chamber music and has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival.

 

Prior to joining the CSO in 2012, violist Weijing Wang served as acting associate principal in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2009-12. A native of Shanghai, China, she has received numerous awards from competitions including the Robertson Award in the Primrose International Viola Competition. She is an active and passionate chamber musician and has performed as a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Youth Symphony, and the Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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February 14, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Heart Strings

featuring Gail Gillispie, lutenist


Music from “Marsh Lute Book” plus Gail’s arrangements of Renaissance dance music and love songs, with discussion of the lute, its history, and its music.

Gail Gillispie is a graduate of Oberlin College and the London Early Music Centre. She has performed in Europe, the US, and Canada, including appearances with the Newberry Consort, the Milwaukee Medieval Players, and the New York Ensemble for Early Music. As a member of the Venere Lute Quartet, she has appeared at the Utrecht Festival and recorded 4 CDs. Her first solo recording, "A Cabinet of Curiosities," features music from the Marsh Lute Book, and will be released in the spring of 2021.She has served on the faculty at the Amherst Early Music Workshops and the Lute Society of America Summer Seminars. Gail is also a professional music engraver and a composer, editor, and arranger.

Concert Program 

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Concert is free; a free will offering will be received 

Click HERE to make an online donation

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November 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

The MBC Ensemble in Concert

featuring
Mike Brozick, trumpet • Betsy Waldon, organ and piano • Craig Felde, timpani

Works by Dvorak, Sibelius, J. S. Bach, and more.

To view the Concert Program, click here
 

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The CPC Concert Series relies on financial support from sponsors and free will offerings. Click here to make a donation to support the CPC Concert Series. Gifts of $25 or higher qualify as a sponsorship. Your gift will be acknowledged as a tax-deductible donation to Community Presbyterian Church.

 

Martin Ott Tracker Organ

In 1996 the leaders and musicians at Community Presbyterian Church made the decision to replace the old and failing organ in the sanctuary with a new one; one custom designed for the space and the worship requirements of CPC. The timing was right, as the sanctuary was undergoing extensive renovation.
 

Several organ builders were contacted and many instruments were visited, played, listened to with a critical ear, and evaluated. The final decision was reached when the committee heard the Martin Ott organ in the chapel at Union Church in Hinsdale. The listeners knew right away that was the sound they wanted in their newly refurbished sanctuary.

Martin Ott is the son of a German organ builder, and holds the distinctive title of “Orgelbaumeister,” master organ builder. He formed his company, Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company, in St. Louis in 1973, and has since built over 100 organs. He specializes in tracker action instruments, and his installations can be found in all the midwestern states, as well as on both coasts.
 

The organ he designed for Community Presbyterian Church is a two manual, mechanical action instrument with pedal, and holds the designation Opus 93. It contains 22 stops, with 27 ranks of pipes. Construction was begun on the organ in 1999, and it was transported to Clarendon Hills from the organ builder’s shop in St. Louis in November, 2000, and was first played in worship on February, 2001. The dedication service was held in April 22nd, 2001, with David Schrader playing the dedication recital.