John Finney has served as Director of Music at the Hills Church since 1984.
The Hills Church offers numerous opportunities for participation in and enjoyment of music, for both adults and children.
Chancel Choir – The Chancel Choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings and sings every Sunday. Twice a year the choir provides a special musical presentation, often with orchestra and soloists. Questions about the Chancel Choir, including interest in joining the choir, should be directed to John Finney, Music Director.
Congregational Choir – The Congregational Choir is open to anyone who would like to sing with the Chancel Choir, but who does not have the time to devote to weekly rehearsals. The Congregational Choir gathers for rehearsal three consecutive weeks in the fall and spring in preparation for singing in a church service. See “Special Music Events” for dates. Questions should be directed to John Finney
Handbell Choir – The Hills Bells first started ringing in 2005 and has become quite a collegial, caring and competent group. We welcome everyone to our group who shares our love of music. Previous handbell experience is not required. It is currently an intergenerational group that encourages the participation of younger members who can read music. We play the church’s five octave set of Schulmerich handbells and five octave set of Malmark Handchimes. Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons, starting at 11:45 a.m. We play for services once every 6 weeks, more often during the Christmas and Easter seasons. Questions, including interest in joining the group, should be directed to Martha Stowell, The Hills Bells’ Director.
Special Music Sundays – Twice a year, as part of our Sunday worship service, a chamber orchestra joins with our soloists and Chancel Choir to present larger sacred choral works such as Vivaldi’s festive and joyous “Gloria in D major” during Advent and J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 12 “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen” to enrich the Lenten experience with both introspection and rejoicing. Christmas and Easter services are often augmented with brass quartet and timpani. See “Special Music Events” for the next dates.
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