Music Ministry

O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!   Psalm 95:1-2
The PRCC music ministry is committed to providing the highest quality music for the glory of God. We strive to offer a variety of musical styles, languages and levels. Everyone is welcome to join us. Music programs exist for adults and children of all ages.
For more information please contact our Minister of Music, Sasha Gerritson: sasha@parkridgecommunitychurch.org.

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is comprised of professional and volunteer singers high school age and older. The group sings from September to May at the 10:00 AM. service and performs seasonal cantatas. The Chancel Choir repertoire ranges from traditional to contemporary composers and from classical choral works to jazz and spirituals.

 

Our choir has toured in several U.S. cities and participated international choral festivals in Italy, Austria, France and Belgium. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:30 PM.

Angeli Choir

The Angeli Choir is an ensemble for girls in 6th-12th grades who sing in worship services, at other churches and community events. Their repertoire includes both sacred and secular music, from traditional church music to Broadway and popular songs.

 

The choir has participated in choral festivals in several U.S. cities. The choir is also dedicated to community outreach, including fundraising for designated charities. The Angeli Choir rehearses on Sundays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
 

Junior Choir

The Junior Choir is open to boys and girls in 3rd to 6th grade.  In addition to singing periodically in the Sunday services, the choristers learn choral singing, how to read music, performance techniques and singing in worship. The Junior Choir rehearses on Mondays from 4:00-5:00 PM.

Bells on High

The Bells on High is our long standing adult handbell ensemble.  Our Handbell choir has a full complement of  instruments consisting of 4 octaves of Schulmerich handbells and 3 octaves of Malmark choir chimes. Their repertoire of "joyful noise with songs of praise" includes both standard arrangements and original compositions; playing both sacred hymns and popular seasonal secular music

 

The group is a member of the Handbell Musicians of America. They meet weekly on Thursdays from 6:30 - 7:30 PM, September through May.

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Music Ministry Staff
Sasha Gerritson 

Minister of Music

sasha@parkridgecommunitychurch.org

More About Wellington


Wellington has been a member of the PRCC choir since 2007 and has performed as a soloist for the choir’s international and national tours. A Chicago native and teacher of piano and voice, he has a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Northeastern Illinois University and has appeared with the NEIU Opera as Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene, and Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden. He has also appeared in productions with the Chamber Opera of Chicago, the National Pastime Theater, and worked as music director for the Halcyon Theater.





Sandy Bowen

Bells on High Director

More About Sandy


Sandy’s involvement with handbells began in the early 1980’s when PRCC acquired their first set of handbells as a memorial gift. After ringing under the direction of Jerome Butera for several years, she became the director of the various handbell groups.





Andrew and Angie Weber

Sunday School Music Directors (Soprano and Bass Soloists)

More About Andrew and Angie


Andrew and Angie have been singing with the PRCC Chancel Choir since 2000. In addition to being section leaders in the choir they also lead the music at the 8:30 worship service and teach the Sunday School music.
Andrew has been teaching Elementary Music in the Melrose Park School District since 1999.

Angie is an Adjunct Professor in the Music Department at Northeastern Illinois University. She is also the Music Education Coordinator at the Elmhurst Park District. There she teaches voice, piano, and ukulele.
For more info on Angie and Andrew Weber check out their website.





Larry Adams

Baritone Soloist

More About Wellington


Wellington has been a member of the PRCC choir since 2007 and has performed as a soloist for the choir’s international and national tours. A Chicago native and teacher of piano and voice, he has a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Northeastern Illinois University and has appeared with the NEIU Opera as Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene, and Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden. He has also appeared in productions with the Chamber Opera of Chicago, the National Pastime Theater, and worked as music director for the Halcyon Theater.





Wellington Da Silva

Tenor Soloist

More About Wellington


Wellington has been a member of the PRCC choir since 2007 and has performed as a soloist for the choir’s international and national tours. A Chicago native and teacher of piano and voice, he has a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Northeastern Illinois University and has appeared with the NEIU Opera as Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene, and Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden. He has also appeared in productions with the Chamber Opera of Chicago, the National Pastime Theater, and worked as music director for the Halcyon Theater.





Lorenzo Formosa

Baritone Soloist

More About Sandy


Sandy’s involvement with handbells began in the early 1980’s when PRCC acquired their first set of handbells as a memorial gift. After ringing under the direction of Jerome Butera for several years, she became the director of the various handbell groups.





Sarah Hibbard

Soprano Soloist

More About Andrew and Angie


Andrew and Angie have been singing with the PRCC Chancel Choir since 2000. In addition to being section leaders in the choir they also lead the music at the 8:30 worship service and teach the Sunday School music.
Andrew has been teaching Elementary Music in the Melrose Park School District since 1999.

Angie is an Adjunct Professor in the Music Department at Northeastern Illinois University. She is also the Music Education Coordinator at the Elmhurst Park District. There she teaches voice, piano, and ukulele.
For more info on Angie and Andrew Weber check out their website.





Alex Honzen

Bass Soloist

More About Alex


Alex Honzen has appeared as Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof) with Music Theatre Works (formerly Light Opera Works) , as well as principal and featured roles in that company’s productions of Yeoman of the Guard, Man of La Mancha, Iolanthe, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and Oklahoma, among others. Other lyric stage credits include DuPage Opera Theatre (Scarpia in Tosca), Chamber Opera Chicago (Man of La Mancha, Pride & Prejudice, The Consul), DaCorneto Opera (Melitone in La Forza del Destino), American Opera Group (Escamillo in La Tragedie de Carmen) and Bowen Park Opera (Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro). He has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras both in the US and abroad in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, the Bach B-minor mass, the Mozart requiem and other works. Non-singing work has included roles with the Around the Coyote Festival, Mammals Theatre Co. and the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC as well as voiceover and television credits.





Jessye Wright

Alto Soloist

More About Sandy


Sandy’s involvement with handbells began in the early 1980’s when PRCC acquired their first set of handbells as a memorial gift. After ringing under the direction of Jerome Butera for several years, she became the director of the various handbell groups.





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