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
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Sasha Gerritson 

Minister of Music

sasha@parkridgecommunitychurch.org

More About Sasha


​Sasha is the Music Minister at Park Ridge Community Church, where she conducts five choirs and oversees the Music Ministry. She is a full-time professor at Northeastern Illinois University in the Music Department, teaching Opera, Music Theory and Sight-Singing. Sasha served as the Executive Director of a not-for-profit children’s group called The Happiness Club which uses the mediums of music, dance and drama to teach kids positive values and give them a safe haven with constructive activities. She also worked for ten years as the Department Chair and Director of the Vocal Program for the MERIT School of Music. In 1998, while attending DePaul University, Sasha was recruited to be assistant to Maestro Daniel Barenboim at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the Staatsoper in Berlin. She held this position for two years. She holds degrees in Opera Performance, French and Vocal Pedagogy from Northeastern Illinois University (BA, MA) and DePaul University (PC), and has studied choral conducting at Westminster College in New Jersey.

In addition to her teaching career, Sasha enjoys an extensive solo performing career (both as a Soprano and Choral Conductor) not only in Chicago, but also in Mexico, England, Scotland, Germany and many parts of South America. She has sung the National Anthem at the Chicago Cubs games many times and has performed leading roles with many of the area’s opera companies. In Summer 2005 she was a featured soloist at the Ravinia Festival in world premier music by Ron Combs in association with the Ruth Page Dance Foundation. In 2006, Sasha sang the role of Flora in La Traviata at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago. Sasha appeared with the legendary Mr. William Warfield in excerpts from Porgy and Bess with the Lake Shore Symphony. She has sung under the baton of Sr. Ruben Gonzalez (former concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) in the United States premier of his opera Cartas Marcadas. She has also sung leading roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, La Traviata, Falstaff, Die Fledermaus and many more.

Sasha is the recipient of many awards including the Harold Berlinger award and the Joan Sachs Memorial Award and Talent Scholarship. She has been featured on Channel 2 television as “Someone You Should Know” and was honored in 2005 as the Distinguished Alumna of the Year of DePaul University.





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Sandy Bowen

Bells on High Director

More About Sasha


​Sasha is the Music Minister at Park Ridge Community Church, where she conducts five choirs and oversees the Music Ministry. She is a full-time professor at Northeastern Illinois University in the Music Department, teaching Opera, Music Theory and Sight-Singing. Sasha served as the Executive Director of a not-for-profit children’s group called The Happiness Club which uses the mediums of music, dance and drama to teach kids positive values and give them a safe haven with constructive activities. She also worked for ten years as the Department Chair and Director of the Vocal Program for the MERIT School of Music. In 1998, while attending DePaul University, Sasha was recruited to be assistant to Maestro Daniel Barenboim at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the Staatsoper in Berlin. She held this position for two years. She holds degrees in Opera Performance, French and Vocal Pedagogy from Northeastern Illinois University (BA, MA) and DePaul University (PC), and has studied choral conducting at Westminster College in New Jersey.

In addition to her teaching career, Sasha enjoys an extensive solo performing career (both as a Soprano and Choral Conductor) not only in Chicago, but also in Mexico, England, Scotland, Germany and many parts of South America. She has sung the National Anthem at the Chicago Cubs games many times and has performed leading roles with many of the area’s opera companies. In Summer 2005 she was a featured soloist at the Ravinia Festival in world premier music by Ron Combs in association with the Ruth Page Dance Foundation. In 2006, Sasha sang the role of Flora in La Traviata at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago. Sasha appeared with the legendary Mr. William Warfield in excerpts from Porgy and Bess with the Lake Shore Symphony. She has sung under the baton of Sr. Ruben Gonzalez (former concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) in the United States premier of his opera Cartas Marcadas. She has also sung leading roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, La Traviata, Falstaff, Die Fledermaus and many more.

Sasha is the recipient of many awards including the Harold Berlinger award and the Joan Sachs Memorial Award and Talent Scholarship. She has been featured on Channel 2 television as “Someone You Should Know” and was honored in 2005 as the Distinguished Alumna of the Year of DePaul University.





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.





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Larry Adams

Baritone Soloist

More About Larry


Larry is a Chicago based actor and singer. He has appeared with many of Chicago's theaters including Goodman Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Music Theatre Works, Theatre at the Center, Paramount Theatre, Victory Gardens, Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre and Writers Theatre. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a member of Actor's Equity. He and his wife, Jessye Wright, are members of PRCC and have two sons, Reid and Dylan.





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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 Sasha


​Sasha is the Music Minister at Park Ridge Community Church, where she conducts five choirs and oversees the Music Ministry. She is a full-time professor at Northeastern Illinois University in the Music Department, teaching Opera, Music Theory and Sight-Singing. Sasha served as the Executive Director of a not-for-profit children’s group called The Happiness Club which uses the mediums of music, dance and drama to teach kids positive values and give them a safe haven with constructive activities. She also worked for ten years as the Department Chair and Director of the Vocal Program for the MERIT School of Music. In 1998, while attending DePaul University, Sasha was recruited to be assistant to Maestro Daniel Barenboim at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the Staatsoper in Berlin. She held this position for two years. She holds degrees in Opera Performance, French and Vocal Pedagogy from Northeastern Illinois University (BA, MA) and DePaul University (PC), and has studied choral conducting at Westminster College in New Jersey.

