Music

Donna Murphy, Music Director

Donna

Donna has a rich and varied background as Music Director, organist, pianist, choir director and hand bell choir director, in a variety of churches – Congregational, Lutheran, Episcopal, Unitarian/Universalist, and Roman Catholic.

A graduate of Wagner College with a major in Organ Studies, Donna is a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and the Handbell Musicians of America. She has taught piano and organ for 40 years and directed hand bell choirs for all ages, and her work outside the church has included initiating a music program at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford working with children with cancer and post-trauma recovery.

Donna and her husband, Brian, live in Brewster.

SENIOR CHOIR

The Senior Choir rehearses on  Sunday mornings before the 10:00 AM worship service from 8:30-9:30. The Senior Choir is open to all who love to sing and wish to commit their time preparing music for the weekly worship service and other special services throughout the year. They complement worship with diverse forms and styles of music.

Click to hear music from the 2014 Cantata for Christmas “A Night for Rejoicing”

“Lo How A Rose e’re Blooming”

“O Morning Star How Fair and Bright”

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” with oboe

WEST PARISH RINGERS

The West Parish Ringers is a handbell choir which rehearses on Tuesdays from 6:15-7:45 PM. The choir is open to those who wish to make a commitment to ringing and have a good sense of rhythm.  West Parish owns a 5 octave set of Verdin/Malmark Handbells and 3 octaves of Malmark Handchimes. The handbell choir of West Parish is a member of the Handbell Ringers of America  and participates in regional and local events as well as during worship services.

Click below to hear the bells at play!

Fanfare for Easter, April 16, 2017

Celebration on “Lancashire”, April 16, 2017

Dec. 13, 2015 Prelude on “Divinum Mysterium” Of Father’s Love Begotten

Dec 13, 2015 “I heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

May 31, 2015 “Renewed Spirit”

Dec. 23, 2014 “O Morning Star How Fair and Bright”

April 3, 2016 “Acclamation in G Minor” Karen Thompson

April 3, 2016, “Allegro” William Boyce (1711-1779)

Photo by Alan Belanich

Photo by Alan Belanich

SATURDAY SERVICE

Our music on Saturdays is led by professional musician Steve Gregory, who usually is on electric or acoustic guitar. Participation by the congregation is encouraged, and we have had Steve assisted by various individuals on guitar, drums, and with vocals.

Photo by Alan Belanich

Photo by Alan Belanich


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