Christ Church has a long history of loving its music in all forms as part of our worship and as a pure demonstration of the beauty of God’s melodies in our lives. Our programs include choirs made up of adults, teens and children as well as some of our talented instrumentalist parishioners. Our music can be in many different styles, from a praise band to spirituals to contemporary music and all of these styles can be included in the same service!
At the center of our music program are our two prized instruments: the Liveley-Fulcher organ built in 2006 and our 1939 Steinway Model L small concert grand piano. Our organ has 3 manuals, 43 ranks and 2,653 pipes and is considered to be one of the finest instruments in New Hampshire. It is in great demand for organ recitals and concerts by many diverse community groups.
Coupled with the outstanding acoustics in our recently remodeled sanctuary, we regularly host music programs sponsored by community organizations, including Amare Cantare, Rockingham Choral Society, Portsmouth Pro Musica and the Community Chorus of South Berwick.
Our Organist, Bruce Adami, is a well-known organist and teacher. He is also a teacher participant in the Young Organist Collaborative and many of his students are privileged to not only study with him, but learn to play our Liveley-Fulcher organ. YOC concerts are sometimes held at Christ Church where all the organ students, their families, and the community come to enjoy listening to this glorious instrument.
Our Director of Music, Suzanne Jalbert Jones, is a graduate from the New England Conservatory in Boston. While at the conservatory, she studied classical voice, piano and conducting. She relocated to Dover to attend graduate school at University of New Hampshire. As a singer, she has performed in countless musicals, has sung with many jazz bands and has been a soloist at many classical recitals and concerts in Boston. She has been teaching piano and voice for four years and has developed a passion for helping young musicians explore music, in whatever genre they choose. She has special expertise in the genre of musical theatre, as she is a music director for many different theatre companies in New England.
Our Parish Choir, comprised of adults and teens, sings at our 10:30 service most Sunday mornings. At Christmas and Easter this group expands to become Festival Choir, providing opportunities for other parishioners to join them in special service music. The anthems they provide always enhance our worship experience and often include soaring solos by some of our gifted singers.
Children participate in the Junior Choir (grades 2 through 5). They rehearse weekly and usually sing at the 10:30 service one Sunday each month.
We also have a number of talented instrumentalists of all ages in our parish who are often part of our liturgies either as guest soloists, in a small chamber ensemble, or in accompaniment for the choir during anthems.