Music | The Dover Church
“He who sings, prays twice” – St. Augustine
Music is important to people of every age, and musical ability and has positive effects as individuals and our worship community. Additionally, music is an activity we can participate in throughout our lives. At The Dover Church, we provide many opportunities for individuals of different ages and stages of life to come together and participate as one: whether our vocal or handbell, or festival choirs. In a time when many of us feel alone, music and singing can lift our spirits and bring us together as a community. Whether you choose to participate in one of the organized musical ensembles offered, or choose to sing along with the hymns during worship, music teaches us the gospel through the hymns and provides a direct connection to God with our church community.
Why is music important?
- Makes children smarter as it can accelerate brain development as it encourages intellectual, social, emotional, motor and language skills and general literacy in a child’s development.
- Music creates community
- Music improves mental health
- Music encourages creativity
“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” – Ephesians 5:19
Please contact Music Director Christine Hogan for more information about any of our music ministries.
Due to safety protocols please contact Christine Hogan if interested as space may be limited. At this time all children are required to wear masks while in the building.
The Chime Choir is an introductory experience to chime for children age pre-K-grade 3. Here children learn basic techniques of rhythm and music reading in a fun and supportive atmosphere as they learn the basics needed to advance to the Youth Bell Choir.
The Sanctuary Choir focuses on vocal technique, musical skill-building, and ensemble skills. New members are always welcome as musical proficiency is not required. Members include both accomplished singers and musicians as well as those who have a passion for singing and limited or no formal choral experience. Our mission is to enhance the worship experience as we praise God through song.
The Festival Choir rehearses seasonally in preparation for our Seasonal Services and Concerts. The Festival Choir is ideal for those who are looking for a more limited commitment geared toward specific services and events. These opportunities are scheduled intermittently during our program year.
We invite all musicians of every level to submit recordings, video and/or audio, to be used on our website and during worship services. Christine is happy to work with anyone who would like a pianist for their recordings, or assistance/guidance in putting recordings together to share with our community and beyond during this time.
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.
Daring to name the pain weighing down or the song exulting your heart can make all the difference. To pray your prayers for you is an answer to our prayers. "God bless you and keep you. God make his face to shine upon you and give you peace." Amen.