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 BorzovaDr. 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 teacher.

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.

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