For over 250 years, members of the faith congregation known as "Emmanuel" have faithfully served the Hanover community.

Our concert series serves as an outreach to Hanover and surrounding communities to introduce them to the beauty of Emmanuel United Church of Christ and to offer them the unique gifts of music presented here. 

All concerts are free and open to the public--made possible by generous donors.  Free-will offerings are graciously received.  A dessert reception follows each concert to give attendees the opportunity to meet and greet the performing artists.





    Sunday, September 24, 3 PM
John Bullard, banjo
Markus Compton, keyboards

​"Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art"

John Bullard has gained international attention for his work in developing and transcribing classical repertoire for the five-string banjo. In 2005, he became the first classical banjoist to graduate from Virginia Common-wealth University’s Department of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Critically acclaimed CD releases by Bullard include John Bullard—The Classical Banjo and Bach on the Banjo. Music from John’s recordings has been included in several feature films such as the DreamWorks animated film The Rise of the Guardians and the award-winning The Edge of Heaven. His newest release, Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art, is the summation of his life’s work. This album presents a variety of tone color, beautifully executed ornamentation, and sensitive interpretations. The pieces are fragile and intimate, peaceful and austere.
Markus Compton, keyboardist, is no stranger to the music scene in metropolitan Washington, DC, Richmond and the Williamsburg (VA) areas.  He is a Fulbright scholar having studied German Lieder and French Melodie at the Musickvrein in Vienna, Austria.
He has performed at the National Gallery of Art, Carnegie Hall, the White House, and in a collaborative recital with Peter Schikele (PDQ Bach). Currently, Markus is the Artistic Director for the Richmond Choral Society and serves as Director of Music and Pianist at Hebron Presbyterian Church, in Manakin-Sabot, VA. He also serves on the staff at Collegiate School where he teaches private piano.


Sunday, October 22, 3 PM
John Maurer, trumpet 

John Maurer is recognized as an “exhilarating, very versatile trumpet performer and educator" (Jose Sibaja, lead trumpet, Boston Brass). Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John graduated as the trumpet graduate assistant at the Pennsylvania State University with his master’s degree in Trumpet Performance as well as receiving his bachelor's degree in Music Education with a concentration in Trumpet Performance from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. 
John had the honor of studying under such trumpet players as Larry Davidson, Dr. Langston J. Fitzgerald, III, Jumaane Smith, Dr. N. Keith Wiley, Jose Sibaja and Wynton Marsalis. 
John has performed in various venues around North America, ranging from the Arizona Biltmore, the Lincoln Center -­‐ Alice Tully Hall to the Curtis Institute of Music in Pennsylvania and the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada where he performed for the Brass Residency in 2010 and 2012. 
John has conducted a number of residencies and masterclasses in many renowned colleges and universities such as SUNY -­‐ Purchase, University of Richmond, Weber State University in Ogden, Utah and Arkansas State University where he performed the premiere of Peter Meechan's  "Orpheus" with a combo orchestration. In March 2014, John was selected as a  semi-­finalist for the “National Trumpet Competition". 
John has shared the stage and recorded with many known musicians and ensembles such as Jens Lindemann, Howard Johnson, Awadagin Pratt, Eddie Henderson, Slide Hampton, Les Brown, Jr., Dan Tepfer, Sharon Little, Saint Elouise, the New Age Brass, Andy Mowatt's Steely Jam, PRIZM DUO and the Agora Brass Ensemble. John has been privileged to perform as a soloist for public figures such as The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex as well as  representing his home city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by performing the United States of America, "National Anthem" in Citizens Bank Park for the Philadelphia Phillies. 
Recently, John held the trumpet chair at the “American Music Theatre" located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 2015-­‐2016. 
In May 2014 and 2015, John was given the opportunity to travel and perform in a musical and cultural exploration tour of Cuba. While there, John traveled from Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad and Havana, performing with musicians from Cuba and the United States of America. 
John exclusively uses “Pickett Brass" mouthpieces and “Gard Bags”. He currently holds the position as Teaching Artist for the historic Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York while also being the  head of the trumpet studio and instructing private music lessons at the Milford School of Music in Milford.


Sunday, November 12, 3 PM
Trio Sirènes—flute, viola, and harp
Marcia Kamper, Karin Brown,
and Jacqueline Pollauf

*Sponsored by Sandy Rebert

Trio Sirènes, comprised of flutist Marcia Kämper, violist Karin Brown and harpist Jacqueline Pollauf, enjoys pushing boundaries and highlighting the diverse sonic possibilities of their wind, string and percussion instruments. Trio Sirènes seeks to create innovative programs by presenting standard repertoire, works by contemporary composers, and transcriptions from earlier time periods. Based in Baltimore MD, the trio performs throughout the East Coast, including regular appearances on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music by Candlelight Series. Dedicated to education for youth of all ages, they have performed for students at the Community College of Baltimore County; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and in special concerts for babies and toddlers on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Box Series.


Sunday, December 17, 7 PM
107th Annual Carol Sing
A Hanover Tradition:
Christmas carols sung and their stories (re)told
by Steve McKonly and Landy Grimm
Accompanied by a community orchestra
Directed by Jamie H. Brown

Saturday, February 10, 7 PM
Michael Britt, organ with classic film

​"Seventh Heaven"
A silent romantic drama

*Sponsored by Judy K. Morris

Michael Britt is most familiar with composing music for the classics and remains in high demand as a silent film accompanist at regional theaters and for chapters of the American Guild of Organists and the American Theatre Organ Society. Michael serves as minister of music and organist at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD. He was 8-years-old when he first heard the pipe organ – and it happened to be an accompaniment to a silent film. He later took the route of sacred music and the art of silent film accompaniment, studying organ improvisation/  sacred music at the Peabody Conservatory.


Sunday, March 11, 3 PM
Don Horneff & David Kreider
"Pianos in Paradise"
​Featuring the music of Claude Bolling and Ferrante & Teicher

*Sponsored by Ann Wilkinson

David Kreider is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he was a scholarship student of Konrad Wolff. After receiving the Master of Music degree from Peabody, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Vienna, where he studied piano with Hans Kann and Hans Graf. David has presented recitals in London, Vienna, Ecuador and Carnegie Recital Hall (NYC). He also performed solo concerts and with The Westminster Trio at Emmanuel UCC. Together with Don Horneff, David often performs selections for two pianos for Chamber Music on the Hill in residence at McDaniel College.
Don Horneff moves with ease from one keyboard to another and he genuinely enjoys playing many different styles of music. In 2014 Don performed Rigaudon by Andre Campra on organ with The Eastman Trombone Choir of The Eastman School of Music (NY) and harpsichord with the Washington Cornet and Sackbutt Ensemble. As director of music at Emmanuel UCC, Don can be found ringing handbells or playing their magnificent 4 manual 52-rank organ, grand piano, and Clavinova.


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