Music

“Music at Emmanuel reminds and challenges us to make of our lives an offering, not a performance.”

– A recent comment from a parishioner

While Emmanuel Church has become renowned for our Bach cantatas during Sunday worship, music has been essential in the life of our community from the very beginning. After all, there are places along the spiritual journey that only musical instruments can go.

For more than 40 years, we have been blessed by the musical offerings of our ensemble-in-residence, Emmanuel Music. From September to May, the players and singers of this unique group – some of the finest musicians in New England – offer a variety of sacred music, from Bach cantatas to motets written expressly for Emmanuel Music by such modern composers as John Harbison and James Primosch. To a newcomer, seeing the chancel set up for an orchestra during the post-communion hymn might look like preparations for a performance. However, for both the musicians and the congregation, it is an offering and an invitation to go deeper into the mystery of the divine.

At the heart and soul of our music program are Ryan Turner, who plays a dual role as Music Director of Emmanuel Church and Artistic Director of Emmanuel Music, and Organist and Chapel Choir Director, Kevin Neel. See also the History of Music of Emmanuel.