Meet our new Director of Music
Maggie O’Neill of Newmarket, New Hampshire has been selected to be our Director of Music.
Maggie holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Westminster Choir College in New Jersey. She has been a Music Director with Seacoast Choral Society, a Choral Conductor at the Seacoast Rep in Portsmouth and an Associate Conductor of ChildrenSong of New Jersey. Maggie is a singer (soprano) and has sung in Episcopal churches and with leading orchestras.
The Director of Music for Christ Church has served our staff liaison to Pine Street Players at Christ Church, our growing youth theatre program, and Maggie will continue in this role. She will also serve as Head of Music and Music Director for the Pine Street Players. When she’s not working here at Christ Church, Maggie will continue as a performer at the Seacoast Rep and other local companies. She is married to John Wilson, who serves in the U.S. Navy out of Portsmouth.
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.
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 Parish Choir, comprised of adults and teens, sings at our 10:00 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 (approx. grades 2 through 5). They rehearse throughout the year and sing at appointed 10:00 a.m. services and on Easter Day at the 8:00 a.m. service.
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.