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 Jessye


Jessye Wright was among four mezzos recently named “Upwardly Musical Artists on the Move” in Symphony Magazine’s Guide to Emerging Artists. She just made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in Carousel as the Principal and Nettie Fowler understudy. She also recently sang Mozart’s Requiem with the National Chorale in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall; Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera; and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore with Maestra Jane Glover and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. Other engagements include Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall with MidAmerica Productions; the title role in Carmen at Ravinia Music Festival with Opera Theater North; and Pitti-Sing in the Mikado with Nashville Opera. Jessye performed Meg Page in Falstaff with Maestro Emmanuel Plasson and the New York Opera Society in the Théâtre Municipal de Castres, France, as well as Beethoven’s Ninth with Bozeman Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic and Mobile Symphony. She just appeared as a soloist in the International Advent Singing Festival in Vienna, Austria, as well as the Ghent Arts and Music Festival in Belgium. A past national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, Jessye received the Ardis Krainik Memorial Prize in Voice from Chicago’s National Bel Canto Foundation and won 2nd place in the International Classical Singer Competition. Jessye has a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University, and she’s taught private voice lessons for more than 20 years. She lives near Chicago with her husband, Larry Adams, and two sons, Reid and Dylan.





Sandy Bowen

Bells on High Director

More About Lorenzo


Originally from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Lorenzo graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in vocal performance. He has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Omaha. In 1987 he was selected as a cantor in the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy with Pope John Paul II at the Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan. In September 2001, the Aon Corporation called upon Lorenzo to sing their memorial service at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, New York, honoring their employees lost in the 9/11 tragedy at the World Trade Center.

In addition to stage and concert performances around the country and the Chicagoland area, he was a member of Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid Committee serving as the Guest Services Manager. He currently works in IT Security for USBank.

www.lorenzoformosa.com





Andrew and Angie Weber

Sunday School Music Directors (Soprano and Bass Soloists)

More About Lorenzo


Originally from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Lorenzo graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in vocal performance. He has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Omaha. In 1987 he was selected as a cantor in the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy with Pope John Paul II at the Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan. In September 2001, the Aon Corporation called upon Lorenzo to sing their memorial service at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, New York, honoring their employees lost in the 9/11 tragedy at the World Trade Center.

In addition to stage and concert performances around the country and the Chicagoland area, he was a member of Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid Committee serving as the Guest Services Manager. He currently works in IT Security for USBank.

www.lorenzoformosa.com





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.





Wellington Da Silva

Tenor 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.





Lorenzo Formosa

Baritone Soloist

More About Lorenzo


Originally from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Lorenzo graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in vocal performance. He has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Omaha. In 1987 he was selected as a cantor in the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy with Pope John Paul II at the Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan. In September 2001, the Aon Corporation called upon Lorenzo to sing their memorial service at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, New York, honoring their employees lost in the 9/11 tragedy at the World Trade Center.

In addition to stage and concert performances around the country and the Chicagoland area, he was a member of Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid Committee serving as the Guest Services Manager. He currently works in IT Security for USBank.

www.lorenzoformosa.com





Sarah Hibbard

Soprano Soloist

More About Lorenzo


Originally from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Lorenzo graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in vocal performance. He has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Omaha. In 1987 he was selected as a cantor in the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy with Pope John Paul II at the Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan. In September 2001, the Aon Corporation called upon Lorenzo to sing their memorial service at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, New York, honoring their employees lost in the 9/11 tragedy at the World Trade Center.

In addition to stage and concert performances around the country and the Chicagoland area, he was a member of Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid Committee serving as the Guest Services Manager. He currently works in IT Security for USBank.

www.lorenzoformosa.com





Alex Honzen

Bass Soloist

More About Lorenzo


Originally from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Lorenzo graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in vocal performance. He has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Omaha. In 1987 he was selected as a cantor in the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy with Pope John Paul II at the Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan. In September 2001, the Aon Corporation called upon Lorenzo to sing their memorial service at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, New York, honoring their employees lost in the 9/11 tragedy at the World Trade Center.

In addition to stage and concert performances around the country and the Chicagoland area, he was a member of Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid Committee serving as the Guest Services Manager. He currently works in IT Security for USBank.

www.lorenzoformosa.com





Jessye Wright

Alto Soloist

More About Jessye


Jessye Wright was among four mezzos recently named “Upwardly Musical Artists on the Move” in Symphony Magazine’s Guide to Emerging Artists. She just made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in Carousel as the Principal and Nettie Fowler understudy. She also recently sang Mozart’s Requiem with the National Chorale in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall; Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera; and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore with Maestra Jane Glover and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. Other engagements include Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall with MidAmerica Productions; the title role in Carmen at Ravinia Music Festival with Opera Theater North; and Pitti-Sing in the Mikado with Nashville Opera. Jessye performed Meg Page in Falstaff with Maestro Emmanuel Plasson and the New York Opera Society in the Théâtre Municipal de Castres, France, as well as Beethoven’s Ninth with Bozeman Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic and Mobile Symphony. She just appeared as a soloist in the International Advent Singing Festival in Vienna, Austria, as well as the Ghent Arts and Music Festival in Belgium. A past national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, Jessye received the Ardis Krainik Memorial Prize in Voice from Chicago’s National Bel Canto Foundation and won 2nd place in the International Classical Singer Competition. Jessye has a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University, and she’s taught private voice lessons for more than 20 years. She lives near Chicago with her husband, Larry Adams, and two sons, Reid and Dylan.





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