Music | The Dover Church
Worship at The Dover Church floats on a sea of music. You will hear music playing as you enter the church and as you leave. We will sing songs together during the course of the worship, and we will listen to one or more of our choirs sing or ring, as well as instrumentalists play in support of our prayer or as inspiration or comfort. If you like music, to listen, to sing, to play, then The Dover Church may be just the place for you.
We delight in a variety of musical styles in our worship life, ranging from traditional to contemporary music for organ, choir, handbells, to children’s and youth music, to bands made up of church members and friends playing Dixieland, Bluegrass and Gospel among other styles. Our music genres and styles vary to meet, support and enhance the worship experience of the congregation.
We have many opportunities for members to share their musical gifts at The Dover Church. These include our Sanctuary and Festival Choirs, Cherub and Youth Choirs, Youth Handbell and Chapel Bell Choirs as well as many gifted vocalists and instrumentalists of all ages. Our Choirs rehearse Wednesday evenings September through beginning of May and are open to all who are interested throughout the year. More information can be found regarding each opportunity below.
Our C. B. Fisk organ, Opus 107 was installed in 1993 and has been enhancing our worship life through music ever since. In addition to leading our hymn singing and worship Sunday mornings, our organ is the center of concerts and learning opportunities throughout the year including our Christmas Concert, auditions and recitals for the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Young Organists Initiative and more.
The Youth Handbell Choir ensemble is open to all youth in grades 3 and above interested in ringing. We focus the basic skills of chime and bell ringing and encouraging our youngest musicians to learn to read music in a fun, supportive environment. We primarily use our 3-octave Malmark handchimes with repertoire specifically chosen to meet the needs and skill levels of the members. We rehearse Wednesday evenings September through May 6:20-6:45 in the Music Room where we prepare to play in Sunday worship every 4-6 weeks.
Our Cherub Choir (for Pre-K through Grade 2) sings each week at the start of their Sunday school lesson, learning simple, fun songs together. The Cherub Choir sings during worship several times throughout the year.
If you would like to learn more about our Cherub Choir, please contact Christine Hogan, our Music Director.
Our Sanctuary Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings, 7:30 PM in the Music Room and on Sunday mornings, 8:45-9:30 AM in the Sanctuary, September through April and Sunday Mornings 8:45 May and June. High School students are encouraged to join.
Our 2019-2020 Season begins September 8.
The Festival Choir rehearses seasonally Wednesdays, 7:00 -9:00 PM and occasionally Sunday mornings in preparation for our Seasonal Services and Concerts. Our 2019-2020 Season begins November 13.
Chapel Bell Choir is open to anyone from grade 6 onward where we focus on basic ringing techniques in a fun and supportive atmosphere. The choir is a group of adults and youth that includes both highly-accomplished and novice ringers. We pull from a wide range of repertoire, both sacred and secular as we ring our 3-octave Schulmerich bells, and at times complemented by our Malmark handchimes as we provide music for worship services, usually once per month as well as other concerts and celebrations. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 6:45-7:30 September through May.
Families with Children are at the center of our community of faith. Whether sharing in a Children’s Message in worship or learning about God and Jesus in Sunday School, there is so much for families with children at The Dover Church
The Dover Church is so much more than Sunday mornings for adults. It’s about growing friendships and connecting with neighbors, whether in yoga or a breakfast group. The only thing missing from these connections may be….You.