The Emmanuel United Church of Christ Community Concert Series for 2017-2018 has concluded. Thank you to all those who attended the events and contributed to the season. Planning is already underway for the 2018-2019 series.


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 Judith K. Morris

Michael Britt, a Baltimore (MD) native, began piano studies with Gwendolyn Logston. At age 12, Michael entered the Peabody Preparatory School where he studied piano with Joyze Sutherland, James Warthen and organ with Gretchen Benchoff. In 1979 Michael entered the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he studied organ with Dr. Paul L. Davis and Improvisation/Sacred Music with Arthur Rhea. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance having been the recipient of the Richard L. Phelps Award and a three-time recipient of the Richard Ross Award for organ. In 1980, Michael became the Associate Organist at the Shrine of the Little Flower and in 1981, was appointed Minister of Music where he served for nearly 26 years. In 1984 Michael was a finalist in the Arthur Poister competition in Syracuse, New York. Further studies have been with Thomas Spacht, Donald Sutherland, John Rose and John Walker.


As well as being a frequent recitalist of classical organ literature, Michael is a performer of theatre organ music and is in demand throughout the country as a silent film accompanist, performing for chapters of the American Theatre Organ Society and most recently, for the Region III-American Guild of Organists Convention in Baltimore. He has been featured on Maryland Public Television and other televised presentations on the theatre pipe organ and Maryland’s Free State Theatre Organ Society. In 1998, Michael was invited to perform at Baltimore’s Senator Theatre where he accompanied five silent films for the National Film Registry Tour, which was sponsored in part by the Library of Congress. Mr. Britt has also performed at the Palace Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio; The Paramount Theatre in Anderson, Indiana; The Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Virginia as well as performances at the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. In 2002, Michael was invited to perform a series of concerts on the recently restored Aeolian pipe organ installed at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2005, Michael was invited to Princeton University to accompany the silent film classic, “Phantom of the Opera” at the University Chapel where recently, he completed his twelfth performance of this annual event.


In May of 2009, Michael gave a recital on the great Cavaille-Coll organ at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris and studied organ at the Conservatory with Marie-Louise Langlais.


In his career as a sacred musician, Michael has been active in commissioning new music for organ, choir and congregation. He was one of the founders of the Baltimore Archdiocesan Choir and served as Co-Director for four years.


In June of 2012, Michael was appointed Minister of Music and organist at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also on the faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County and serves as Assistant Organist at Beth-El Congregation as well as house organist at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, MD.


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.

Also featuring:

Alex Weber is a bass player and composer that lives in Baltimore, MD.

In 2007, Alex enrolled in the Jazz program at Towson University and was introduced to the acoustic bass, which he also quickly became attached to. While he was there, he studied bass under Jeff Reed and improvisation with Jim McFalls and Dave Ballou while also studying with visiting artists such as Drew Gress, Ellery Eskelin, and Mark Dresser. He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance.

During this time Alex also began his career as a freelancing musician playing jazz in local bars and restaurants. This has now spread out into him performing many differing styles of music including jazz, rock/funk, blues, fusion, bluegrass/country, folk and classical.

Alex joined the progressive metal band Exist in 2008 to cover bass and vocal duties and has since recorded two albums with them, the 2010 EP “In Mirrors” and their debut album “Sunlight” in 2013. Exist has recently released their 2ndrecord entitlted “So True, So Bound” through Prosthetic Records and toured with the legendary Canadian death metal group Gorguts in support of it. Other various tours are in the works for 2018.

He also plays in the local jazz/metal fusion group Talking Points who released their debut album in 2016 and in December of 2013, he joined Phil Cunneff's New Trio that plays many of the various forms of jazz. Early that year he also toured all of North America with Jeff Loomis' group that performs music from his two solo albums.

Besides having experience teaching privately and at The Music Space, Alex became an adjunct faculty at McDaniel university in the fall of 2016 where he is teaching electric and double bass.


John "JW" Sayre, percussionist, is a Maryland native who recently returned home with his family after living out-of-state for a decade.  He graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in 2003.  In 2006 John joined the U.S. Air Force where he spent the next 10 years performing as a military musician with USAF bands in Dayton, OH and Hampton, VA.  Thankful for the colorful career he has had thus far, John has performed at the Kennedy Center, the 2012 Super Bowl opening ceremonies, from the back of a tobacco wagon on a Kentucky farm, and outfitted with a flak jacket and helmet in the Middle East.


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