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Music + Community

Music Performance & Education in Fairfield County

 

Music performance and education for all

Through our choruses, handbell choirs, and workshops, we gather to make beautiful music under the dynamic leadership of artistic directors Ellen Dickinson and David H. Connell.

Founded in 2011, Music on the Hill is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Our Mission

To encourage music performance and music education for all ages.

To foster the artistic growth of participants and strive for excellence.

To inspire and enrich the community with high-caliber musical offerings.

Location

WEPCO Church Complex

48 New Canaan Rd.

Wilton, CT 06897

 

203.529.3133

 

Mailing Address

PO Box 1231

Weston, CT 06883

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Our Ensembles


Music on the Hill's ensembles meet on a project basis, allowing musicians to commit to a four to six week cycle of rehearsals at a time.


Summer Chorus

Each July, singers from across the region assemble for our Summer Chorus to perform a major choral work.

Summer Chorus is our largest ensemble and is open to all without audition.

If you've thought about joining us, Summer Chorus is a great time to start.


Festival Chorus

Festival Chorus is a 40-voice choir for experienced singers, and is open to all without audition.

Festival Chorus has performed major choral works, as well as themed concerts, all rooted in a love of singing.

The artistically enriching and challenging repertoire is enjoyed by new and experienced singers alike.


Chamber Chorus

Chamber Chorus is a 16-voice professional vocal ensemble with a varied repertoire spanning the centuries.

Each year at their fall and spring concerts, their versatility of style delights and transports audiences.

To audition, please email info@musiconthehillct.org.


Jubilate Ringers

Jubilate Ringers is a skilled, amateur handbell ensemble, performing advanced repertoire and techniques.

Jubilate Ringers performs throughout the year including at the popular Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert.

To audition, please email info@musiconthehillct.org.


Join Us!

To join Summer Chorus or Festival Chorus, or to request an audition for Chamber Chorus or Jubilate Ringers, please email info@musiconthehillct.org.

 
 

Our Artistic Directors



Ellen Dickinson

Ellen Dickinson has been the founding director of nine different ensembles, including the Jubilate Ringers (2006) and the Summer Chorus (2003). She was Director of Music at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston for 11 years. An active carillon recitalist and teacher, Ms. Dickinson is College Carillonneur at Trinity College in Hartford and director of the carillon program at Yale University.

Ms. Dickinson holds a B.A. in music from Yale College and the Master of Music in Organ Performance from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music.


David H. Connell

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David H. Connell is Director of Music & Worship Arts at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston, and directs the Choral Music program at the North Carolina Governor’s School West in Winston-Salem. Throughout the 1990s he taught at the Yale School of Music and directed the Yale Glee Club, touring across America and around the world. He was the founding director of the Yale Alumni Chorus, and led that group in tours of China, Russia, and Great Britain.

Dr. Connell holds the D.M.A. from Yale, having earned his B.Mus. at the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts..


 
 

Our Board of directors


Debbie Handler (President)

Ms. Handler holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College of Music and a Master of Music degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is the author of Playing the Guitar, published by the Excelsior Music Publishing Co. She has studied classical guitar with Frederic Hand, and has performed in master classes given by Eliot Fisk and Oscar Ghiglia. Ms. Handler is director of the handbell choir at the Unitarian Church in Westport, where she also sings in several choirs. She is also a member of the Jubilate Ringers and the Weston Summer Chorus.


Carol Bogard (First Vice President)

Ms. Bogard is a chorister, handbell ringer, pianist, former high school teacher, and mother of three girls living in Wilton. She holds a Masters of English Education from the University of Chicago. She served on the board of Chicago Community Midwives, co-chaired the Midwifery Task Force, and directed public relations for Chicago's 1994 International Midwifery Conference. She helped to establish the Chorus Music Boosters at Wilton High School and led that group for two years. She is a member of the Sanctuary Choir at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston, the Norfield Handbell Choir, and the Jubilate Ringers.