In addition to her teaching career, Sasha enjoys an extensive solo performing career (both as a Soprano and Choral Conductor) not only in Chicago, but also in Mexico, England, Scotland, Germany and many parts of South America. She has sung the National Anthem at the Chicago Cubs games many times and has performed leading roles with many of the area’s opera companies. In Summer 2005 she was a featured soloist at the Ravinia Festival in world premier music by Ron Combs in association with the Ruth Page Dance Foundation. In 2006, Sasha sang the role of Flora in La Traviata at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago. Sasha appeared with the legendary Mr. William Warfield in excerpts from Porgy and Bess with the Lake Shore Symphony. She has sung under the baton of Sr. Ruben Gonzalez (former concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) in the United States premier of his opera Cartas Marcadas. She has also sung leading roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, La Traviata, Falstaff, Die Fledermaus and many more.

Sasha is the recipient of many awards including the Harold Berlinger award and the Joan Sachs Memorial Award and Talent Scholarship. She has been featured on Channel 2 television as “Someone You Should Know” and was honored in 2005 as the Distinguished Alumna of the Year of DePaul University.





Sarah Hibbard

Soprano Soloist

More About Sarah


Sarah Hibbard is a masterful musician whose voice has been described as a shimmering soprano with a resounding quality reminiscent of the golden age of singing. The Albuquerque Journal declared her to have “a brilliant sound and thorough-going technique, clearly a star in the making.” In Chicago she was praised for her “charismatic acting technique and her verismo singing.”

Performances include, Gilda in Rigoletto with the Haifa Symphony in Israel, Frasquita in Carmen with Denyce Graves at Opera Charleston, Summer of Knoxville with Chicago Sinfonietta and the Verdi Requiem with Evanston Symphony.

Sarah’s operatic portrayals of past seasons include Violetta in La Traviata, Nedda in Pagliacci, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Mimi in La Bohème, the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Della in Gift of the Magi.

In addition to her performance credentials, Sarah completed her doctorate in performance and teaches at College of Lake County as a music professor.





Alex Honzen

Bass Soloist

More About Sasha


​Sasha is the Music Minister at Park Ridge Community Church, where she conducts five choirs and oversees the Music Ministry. She is a full-time professor at Northeastern Illinois University in the Music Department, teaching Opera, Music Theory and Sight-Singing. Sasha served as the Executive Director of a not-for-profit children’s group called The Happiness Club which uses the mediums of music, dance and drama to teach kids positive values and give them a safe haven with constructive activities. She also worked for ten years as the Department Chair and Director of the Vocal Program for the MERIT School of Music. In 1998, while attending DePaul University, Sasha was recruited to be assistant to Maestro Daniel Barenboim at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the Staatsoper in Berlin. She held this position for two years. She holds degrees in Opera Performance, French and Vocal Pedagogy from Northeastern Illinois University (BA, MA) and DePaul University (PC), and has studied choral conducting at Westminster College in New Jersey.

In addition to her teaching career, Sasha enjoys an extensive solo performing career (both as a Soprano and Choral Conductor) not only in Chicago, but also in Mexico, England, Scotland, Germany and many parts of South America. She has sung the National Anthem at the Chicago Cubs games many times and has performed leading roles with many of the area’s opera companies. In Summer 2005 she was a featured soloist at the Ravinia Festival in world premier music by Ron Combs in association with the Ruth Page Dance Foundation. In 2006, Sasha sang the role of Flora in La Traviata at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago. Sasha appeared with the legendary Mr. William Warfield in excerpts from Porgy and Bess with the Lake Shore Symphony. She has sung under the baton of Sr. Ruben Gonzalez (former concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) in the United States premier of his opera Cartas Marcadas. She has also sung leading roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, La Traviata, Falstaff, Die Fledermaus and many more.

Sasha is the recipient of many awards including the Harold Berlinger award and the Joan Sachs Memorial Award and Talent Scholarship. She has been featured on Channel 2 television as “Someone You Should Know” and was honored in 2005 as the Distinguished Alumna of the Year of DePaul University.





Jessye Wright

Alto Soloist

More About Sarah


Sarah Hibbard is a masterful musician whose voice has been described as a shimmering soprano with a resounding quality reminiscent of the golden age of singing. The Albuquerque Journal declared her to have “a brilliant sound and thorough-going technique, clearly a star in the making.” In Chicago she was praised for her “charismatic acting technique and her verismo singing.”

Performances include, Gilda in Rigoletto with the Haifa Symphony in Israel, Frasquita in Carmen with Denyce Graves at Opera Charleston, Summer of Knoxville with Chicago Sinfonietta and the Verdi Requiem with Evanston Symphony.

Sarah’s operatic portrayals of past seasons include Violetta in La Traviata, Nedda in Pagliacci, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Mimi in La Bohème, the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Della in Gift of the Magi.

In addition to her performance credentials, Sarah completed her doctorate in performance and teaches at College of Lake County as a music professor.