Donald C. Horneff, Director of Music
Jamie H. Brown, Choir Director

Emmanuel has a diversified music program with opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and musical interests—chancel choir, women’s choir, handbells, praise band, and brass (as scheduled). 

Opportunities for special music (vocalists and instrumentalists) are available on the 5th Sundays and during the holidays, summer, and throughout the church year.

Chancel Choir
Open to HS students through adults
Rehearsals - Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM
Sings a variety of music for worship 
on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Sundays

2016 Cantata Choir
"Joy! A Gospel Celebration" -  Joel Raney

Open to all voices
Rehearsals - Thursdays, appx. 7:45 PM
Begin October 6 and continue through December 11
Dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 10
Performed at Emmanuel on Dec 11, 10:30 AM

Voce a cappella Choir
Open to all voices
Rehearsals - 2nd and 4th Sundays, 12-1 PM
Sings at worship on the 3rd Sunday

Women's Choir
Open to women of all ages
Rehearsals - 1st and 3rd Sundays, 12-1 PM
Sings at worship on the 2nd Sunday

"Emmanuel Ringers" - Handbell Choir
Open to HS students through adults
Rehearsals - Thursdays, 6-6:50 PM
Rings at worship on the 4th Sunday

"Emmanuel Jam" - Praise Band
Open to youth and adults who enjoy
singing/playing contemporary Christian music
Rehearsals - 1st and 2nd Sundays
at 9:15-9:45 AM
Provides music for worship 
on the 2nd Sunday

"Emmanuel Brass"
Open to youth and adults who enjoy
playing brass instruments/music

Rehearsed and scheduled as needed

The Children's Handbell Choir
Open to children and youth, ages 3-13
Rehearses during Sunday School

If you would like more information about Music at Emmanuel, please leave a message for Don Horneff at (717) 632-8281 or email

Don Horneff is a versatile musician on organ, piano, harpsichord and a Clavinova.  He enjoys playing many styles of  music.

Don grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ where his family promoted music. He received a degree in music education at Elizabethtown College (PA) and taught instrumental music in Carroll County Public Schools (MD).  He also performed for 17 years in a variety of musical settings throughout the mid-Atlantic region with Music by Just Us. He was also a recording artist for PianoDisc.  In 1981 he began operating a piano tuning and rebuilding service which he continues to maintain in MD and PA.

Since 1991, Don has been a member of the McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) music faculty teaching piano lab, harpsichord, electronic music (MIDI), and brass pedagogy. Don performs frequently with Chamber Music on the Hill in residence at McDaniel College, and regularly joins David Kreider in selections for two pianos.
Don is a member of AGO (American Guild of Organists).


Ms. Jamie Brown found joy in most aspects of music coursework at York College—music theory, pedagogy, music history, instrumental and  choral conducting, and music analysis—but conducting became her passion!

Building a career in the classroom for the past  12 years, Jamie has experienced challenge and success. Most recently a high school instrumental and vocal music teacher at North Carroll High School in Hampstead, MD, Jamie has worked with different ages and levels of students—elementary, middle and high school.  Currently a music teacher at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown, MD Jamie is often reminded of what it takes to "grow a musician". She values her role in facilitating growth and she gives ownership in the final performance.  Jamie 
likes the feeling of producing music from notes on paper—bringing voices together in harmony to make full sounds.

In December, Ms. Brown directs the community orchestra for the Annual Carol Sing at Emmanuel.  In March 2012, she was guest conductor of the Hanover Symphony Orchestra for "A Night at the Carnival".
  In June 2014, she conducted the choir at the Penn Central Conference annual meeting in Selinsgrove, PA.

Requests for Anthem Dedications
It has become a tradition at Emmanuel to dedicate an anthem in memory or in honor of someone. If you anticipate a special event during the coming year and would like to make a named gift of music sung by our choirs or played by handbells, please contact Don Horneff or Barb in the church office.



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