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.
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"
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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)
"Jesus the Very Though of Thee" CPC Bell Choir
Arranged, edited and mixed by Gregg Sewell (2/28/21)
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).
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 page for details and current dates
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.
CPC 2020-21 Concert Series...
... is finished for the year. But the Concert Committee is already looking forward to the 2021-22 Concert Series!
The CPC Concert Series recently finished an exciting 2020-2021 season. Concert goers were rewarded with an outstanding concert series, beginning with the MBC Ensemble featuring organ, trumpet and timpani, continuing with the Renaissance sounds of lute by Gail Gillispie, and culminating in the “Chicago Strings” chamber concert by world-class musicians from the Chicago area. With God’s grace, we were able to offer all three concerts via livestream and with limited in-person attendance.
In the opening devotion during our meeting this month, members of the Concert Series Committee reflected on the well-known verses from Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” If we had leaned on our understanding last spring, we almost certainly would not have attempted a concert season at all this past year. However, supported by the prayers and gifts of our sponsors, we found a path forward.
The CPC Concert Series Committee invites you to join those who help make our concert series possible by becoming a sponsor for the 2021-2022 concert season. As we plan for our next concert series, we are eager to build on this past season’s success and aim to maintain the high quality of the artist groups in the series while continuing to present an array of musical offerings. We are optimistic about the concert season ahead, feeling confident that we will again offer in-person attendance to the greatest extent possible, as well as quality livestream of the concerts.
With your support we can make that happen, Sponsorship begins at the $25 level. To see all levels of sponsorship, click here for a PDF you can download, print, fill out, and mail. Or you can donate online HERE. Your gift will be acknowledged as a tax-deductible donation to Community Presbyterian Church.
Blessings to you today!
The CPC Concert Series Committee: Scott Anderson, Glenn Gabanski (Chair), Patrick Garner, Nancee Margison, Judy Johns Schloegel, Gregg Sewell (Director of Music Ministries and Choirs)
For more information or questions, you can reach us at email@example.com
April 11, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
CPC Concert Series presents:
featuring members of the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
and Lyric Opera
playing the music of
Schubert, Boccherini and Beethoven
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.
February 14, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
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 is free; a free will offering will be received
Click HERE to make an online donation
November 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
The MBC Ensemble in Concert
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
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.