About Music & Arts
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
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.
The Hancock Choristers
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!
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 Lyricum Quintet
This quintet of Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, and Horn was first formed in 1980, and took on its present personnel in 1986. They have performed at the JFK Library, MIT, Wellesley and Wheaton Colleges, King’s Chapel, Fruitlands Museum and the Art Complex at Duxbury, as well as in many school concerts. Roth Lomon and Thomas McGah have written works for them, the latter premiered at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Sacred Dance
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!
The Corridor Gallery
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. To see examples of past exhibits, visit the Corridor Gallery page.