Sunday, March 11, 2018- Bach, Birthdays and Bohemia!
Baroque music ensemble from Boston 4:00 PM
Music on the Corner presents Emily Hale and Friends in a program titled Bach, Birthdays and Bohemia!  Known for her dazzling violin playing, Emily is loved by her many Hartford-area fans. Her Boston-based ensemble includes Emily Hale, Baroque Violin, John McKean, Harpsichord, Ben Swartz, Viola da Gamba and Rachel Abrams, mezzo soprano.
The year 2018 marks the 333rd anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach so it is fitting that we will have works by Bach on the program! We will hear selections from his Hercules cantata as well as his obbligato sonatas for violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord. There will also be music by Francois Couperin in celebration of his 350th birthday.  The program includes works by Buxtehude, von Biber and some other surprises!  The afternoon is sure to delight fans of Baroque/Early/Classical music.
The concert will take place in the historic, acoustically wonderful 200-year-old sanctuary hall of the church.

Admission is free. A free-will offering will be accepted. A meet-the-artists reception with birthday cake will follow the concert. Performers for this concert are:
Mezzo-Soprano Rachel Abrams is an active performer of opera, oratorio, art song and new music based in Connecticut. Recent appearances include: Dido in Dido and Aeneas and the Third Lady in The Magic Flute with Connecticut Lyric Opera, Mercédès in Carmen with Panopera in Northampton, the title role in Iolanthe with the Simsbury Light Opera Company and as an apprentice artist with the Nahant Music Festival where she performed the role of Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore and was the alto soloist in Bach Cantata BWV 94 with members of the Emmanuel Music Orchestra. Rachel has also performed with Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Hartford Opera Theater, Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, North End Music Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) in Boston, Greater Worcester Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera and with the St. Louis Symphony as a member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. When she is not performing, she teaches private voice and piano lessons at her studio in West Hartford.
Cellist Benjamin Swartz has concertized extensively in the U.S. & Europe with a particular emphasis on historically-informed performance, electroacoustic collaboration, and avant-garde contemporary performance practice.  Equally at home on cello, Baroque cello, and viola da gamba, he has gained increasing recognition for multi-instrumental virtuosity spanning the Ars Subtilior to the present day.  Currently a resident of Boston, he performs as cellist with Sound Energy, a string trio dedicated to exploring the energy of sound through the performance of contemporary works by living American composers.  Ben is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (MMus), Peabody Conservatory (BMus), Johns Hopkins University (BA/MA, American history), and was a DAAD Scholar to Germany as well as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow to Amsterdam. His primary teachers were Anner Bylsma & Pieter Wispelwey in Amsterdam, Mats Lidström & Jonathan Manson in London, and Alison Wells & John Moran in Baltimore.  His festival credits include Aspen, Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Lucerne, Manchester, Aldeburgh, Darmstadt, and Aurora.  A much sought-after teacher & clinician in the Boston area, Ben is on faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston, South Shore Conservatory, Ipswich public schools, Northern Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, and during the summer at the Killington Music Festival in Rutland,
John McKean is a harpsichordist and musicologist based in Boston, where he serves on the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Critically acclaimed for his “intelligent” and “precise” playing (The Washington Post) as well as his “sonorous brilliance and thrilling, dance-like energy” (Allgäuer Zeitung), John has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America as both a soloist and a continuo player with numerous noted ensembles and orchestras. John holds degrees in German Studies and Harpsichord Performance from Oberlin College/Conservatory and an advanced performance diploma from the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany). He also holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Cambridge (U.K). For several years he served as an assistant editor of the Oxford University Press journal Early Music. Beyond his musicological work and performing career, John also maintains an active interest in instrument building (he regularly performs on a 17th-century style Flemish harpsichord of his own making), music publishing, typography, and exploring the remote corners of his home state of Maine. For more information, visit:
Emily Hale is a Boston-based violinist specializing in historical performance. She performs with The Sebastians, Grand Harmonie, and has appeared with the Four Nations Ensemble and Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra. In Europe, she has performed with the Early Opera Company, Jeune Orchestra Atlantique, and members of Florilegium, as well as at the London Handel Festival, Valletta International Baroque Festival, St. George’s Hanover Square and the National Gallery (London). Emily won the McKenna Prize for Baroque Music, performed on BBC Chanel 4, was a soloist in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Aston Magna, and viola d’amore soloist with the Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra. A versatile and adventurous musician, she has commissioned new works for period instruments as a founding member of Consort 21. Emily holds an MPerf in Historical Performance with Distinction from the Royal College of Music in London as well as degrees in Violin Performance from Houghton College (BMus) and Penn State University (MMus).

Sunday, March 18 during 10 AM service
Sarah the Fiddler will be accompanying our worship service with the soul-stirring sounds of the Emerald Isle.

