Kensington Arts Center - Music
Like many Episcopal parishes, at Emmanuel, music plays an important role. We take great pride in traditional worship while meeting the diverse needs of our children's choir and youth ensemble. The beauty of our sanctuary and its fine acoustics make Emmanuel an ideal venue for concerts. It's surrounding buildings make up the Kensington Art Center, a community space for arts and music education.
Contact: George Tarasuk
Our regularly scheduled rehearsals are held every Wednesday at 7:00 PM
Emmanuel's Adult Choir has been singing for over one-hundred years. They are noted for having performed much of the best choral compositions written for the Church. Presently they sing at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday and on major Holy Days. They are a very dedicated group of nearly twenty men and women who see singing in the choir as a ministry to the parish. They rehearse September through May on Wednesday evenings in the Choir Room from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m.
Do you enjoy singing at Mass, in the car, or even in the shower? Why not consider joining Emmanuel's Adult Choir? The Adult Choir is always looking for enthusiastic people of all voice types who love to sing and who would like to participate. Music adds so much to the Liturgy, adding another dimension to the prayer of the community. Singing has a long history in our worship, starting with King David, who composed the Psalms. Come and join us and help to keep the tradition of beautiful music at Emmanuel alive and well!
Children's Choir and Youth Ensemble
Contact: George Tarasuk
The Children’s Choir is a great way for your child to actively participate in the liturgy! The Children’s Choir sings approximately four liturgies per year. Rehearsals are on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. for children in grades 1 - 6 and are incorporated into the religious education program at Emmanuel. George Tarasuk is joined by Jen Enriquez and Ben Nesler from the Religious Education program who assist in this group's direction.
The Youth Ensemble consists of several young singers, and instrumentalists. The ensemble leads the assembly in song at approximately four liturgies per year. The group is led by George Tarasuk and is open to anyone in grades 7 - 12 who can sing or play an instrument. The Youth Ensemble rehearses on three Sundays every other month and are joined by LaGrange classical guitarist and educator, Jason Deroche.
These groups are are important to our church for many reasons. Primarily, they encourage children to take an active role in the liturgy. Participating in the children's choir will not only teach your children to sing correctly, but it will foster in them, a deeper understanding of Anglican liturgy, and music's role within it. As children get older, graduate, and move on to high school, many enjoy participating with our Youth Ensemble and Adult Choir. This provides the Adult Choir with fresh voices, and somewhat eases the difficult task of recruitment. Lastly, singing is a fun and positive activity that anyone can do. Studies even suggest that children who participate in school music programs get better grades and develop a strong, positive self-image.
Concerts in Emmanuel's Sanctuary
The present building was built in 1925-26 following a fire on December 1, 1924 that destroyed the 1893 church and parish house. The architect for the present building was John "Jack" N. Tilton, Jr. who at the time was with the Marshall and Fox Architects, Chicago. Jack Tilton lived in La Grange and was a member of the parish. Bertram Goodhue and Associates of in New York City, experts in Gothic architecture, were consulting architects. The first service in the new sanctuary was Easter Day, 1926.
The church building is "cathedral" style 12th Century English Gothic. The windows are in keeping with this style of architecture. Just as in medieval cathedrals, the windows and art work are based on scripture and history to tell the story of Christ and the church. Only one window dates from 1926: the east window above the altar. Designed by Harry Wright Goodhue, it depicts the Life of Christ. The remaining windows were done in the 1950s and 60s. These windows were designed by Connick and Associates, Boston, and Henry Willett Glass Studio, Philadelphia. The plan for the windows was developed by Jack Tilton, Architect, Harley W. Mitchell, Buildings and Grounds chairman, and Rectors Rev Everett Carr and Rev Gordon Galaty. There are three windows dedicated to music. These windows are in the choir section of the church and dipict individuals important in developing church music.
Emmanuel is proud to be a musical home to the William Ferris Chorale, Tower Chorale, New Comma Baroque, and the Lyons Township High School Madrigal Singers. Earlier in the year we hosted a special performance by Christ Church Cathedral/Oxford. These and all musical ensembles who perform at Emmanuel all enjoy its grand space, lovely acoustics and Casavant pipe organ.
2017-2018 Concert Events
Hinsdale Chorale Winter Wonder Concert
November 25th, Saturday @ 7pm
November 26th, Sunday @ 3pm
Spring Concert Dates
April 29th, 2018, Sunday @ 3pm
Lyons Township High School Madrigal Concert
December 7th, @7.30pm
William Ferris Chorale Concert
December 17th, Sunday @3pm
New Comma Baroque Ensemble
February 25th, Sunday @3pm