Under the direction of Larry J. Carey, the choir of the Peapack Reformed Church sings during the 10 a.m. worship service every Sunday, September through the beginning of June, and at special services and concerts throughout the year. Choir rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30 until 9 and on Sunday mornings at 9:15.
The choir repertoire encompasses all periods of classical music from the 16th to the 21st centuries, as well as music from Sing! A New Creation and Sing the Faith song books. From time to time there is handbell or instrumental accompaniment.
The church is blessed with the financial resources to hire section leaders who provide a strong vocal core for the choir:
Soprano Katherine Harris, a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, has received critical acclaim in a variety of operatic and concert roles both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to teaching privately in her home in Basking Ridge (www.melodiastudionj.com), she is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Adjunct Professor of Voice at Kean University in Union.
Alto Anne Hampson, also an Oberlin graduate, has sung with the choir as a section leader since 2001. Her music and theater credits are diverse, including touring with Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera and performing with the off-Broadway repertory company The Light Opera of Manhattan. Anne also serves on the Peapack Reformed consistory as an Elder.
Tenor Daniel de Riancho has been with Peapack Reformed since 2008. He has extensive background in musical and educational theater, with a long history at Pax Amicus Castle Theater in Budd Lake, NJ, where he is still actively involved.
Peapack Reformed also serves as a teaching church for students from Westminster Choir College and Rutgers University, who also serve as section leaders. Currently we are pleased to employ soprano Rebecca Stahl, alto Kelsey Lewis, tenor Thomas Carle and basses Anthony Sharpe, Joel Krakower and William Krakower.
Members of the congregation who love to sing complete the choir. For those who are not able to commit the time on a regular basis for rehearsals or on Sunday mornings, special seasonal participation is offered at Christmas, Lent and Easter
The Peapack Reformed Children’s Choir consists of ten to fifteen children from the Sunday school. They present songs for worship during the Advent/Christmas season and on Palm Sunday. The choir is advised by Lezlie Kleitsch, Director of Christian Education and directed this year by Kelsey Lewis. Larry J. Carey serves as accompanist. “It is always exciting” says Larry, “to welcome new members into this energized group of young singers.”