 Nationally-known athlete, trauma survivor, Red Cross Spokeswoman and now author Colleen Kelly Alexander to speak at Avon Congregational Church!  On Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 1 PM Ms. Alexander will be coming to tell her inspirational story and to discuss her new memoir Gratitude in Motion. How do you survive being literally run over by a freight truck? She is a lifelong athlete and a motivational speaker. With her indomitable spirit and amazing story of survival, Colleen teaches others how to aim higher, be stronger and use adversity to better themselves and the world.

January 20, 2018 from 10AM-2PM: Kids' Fest!!      


Come in from the cold and have some fun at our kids fest!  Open to the community, and fun for all ages!  We have an exciting program lined up for you. Meet childrens' authors and hear their stories, try our pipe organ, build a structure, participate in a songwriting workshop, make a winter craft, learn to play chimes, join a drumming circle, take a peek at our steeple through a secret passageway!  Take a tour of our pipe organ with music director Dianne Rechel who will let visitors of all ages sit at the keyboards and try the stops. The staff from KidsPlay Children's Museum of Torrington will offer a hands-on construction workshop.  Teddie Bruno, our director of religious education, will lead some crafty activities. Susan Peak, a singer/songwriter will lead an experiential workshop. Leslie Kohnke, our Handbell director will lead a hands-on introduction. Nora Howard, our town historian, will give a steeple tour. Our music room will be the drummers haven- we have some percussion instruments on hand but please feel free to bring your own.

  • 10 AM- Mimi Stevens, author of Maven and the Magic Buttons
  • 10:15-AM Pipe Organ exploration
  • 10:30AM-Drumming Circle
  • 10:30AM- Construction project
  • 11AM- Karin LeFranc, author of I Want to Eat Your Books
  • 11AM- Hand bells
  • 11:30-Songwriting workshop
  • 11:30-Steeple and steeple bells
  • 12 PM- Christine Ieronimo, author of A Thirst for Home
  • 12PM- Drumming Circle 
  • 12PM- Pipe Organ
  • 12:30-Hand bells
  • 12:30-Construction project
  • 1 PM- Donna LeBlanc, author of Sir Walter Farluba
  • 1PM- Pipe Organ
  • 1PM- Songwriting
  • Ongoing winter crafts


Free and open to all. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

December 21, 2017 @ 7 p.m. - The Longest Night/Blue Christmas - A service of healing and hope.

Feeling blue around the holidays?

 Avon Congregational Church invites the community to a Blue Christmas Service of Hope and Light.  This service will recognize that not all experience joy and merriment at this time of year. We welcome those who may be experiencing ill health, a broken relationship or the pain of isolation. We also invite those who feel stressed, anxious or depressed, as well as those struggling with addiction and abuse.  Family, friends and supporters are welcome to attend as well.

This service will offer the space and time to acknowledge the pain that many people experience during this difficult time of year and inspires hope and peace by recognizing that the darkness we experience cannot extinguish our light. All are welcome.

Christmas Eve service, Dec. 24, 2017, 5 p.m. 
Tonight we light the candle of Love and the Christ Candle. Join us for a joy-filled family Christmas Eve service with candlelight, and Lessons and Carols. The choir and musicians will enhance the Christmas Story with traditional music. The service will close with the congregation and choirs lighting their candles while singing Silent Night.

There will be no morning service (10 a.m.) on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. - The Sound of Music comes to Avon!

Please join us at Avon Congregational Church for an uplifting evening of song from this veteran performer of "The Sound of Music" fame. Magic happens whenever Elisabeth von Trapp walks into a room and begins to perform-something rarely seen and distinctly her own. Whether it is her ancestral connections steeped in her family name or her own experience as a conveyor of life's experiences, both in song and words, Elisabeth's concerts are part music/part inspiration.  Elisabeth will have her CD's for sale after the concert, so you might want to pick up several for those on your holiday list!

A meet-the-artist reception will follow. Free-will offering received. This is a fund-raiser for the church music program. Suggested donation: $10

Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7 PM

November 19, 2017 at 7 PM

Avon Congregational Church will host a THANKSGIVING FEAST OF FAITH on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 7 p.m.  All are welcome to this “buffet” of faith practices from many traditions (Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i) as we celebrate and experience the universal spiritual practice of gratitude through music, prayer, sacred texts, singing, meditation… and more! 

Families and children are welcome. Reception to follow.

October 22, 2017 at 4 PM
Avon Congregational Church Choir will be participating in the Reformation Unity Concert taking place at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford. An Interdenominational Festival Chorus will be accompanied by the Salisbury Sinfonietta Orchestra.  On the program are works by JS Bach- Ein Feste Burg, Cesar Franck's Psalm 150, Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony and contemporary choral works.

A 3:15 pm pre-concert lecture by the Reverend Dr. Richard Reifsnyder in the Parish Hall provides background on the conflict between Martin Luther and Pope Leo X and the emerging unity among churches today. Admission to the concert is $25 for adults, $10 for children, youth, and students. Admission is payable at the door, cash or check only, please.

