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Choir

Under the direction of staff Choir Director Andrea Olson, members of Christ Church sing at the 10:00 Rite II Holy Eucharist service. We have no paid singers. The hymns and anthems are chosen from the 1982 Hymnal in collaboration with Mother Cosman and organist Dennis Patton each week, and complement the readings appointed for that Sunday. The choir rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9:00 and is always happy to welcome new members of all abilities.

Musical Performances

Christ Church hosts the rehearsals for Northeast Concert Choir, which includes a number of singers who are members of our church.

www.concertchoirnect.org

In addition, the church is graced with an annual Christmas concert called Holy Moments by Smith and Oakes; and hosts other musical talent such as Take Note! www.take-note.org,

an a capella group that performs as fundraisers for local causes.

CONTEMPORARY
MUSIC

Nine6teen is the official worship band of Christ Church, composed of five parishioners who had share their music within the church community and beyond. 

On the second Sunday of every month the group leads the congregation in the singing of contemporary songs found in a separate book in the pews, with an intentional effort to connect the music choices with the designated readings and message of the church calendar. 

Nine6teen is well known in the Pomfret community, performing at fundraising events for organizations such as Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group 

(TEEG—see the Community Engagement page for information about other ways the church engages with this nonprofit) and the Hole in the Wall Gang www.holeinthewallgang.org. In addition, the group donates a performance through the silent auction that is part of the St. Nicholas Fair (information about the Fair is found under the Faith In Action tab).

Outside of the community they have a long-standing tradition playing at the worship service and at the outdoor festival called Cotuit Craftfest, which also raises money for outreach.

Pipe Organ

ORGAN

Since 1898, an organ built by the George S. Hutchings Company of Waltham MA (Opus 429) has been supporting worship here at Christ Church in Pomfret.

The organ is in three divisions, that is 2 manuals and pedal. There are 19 stops and 20 ranks of pipes (1,158 of them) many of which are still speaking by way of an

electric blower – located in the church's undercroft—replacing hand-pumped air. The organ was rebuilt in 1974 by The Andover Organ Company of Methuen, MA, (Opus R-168).

A pipe organ, is filled with several natural materials—wood, metal, and

leather—and, nowadays, some man-made stuff as well. It can be affected by temperature and moisture—moving parts can slip or stick; parts can swell and shrink in response to the weather outside, as well as the atmosphere in the room, the church. The stops have one or more pipe per key, and each pipe is tuned individually—a labor intensive endeavor. 

Christ Church usually has the organ tuned by Foley~Baker Inc. of Tolland, Connecticut, in preparation for the Easter and Christmas celebrations.

Church Song Sheets
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