Music at St. Michael's
With three all-volunteer choirs and a congregation eager to "make a joyful noise" every Sunday, St. Michael's creates
a lively musical worship experience for everyone. Choirs rehearse and perform from September to June, and all are
welcome to join.
The Adult Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 and sings every Sunday morning. The choir's recent
repertory includes music by Lutheran stalwarts Bach and Mendelssohn as well as classic and contemporary American
pieces from composers including Harry Burleigh, Gerre Hancock, and Keith Hampton. In short: we do it all: classical,
folk, pop, and even a little gospel!
The Junior Choir, ages 5-11, rehearses Sunday mornings and sings during the service about once a month. The choir
sings upbeat pieces such as "This Little Light of Mine," and the emphasis is on fun and participation (with a little
learning on the side).
The Chime Choir rehearses most Wednesday evenings and plays during the service about once a month, accompanying
the hymns and performing solo pieces suitable for our three octaves of chimes.
The St. Michael's Lutheran Church choirs are now on YouTube! Please click one of the following links to listen:
In His Care-O |
Steal Away |
Offertory on June 3, 2018
Dr. Alla Borzova
After a lengthy search, interview, and audition process, St. Michael's Lutheran Church of New Canaan welcomed Dr.
Alla Borzova as its new Director of Music on Sunday, May 6. Dr. Borzova brings to St. Michael's many gifts along with an extensive
background as a concert level organist and pianist, vocalist, internationally renowned composer, choir director, vocal coach, and
She holds a Doctorate from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and, upon arrival in the U.S. in 1993, did additional
doctoral work at the City University of New York Graduate School. For the past 25 years Dr. Borzova served successfully as Music
Director in the churches of 5 different denominations: Lutheran, Episcopal, United Methodist, Presbyterian, and Evangelical.
She also worked as a Music Director of acclaimed Civil Little Theatre in Pennsylvania, preparing music with singers and conducting
professional orchestra in numerous productions of musicals. She also served as a Music Director of Civil Little Theatre School,
teaching Broadway music to children and youth from 9 to 19 years old and conducting high school orchestras in their productions of
musicals. Dr. Borzova was Music Director for Dance at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, supervising and composing for numerous
dance productions, including composing the original ballet, inspired by Goya's drawings. She has more than 17 years of college
and performing arts school teaching experience, including Moscow Conservatory, Special Music School at the Belarusian Academy of Music;
Hunter and Lehman Colleges in New York City. As a teacher, she taught multiple music subjects, such as Composition, Orchestration,
Piano, Voice, Organ, Music History, Music Theory (Counterpoint, Harmony), Ear Training, and Performance Techniques for students of
various levels: from elementary to high school and college (undergraduate and graduate students) with an emphasis on developing
students' critical thinking capabilities.
Dr. Borzova brings to St. Michael's the unique experience of practicing a broad music repertory ranging from
classical to contemporary, including spirituals, jazz, and gospel, and composing her own music. As a composer, she is a recipient of
numerous awards and commissions. When honoring her with the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters
hailed her as a "force on the American musical scene" with the observation: "Every note she writes has an intensity and
immediacy that is as startling as it is affecting." A winner of All-Union Composition Contest before her arrival in the U.S., a
winner of the Delius International Composition Contest, she has also received awards from various foundations (ASCAP, the Alice M.
Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Copland Recording Program, New York Foundation for the Arts, American Music Center, Susan Rose
Recording Award), held residencies (Yaddo in the U.S., Brahmshaus in Baden-Baden, Germany), and served on the panel of New York State
Council for the Arts.