 For further information, please call our music director 860.678.0488 ext. 13

  Martin Luther

Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 4 PM
The Rare Byrds Ensemble from Boston!
This fabulous young ensemble will appear in a concert here at Avon Congregational Church with a program entitled “Lost Love- Music of 18th century France  and 21st century America!” They are tremendously talented players who specialize in music written before 1800.  On the program are works by Rameau, Couperin, Monteclair, de la Guerre, Duphly and a new work composed in French Baroque style for the occasion by ensemble member Albano Berberi.  Their performance will feature works for the Baroque violin, viola da gamba,  elegant 2-manual harpsichord, and voice. The ensemble performs in the Boston area with the Harvard University Baroque Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles.  They look forward to their return engagement in Avon. The ensemble consists of Rebecca Nelson- Baroque violin, Benjamin Rechel-viola da gamba, Albano Berberi-harpsichord, and special guest Katie Boardman, soprano.  They hail from the US, Albania and Germany.  Come be mesmerized and transported to another world by the playing of this exquisite, thoughtful ensemble! Free-will donations accepted. Part of our Concerts on the Corner series.  Meet-the-artists reception to follow.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 10 AM
The Hot Cat Jazz Band will provide music during our service here at ACC. Come and enjoy hymns and spirituals played by this 6-piece ensemble.

Tuesday, August 22 at 6:15 PM

Free Community Drumming Circle

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Avon Congregational Church

6 W. Main St

Avon, CT 06001


Looking for something fun to do on Father’s Day?  Come one and all to a FREE Community Drumming Circle held at Avon Congregational Church in the heart of Avon.  This event is appropriate for all ages, and instruments will be provided.  There will be activities for kids of all ages. You are welcome whether you have never held a drum before, or are a seasoned percussionist.. It will be held rain or shine, with cover available if the weather doesn’t co-operate.

The facilitator will be Alex Casimiro, Associate Director of Bands and a lecturer at the University of New Haven.   Alex is the writer and instructor for the Trash Tones percussion group at Six Flags New England, while also having been an original member of the group. He has taught numerous percussion clinics throughout the United States and Portugal.

No pre-registration necessary.  For questions, please call Dianne Rechel, Director of Music Ministries at 860-678-0488.

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Learn to Read Music- a free series for musician wanna-be's

posted Apr 20, 2017, 5:10 AM by Dianne R   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 11:25 AM ]

Do you like to sing, but only in the shower?
Have you always wondered what it might be like to sing or play an instrument but didn't know where to begin?  The Music Director at ACC invites you to a free series of workshops that will help you strengthen your music-reading skills..  Four Wednesdays May 3,10,17,24 2017 from 6-7 PM in the choir room. We plan to repeat this in 2018!
Come one, come all! Please let the music director know of your interest by emailing her:


posted Feb 10, 2017, 8:45 PM by Dianne R   [ updated Oct 11, 2017, 8:52 PM ]

Upcoming events at ACC

posted Jan 20, 2017, 7:00 AM by Dianne R   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 7:52 PM ]

Bach Birthday Bash

Sunday, March 12 2017, 3 p.m., Sanctuary
Admission: Free

In celebration of the birthday of the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach, the Music Ministries here at ACC invites you to a concert of Bach's music. Area musicians will perform works by this great Master. Please join us following the concert for a reception with a Bach Birthday Cake! The concert is free and open to the public although a free-will offering will be accepted.

Dixieland Stomp at our Shrove Service
Sunday February 26 2017- 10 AM. Our joyous Shrove Sunday service with Dixieland Stomp. Come sing along and tap your feet to these favorite tunes as we celebrate Mardi Gras, Avon Style! Dixieland Stomp is a six-piece traditional band playing as part of our worship service. Meet the musicians afterward at our social reception.

Show Your Love with a Valentine

Saturday, February 11, Fellowship Hall

Show your appreciation for our local firefighters and police officers by making them valentines on Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in Fellowship Hall. Card making supplies will be provided along with refreshments. Visit with Avon police and firefighters. Sponsored by the Outreach Ministry of Avon Congregational Church. Bring a friend! 

Hymn Sing
Sunday, February 19, 2017 4 p.m., Sanctuary
Admission: Free

Do you love to sing hymns? Come to a joyous Hymn Sing and raise your voice with all of us!. Members of the community as well as other congregations are invited. If you have favorite hymns you'd like to sing, please email the titles to The church has ample copies of several hymnals (Pilgrim, Methodist, The Faith We Sing), but if you have others, bring them along. We will enjoy a social reception afterward.


Sound Healings
Sunday, January 29, 2017 3 p.m., Sanctuary

An interactive workshop on Sound Healing will be hosted by the Music Ministries at Avon Congregational Church. Come to this experiential workshop and learn about the history behind, and benefits of, Sound Healing. Dan Connors will play the didgeridoo to demonstrate sound healing as a therapeutic practice. It will put your body into a new rhythm. Edie Jemiola uses quartz crystal bowls and her voice to re-establish whole body well-being. Admission is free with a reception to follow.

Sound Healing is an ancient therapeutic practice that helps re-establish a peaceful connection between the mind, the body, and the soul by shifting energy in and around the body. Find out more at an introductory Sound Healing workshop with two experienced practitioners.

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