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.
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Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is comprised of professional and volunteer singers high school age and older. The groups sings from September to May at the 10 am service. Our choir has toured several U.S. cities and international choral festivals. The Chancel Choir rehearses Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

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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. 

 

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 3:00 to 6:00 PM.

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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 Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 PM.

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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.

 

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.

 
Music Ministry Staff
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Sasha Gerritson 

Minister of Music

sasha@parkridgecommunitychurch.org

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





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Sandy Bowen

Bells on High Director

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.





Andrew and Angie Weber

Sunday School Music Directors (Soprano and Bass Soloists)

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.





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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 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 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 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