Music

organ and piano

The Austin Pipe Organ was custom built for Cherry Hill’s sanctuary by one of the oldest organ manufacturers in the U.S.  This organ has 43 ranks and more than 2,000 pipes.  According to church records, the organ was first played at Cherry Hill Presbyterian in 1959 and continues to be an excellent instrument for both performance and accompaniment. To learn more about Cherry Hill’s Austin Organ, please click here:  http://database.organsociety.org/SingleOrganDetails.php?OrganID=13471

In 2012, Cherry Hill acquired a rare Bosendorfer Imperial Concert Grand Piano to complement the church’s Austin pipe organ.  The Imperial Concert Grand Piano has 97 keys instead of the traditional 88 and is recognized as a musical instrument phenomenon, producing rich tones for ccongregational worship, concerts and recitals.

Instrumentalists, soloists and members of Cherry Hill with diverse musical talents  are invited to share their gifts with the congregation.

Our chancel choir sings at the Sunday Worship service from September through June. The handbell choir meets weekly for rehearsal and plays frequently for Sunday worship and other services. Those wishing to sing or ring with our choirs should contract Director of Music and Organist, Meghan Meloy Ness through the church office.

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MUSIC AT CHERRY HILL CONCERT SERIES

 Fall of 2016 marked the inaugural year of the “Cherry Hill Concert Series.” Each month, Cherry Hill is pleased to present both local and national artists in concert. Unless otherwise noted, a free will offering will be received. The schedule for the remainder of this season is as follows:

Sunday, May 7 -3:00 pm. – “The Arsenal Duo”                                                                         Edward Alan Moore, Organ, Nathan Carterrette, Piano –                                              Pittsburgh musicians Nathan Carterette (piano) and Edward Alan Moore (organ) joined forces as The Arsenal Duo. Since 2013, they have been presenting concerts that unite their respective instruments in a unique and spectacular fashion. They draw from a diverse repertoire, including works originally for piano and orchestra; works original to piano and organ; their own transcriptions; and solo offerings.

                        Nathan Carterette – Hailed as “wonderfully poetic” (Westfalen Post) and “very compelling in his power and presence” (International Composer), Mr. Carterette has distinguished himself in the concert world by performing a huge range of works from Elizabethan keyboard music to music written today. Educated at Yale University, where he studied with Boris Berman, Mr. Carterette began his piano studies at the age of eleven with Cleveland’s legendary Birute and Anthony Smetona as well as intense private study in Germany.

                  Edward Alan Moore native of Girard, OH, is Organist/Music Director at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA. Previously he was a member of the organ faculty at The Catholic University of America Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in Washington, DC, Director of Music Ministries at The Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA, and Minister of Music at National City Christian Church in Washington, DC. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

Wednesday, June 7 – 7:00 p.m. – The Cherry Hill Spring Sing                                                                                                                            Join the Cherry Hill choirs under the direction of Meghan Meloy Ness and other Cherry Hill musicians for an evening of music and light hearted fun!  Broadway favorites and beloved old songs intermingled with solos and duets offered by members of our church family. Bring your singing voice to this merry celebration of music-making at Cherry Hill Church!

                                                                                     

For more information, please contact Meghan Meloy Ness or Rev. Mark Phillips through the church office: 313-563-4800.