Music/Choir at Assumption Church

The Assumption Choir sings for the 9:30 a.m. Mass and for special occasions. The repertoire is quite varied, utilizing literature from all periods, from pre-classical to contemporary.  The Choir rehearses most weeks after the 9:30 Mass with occasional special rehearsals as needed. The Choir also participates in Arts at Asissi, a program of Sunday afternoon concerts held several times throughout the year. The concert format allows for the performance of music of a broader scope and includes Mass settings that may be deemed too large scaled for weekly liturgies.  For these occasions, the choir invites, and is joined by, singers from other choirs who are interested in this kind of challenge. The cantor program is volunteer and drawn from the ranks of the choir. Anyone interested in singing with the choir need only appear at rehearsal.  Music reading ability is not necessary, but helpful.

 

The organ in the church is a fairly large instrument originally dating from 1898 (George Hutchings).  A rebuild after the fire in 1934 was done by Buehl Organ company of Utica. A partial renovation was done in the 1980's.  A project to complete the work is planned for the near future by Kerner and Merchant Organ Builders. The instrument currently consists of 4 divisions, 3 manuals and 53 ranks of pipes.

 

The music program at Assumption Church is under the direction of Glenn Armstrong, CAGO, who has held the position of Director of Music since 1971.


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