MUSIC AT EMMANUEL
Music is a very important part of life at Emmanuel Church. Our excellent choir helps us to pray in beauty, our magnificent organ fills the worship space with sound, and the wonderful acoustics allow us to host a variety of Maryland ensembles who use our space for concerts and recitals.
As you check out our music page, you will see the offerings that are presented to God and to God’s people. However, “hearing is believing” – and the only way you will truly be able to appreciate our music program is to “come and hear.”
Emmanuel Church is blessed with a wonderful choir that helps to lift our hearts in worship and praise. The choir sings at the 10:30 AM Sunday service from early September until Trinity Sunday. They lead us in the hymns, sing the psalms, and offer exquisite anthems after Communion. Evensong is sung several times each year at 6 PM, and there are other special services and concerts. The choir rehearses at 9:00 on Sunday mornings, and also on Tuesday evenings at 5 PM. If you are interested in singing with the choir, please contact Director of Music and Choirmaster Stephanie LaMotte.
Sharing the joy of music and the beauty of our parish with one and all.
Since 1993, The Emmanuel Concert Series has brought nationally and internationally known organists and choral ensembles to Chestertown.
The Concert Series showcases Emmanuel's beautiful and highly regarded Harrison & Harrison organ, and has presented a lively and varied mix of established concert organists and highly talented younger players. The Concert Series Committee strives for a diverse, interesting, and high quality roster of performers.
Please head to the Concert Series page for more information!
HARRISON & HARRISON ORGAN
As you walk into Emmanuel's sanctuary, the majestic organ captures your spirit. The grand beauty is our instrumental voice. The organ is integrally wed to the liturgy, as it surrounds the listener with sound. It can be said that our organ holds a place of honor for Emmanuelites.
In 1990, then rector of Emmanuel, The Rev. Dr. Gregory Straub, appointed a committee to assess the state of the church’s electronic organ and to make a recommendation to either replace or repair the organ.
To read the rest of the history that led to the purchase and installation of our Harrison & Harrison organ, click HERE.
The organ, built by Harrison & Harrison, in Durham, England, was installed in the summer of 1993. It is a two-manual mechanical action instrument of 23 stops, 29 ranks. The casework is of solid mahogany with pipeshades carved in a style that reflects the church’s eighteenth-century pedigree.
Bass Flute 8’
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Open Diapason 8’
Stopped Diapason 8’
Chimney Flute 4’
Swell to Great
Cymbelstern (drawstop & foot piston)
Eight general pistons (five duplicated by foot pistons) and general cancel
Five foot piston to the Pedal Organ
Five pistons to the Great Organ
Five pistons to the Swell Organ
Reversible pistons to all couplers, duplicated by foot pistons
Balanced expression pedal to the Swell Organ
Pistons are instantly adjustable, with eight general and eight divisional memories
Pictured in the old Harrison & Harrison workshop.