Music is an integral part of worship at South Church. In fact, making music is a form of worship whether from the choir loft, a classroom, around a campfire or a seat in the congregation. Our music program welcomes adults and children of all ages and skill levels who wish to participate in a meaningful ministry with our congregation. We have opportunities to sing in large and small ensembles, as soloists, as well as to play instruments.
The core of our music program is the volunteer choirs.
The Adult Choir provides the music leadership for the 10:30 a.m. worship service most Sundays from September through June. It assists the congregation in the singing of hymns and responses and provides special music to enhance the worship experience.
The choir has a membership of approximately 35 singers who come from many musical backgrounds, but share a love of singing and a desire to continually develop their craft. The repertoire is purposefully varied, including sacred classics from all musical periods and styles, new compositions, and creative hymn arrangements (from Medieval and Baroque to early American and Contemporary.) Choir members can participate for the entire church year, seasonally or only for a special service or concert and its specific rehearsals. This choir prepares special music for Christmas and Easter and occasionally has the opportunity to present small major choral works with instrumental accompaniment.
Membership is open to all members and friends of South Church without audition although some choral singing experience is helpful.
This choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the Social Hall, and on Sunday morning at 9:30 am. It is led by Director of Music, Lisbeth Davis.
The Youth choir is a wonderful opportunity for all children in grades 2-6 to develop singing skills while learning important biblical and hymn texts at an early age. The Youth Choir sings at the 10:30 worship service once a month, and contributes to the worship life of the church at other special services. We practice every Sunday after the 10:30am worship service. All are welcome to join!
We welcome our new Youth Music Leader Jordan Maragnano.
For more information, or to sign up your child, please contact our Director of Music Lisbeth Davis.
The second Sunday of each month, November through May, is a special one at SouthChurch. From 10 – 10:30 am (the half hour prior to the 10:30 worship service,) a concert is provided by various accomplished musicians from the Greater Hartford area. Our Music Ministry Team selects and produces these concerts that are usually faith-based and may feature visiting choirs, soloists, instrumental ensembles, or musical offerings from different cultures or traditions as well as our own, talented musicians. Professional church musicians such as Nick Page and Alice Parker have led music-worship workshops during this series.
The Joyful Noise band is a brass music group of intergenerational musicians that perform ‘Special Music’ during church services and on other occasions as well. Contact Director of Music, Lisbeth Davis for more information.