Rachel Dorset (Second Vice President)

Ms. Dorset holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Smith College and works as a drug discovery chemist at FORMA Therapeutics in Branford. Her handbell career started at Smith College where she was also captain of the swim team. She rings with the Jubilate Ringers as well as Southport Congregational Church and enjoys performing handbell solos. Rachel lives in Stratford and enjoys spending time with her family and her two Boston Terriers.


Jane Gordon (Secretary)

Ms. Gordon received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has held local, regional, and national offices in the Embroiderer's Guild of America, Inc., an educational non-profit organization with 10,000 members, and is active in her local chapter. An avid amateur musician, she sings in the Norfield Congregational Church Sanctuary Choir and plays with the Norfield Handbell Choir and Jubilate Ringers.


Jim Miller (Treasurer)

Mr. Miller is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. He retired from Union Carbide Corporation as Associate Director of Unipol Licensing Services. He served as president, treasurer, and concert manager of the Victoria Bach Festival in Victoria, Tex. for nine years, and sang in that group's Festival Chorus. He also served as the president of the Victoria Cultural Council. He serves as First Selectman's representative on the Water Pollution Control Commission in Redding, where he lives. An avid golfer, he sings in the Sanctuary Choir and plays in the Handbell Choir at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston, as well as in the Jubilate Ringers.


Sarah Bleasdale-Coleman

Sarah Bleasdale-Coleman, long time singer with Music on the Hill in both the chamber and festival ensembles, holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Arizona School of Music. She is an AGMA member, apprenticed with Dicapo Opera and Sarasota Opera, and studied with the Atlantic Theater Company. She has enjoyed a long theatrical career singing opera, operetta and musical theater. She has soloed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and is a soloist on the Naxos label’s complete Messiah with Trinity Choir and on the Israeli Philharmonic’s recording of Bloch’s Sacred Service recorded live in Jerusalem. Sarah lives in Stamford with her family, where she is active as a volunteer with several local organizations.


Kirby Klump

Born in Indiana and brought up in Michigan, Mr. Klump holds a B.S. degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago. He has worked as a chemist at the University of Southern California; the GTE Laboratories in Bayside, Queens; and the Mellon Institute at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He also worked as a software engineer for Norden Systems in East Norwalk. Growing up, he played clarinet and sang in church choir, and he now sings with the Festival Chorus and Summer Chorus. Mr. Klump lives in Ridgefield with his wife, Louise Klump, and has one grown daughter, Anna Klump Pilston.


Wendy Levy

Wendy Levy is a clinical and forensic psychologist in Westport and Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine.  She graduated from College of William and Mary and Columbia University, and holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University.  Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she began singing in choirs from a young age. In the U.S. she sang with New York’s Collegiate Chorale and St. Cecilia Chorus. In Connecticut she has been singing with the Westport Unitarian Church choirs since 2000.  She began singing with the (pre) Music on the Hill Summer Festival Chorus in 2005, and is now an integral member of the Festival Chorus.  


Shelby Miller

Ms. Miller holds music degrees from Butler Univerisity and Valparaiso University, and is an active performer, teacher, and director of vocal, piano, and organ music. She was a founding member of the Victoria Bach Festival in Victoria, TX, and directed and performed with that group for ten years. She has sung with the Wilton Singers, and for 15 years with the Songspinners. She currently sings in the Sanctuary Choir and plays in the Handbell Choir at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston. She sings in the Festival Chorus and plays with the Jubilate Ringers for Music on the Hill. Ms. Miller lives in Redding.


Diane Moller

Ms. Moller has a B.S. degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University and a M.A. in Educational Technology with a certification as a School Library Media Specialist from Fairfield University. Her varied career has included owning a small business, head teacher of a nursery school and her current position as a school librarian. She has served as committee chair of the music committee at the Unitarian Church in Westport and was one of the original members of their bell choir. She now enjoys learning and performing with the Jubilate Bell Choir.


Tracy Pennoyer (Founding President)

Ms. Pennoyer graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and holds a PhD. in Clinical Psychology from New York University. She is a clinical psychologist in Westport, where she works in private practice and in independent schools. She is the president of the William C. Bullitt Foundation and former chair of the Board of Music at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston. She has lived in Weston since 1994 with her husband, John Auchincloss, and her children, Emily and James.


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