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Make A Joyful Noise!
Music at Avon Congregational Church

Music has always played an important role in worship at our church. Sunday and Holiday services are made joyful by the performances of combined choir, organ, hand bells and instruments.

*Sue Smith is a long-time member of ACC. Since the mid 70's she has served at various times as Director of Music, Co-Director of Music, Organist and Associate Director and as an Interim. Sue has been playing in church since she was a teenager. She was a music major at Smith College, and graduated Magna Cum Laud, Phi Beta Kappa with two prizes for music performance.  Her husband, Bon, a long-time member of the choir, is an organ builder and recently upgraded the ACC Austin Organ. For more about Sue, go to www.susanksmith.com

*Karly DeAngelo received her undergraduate degree from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford in music education with a vocal emphasis. She is originally from Hampden, Massachusetts where she was a cantor and section leader at local churches. She is currently teaching general music, Kindergarten through fifth grade, and fourth and fifth grade choir. She is very excited to be a part of Avon Congregational Church. Karly will be working with the Celebration Ringers, with children and serving as a cantor for our blended worship music.

The "Gallery Singers," our adult choir, welcomes all singers, high school age to ?. The choir sings a variety of musical styles including traditional, spirituals, and contemporary. Flexible arrangements for attendance can be worked out by speaking with the Choir Director. Children and youth are also incorporated into the service.

The church owns a 5 octave set of English-style hand-bells. The Celebration Ringers is our adult handbell choir and welcomes ringers from high school age and up. The group rehearses weekly and performs monthly, in addition to joining with the singing choirs for holiday performances.

Console of the 2 Manual/13 Rank Austin Pipe Organ Expanded & Modernized in 2009 by Austin Organ Service Company (Bon Smith)

The  two-manual pipe organ was built especially for the church by the Austin Organ Company in 1965. The organ received a significant upgrade in 2008.

A Baldwin concert grand graces the Fellowship Hall, which is used for recitals and special programs. In addition to the historic steeple bell, the church tower houses a Schulmerich Carillon.

"The Faith We Sing". The church recently purchased a supplement to the regular hymnal which contains contemporary hymns and songs. The new hymns have been introduced gradually and have enlivened our services. Karly DeAngelo leads new songs with her clear and lovely soprano voice which enhances the experience.

The ACC Music Team

Sue Smith, Director of Music Ministries, Organist & Choir Director (Jump to Bio)
Email - Personal Website

Karly DeAngelo, Associate in Music Ministries, Adult Bells and Children's Music (Jump to Bio)

Look at the Monthly Newsletter for information upcoming events. 


Gallery Singers Adult Choir
Thursday at 7:00 pm
Sunday at  9:00 am

Celebration Ringers
Adult Bell Choir
Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Folk Choir
Rehearses at Various Times

Children's Choir

Sunday after Church
in the Music Room

Youth Choir & Instrumentalists
Scheduled Periodically

Leo Boswell Memorial Worship Series. The "Boswell Services" are an an endowed series of alternative worship services held periodically with guest musicians and performers. The series was established in the memory of a gentleman who was well-loved by all and served in the choir for decades. For the 2013-2014 program year the following events are planned or have occurred:

* The Rhythm of Faith (Nov. 24) featuring guest performers

* A Celtic Christmas (Dec. 15) featuring the Celticity Singers

* Mardi Gras (Mar. 2) featuring the Brass City Brass and Gospel/New Orleans style music

*TBA - Spring/Summer 2014