Let us teach “new songs” and revive old ones, enabling our choirs and congregations to “sing with understanding.”  We can make wonderful music in our sanctuaries. – Alice Parker

Join us on Sunday, October 22 at 10 am when one of America’s most celebrated composers and song leaders, Alice Parker will teach and direct both familiar and new music for worship.  The CLC Choir has frequently sung Alice’s original compositions and arrangements.  Most recently, the Choir has been regularly singing hymns from her recently published THE MELODIOUS ACCORD HYMNAL, and several of those hymns, and hymns from the ELW, will be included in the service.

Alice is at heart a teacher who seeks to include everyone in the joy of communal singing.  Her community “sings” are world famous.  She truly seeks to create “communities of sound through singing.”

At 9 am, we invite singers to join  Alice in a rehearsal of music for the service, including her choral arrangement of “Come thou fount of every blessing” which will serve as the Offertory Music.  Please contact Music Director, Tom Berryman at musicdirector@christnatick.org if you would like to attend the rehearsal and participate in the choir for the service.

Brief Biography

Composer, conductor and teacher Alice Parker was born in Boston, MA in 1925.   A graduate of Smith College and the Juilliard School, she has led an active life of composing, conducting and teaching focused on melody and on the human voice.  Her own compositions include

four operas, more than forty-five cantatas, many choral suites and hundreds of anthems and settings of folk songs, hymns and spirituals.

In 1985 she founded Melodious Accord, Inc., which sponsors concerts by a professional chamber chorus, educational opportunities, SINGS, and her personal appearances.  She has published several books including The Anatomy of Melody, and The Melodious Accord Hymnal as well as over a dozen recordings.  She is the recipient of many honors and awards including 6 honorary doctorates.