The church maintains several fine instruments, a testament to the long-standing tradition of musical excellence at CPC. The instruments are intended for the purposes of teaching, aiding in worship by supporting both choir and congregation in song, and ultimately, glorifying God.
Pipe Organ - The church houses a 1967, two manual, electro-pneumatic pipe organ built by the Aeolian-Skinner company, one of the last instruments built by the company before its closing in 1972.
The organ is comprised of 25 ranks and 1,527 pipes. The unexposed pipes are encased behind accoustical screening along the back wall of the chancel. The instrument has undergone several cleanings and refurbishments, including tonal additions by the Robert Turner and Petty-Madden organ companies. The instrument is maintained by Emery Bros., Inc. of Quakertown, PA. The organ's stop list is below:
8' Rohr Flöte
4' Koppel Flöte
8' Viole de Gambe
8' Voix Céleste
8' Krumm Horn
4' Rohr Schalmei
1 1/3 Quint Flöte
4' Rohr Flöte
4' Rohr Schalmei (Swell)
8' Fagott (Bassoon)
16' Fagott (Bassoon)
16' Sub Bass
Music at Mountainside Community Presbyterian Church
The music ministry at Community Presbyterian Church is devoted to enhancing our worship experience as we offer psalms, songs, and instrumental anthems in praise of our Lord.
Our music department consists of several ensembles: the Children's Choir, Youth Choir, Adult Chancel Choir, and Handbell Choir. All ensembles are comprised of volunteers from the church and community.
Throughout the year, the ensembles present special services and programs in addition to their participation in our Sunday worship services.
One of the goals of our music program is to educate the members of our ensembles on the many facets of music, from musical technique, to history, to performance practice, thereby giving individuals the tools to better understand the multi-dimensional gift of music and in so doing, garner a deeper appreciation for the historical and spiritual connection between sacred music and worship.
Children and adults alike are exposed to the great choral literature of the western musical tradition, including works by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and others. Their ever-expanding repertoire also includes works by composers and arrangers of American hymnody and Southern gospel music.
In the fall of 2008, a generous bequest was made in memory of the late Patrick Clynes by his wife, Kathy. The Patrick Clynes Memorial Collection added some additional 8,000 titles to our existing musical library, and we are most grateful for this priceless gift.
Children's Choir - Available for ages 3 years and older, the Children's Choir rehearses on Sundays after worship service, and prepares songs to sing during occasional worship services (currently several times per year).
Chancel Choir - The Chancel Choir is comprised of volunteers from the church and the community. The choir is open to adults and high school students. Rehearsals are held each Thursday from 7:30 PM - 9 PM. In addition to providing choral anthems for Sunday morning worship services, the Chancel Choir presents additional seasonal concerts and services as programmed by the Pastor and Music Director.
Handbell Choir - The Handbell Choir is comprised of volunteers from the congregation. The choir rehearses each Thursday evening from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. The handbell choir participates in special seasonal services, such as All Saints' Day, Christ the King Sunday, Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter, in addition to other services as programmed by the Music Director.
Roland 5000 - The Roland 5000 is a digital keyboard of 88 keys with a maximum polyphony of 16 voices and presets for pianos, harpsichord, clavichord and electric piano. It was a gift from the Britton family.
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Community Presbyterian Church
1459 Deer Path
Mountainside, NJ 07092
Sanctuary Piano - The sanctuary piano is a model "M" Steinway & Sons baby grand and was bequeathed to the church by a private donor. The piano, originally painted white, was refurbished in 2004, when its beautiful red mahogany encasing was exposed and refinished. The piano is primarily used to accompany soloists and choirs, although it is sometimes used as a solo instrument.
Handbells - The church's handbell carillon is comprised of a 4 1/2 octave set of Schulmerich handbells, along with 2 octaves of Schulmerich chimes.
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