Thanks to the following Saugatuck parishioners who have agreed to serve on the Music and Arts Committee that will consider the future of Saugatuck’s music and the use of the worship space at Saugatuck. Feel free to communicate with any of the regarding your own concerns and preferences in these areas.
- Susie Benton
- Betsy Boak
- Daniel Call
- John Canning
- Heather Hamilton
- Michael Hendricks
- Gayle Martin Henry
- Craig Matheson
- Nicole Mathias
- Tag Mendillo
- Andy Neilly
- Kathy Ross
The Chancel Choir needs your voice!
Have you sung in the car? How about in the shower where you think no one can hear you? Well, if you answered yes to either question, then come on, join the Chancel Choir! Teenagers through octogenarians are welcome. Email Heather for more information.
- Thursdays 7:30 – 9:00PM
Unitarian Meetinghouse, 10 Lyons Plains Road
First Rehearsal Thursday, September 6th!
- Sundays 9:15
Warm-up for the Sunday Service
- Children’s Choir, K-5
If you have a child who may be interested, please email Heather.
The Music Ministry Team welcomes all volunteers in the Saugatuck Church family — both nuclear and extended — to enrich our worship service by sharing your musical talents with us. Whether you sing, play a musical instrument, or both, please speak with a member of the Music Ministry Team or Heather Hamilton.
Susie Benton, Team Leader; Doug Johnston; John Canning; Gayle Martin Henry
Music at Saugatuck Congregational Church serves the people of God by providing an elevation of praise in our worship services. Everything we do musically is for the greater glory of God and to focus our hearts on doing God's work each and every week.
Music is provided each week at our Sunday morning services in many different varieties and styles. We have explored music from Gregorian Chants to new works "hot off the presses." In the past, performances of J.S. Bach's Magnificat and Maurice Duruflés’ Requiem have graced our Sanctuary. Our choirs have also explored the many gems of sacred music that serve to lift our hearts and minds to the Creator.
Unfortunately, as a result of the fire that struck our church on November 20th, our musical instruments were destroyed — including our 3-manual 1960 Austin organ, our Steinway grand piano, our practice instruments, and the full set of Orff instruments used in our Youth Music program. We look forward to rebuilding our Music Department and are deeply grateful for all the support and help we have received from area churches and Music Directors as well as the wider community.
The Chancel Choir is 20-strong with a core professional quartet of experienced singers. In recent years, the choir has presented Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah, Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Ottorino Respighi's Laud to the Nativity.
The Saugatuck Choir presents a work each year jointly with The Congregational Church of Green's Farms Choir. In 2009, this wonderful concert featured selections from G.F. Handel’s Messiah, Part Two. Unfortunately, we are unable to join GFCC in our joint cantata for Spring 2012. We look forward to joining them in the future and keeping this wonderful collaboration of music making.
The Adult Chancel Choir meets on Thursdays at 8 PM. Membership is open to all interested singers in Saugatuck and in the greater Westport community; please contact any member of our Music Ministry Team if you are interested in joining us.
Chancel Choir Section Leaders
- Susie Benton — Soprano
- Teresa Hitchcock — Alto
- Christopher Colmenero — Tenor
- Roman Laba — Bass
We now have a Communion Choir which meets the first Sunday of every month to rehearse that day's anthem, 9:15 in the Sanctuary at Temple Israel. Anyone age 16 and up is welcome!