A Thriving Spiritual Community

Annisquam Village Church Logo

Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

Annisquam Village Church Logo

Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

A Thriving Spiritual Community

Music

Music at Annisquam Village Church

Music at the Village Church is an essential part of its worship and outreach as a “Church of Connections,” inspiring and enriching our collective experience through the Choir, our exceptional instruments and acoustics, Concerts which embrace a range of genres, and the Artist’s Residency Program.
Annisquam Village Church Choir

The Choir

The Choir is at the heart of the music program, performing on Sundays all year long. From the well of “universal language,” we draw both familiar and eclectic, ancient and new, gospel, folk, and world music. We welcome adults who love choral singing and the unique musical community of a choir. Children’s voices and chiming join us from time to time, and we invite others to sing with us at Christmastide and Easter. Clarinetist David Benjamin and other instrumentalists combine their talents with the choir. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 p.m. and include the development of vocal technique and skill building.

Kathleen Adams Music Director

Music Director, Kathleen Adams

Organist and Choirmaster Kathleen Adams studied Vocal Performance at the American Conservatory of Music and Organ and Conducting at Harvard University. She served as both cantor and organist at St. Leonard’s of Port Maurice in Boston’s North End before her appointment to the Annisquam Village Church. In addition to her performances of early music with lutenist David Rhodes, she has appeared as vocal soloist with numerous ensembles, choruses, and with composer Steve Scotti in cabaret performances. At Italian Fiestas throughout the region, she has performed Neapolitan repertoire and operatic arias as “Caterina la Caterina” with the Italian Colonial Band under Maestro Nunzio Cicarelli. At concerts in Italy and Japan, she sang both sacred and secular song literature accompanied by her husband, Jeremy Adams (builder of the AVC’s gallery organ).

Kathleen’s advocacy for young musicians led to the founding of the Schola Cantorum at the Village Church and the co-founding of Cape Ann Arts Alive/Music and More. She has served the American Guild of Organists (Boston Chapter) on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Young Organists Initiative. Five of her organ students have won scholarships to further their studies. In the late 80’s, Kathleen initiated a Village Church concert series, bringing world class musicians to play on the unique instruments at the Village Church. She maintains a private studio, teaching voice, piano, and organ.

Kathleen Adams Music Director
Scott Moore
Scott Moore

Artist-in-Residence Program

In 2022, the church added a new dimension to its offerings by establishing an Artist-in-Residence program.

An enthusiastic collaborator of stage and in the recording studio, violinist and composer Scott Moore has forged a reputation as a skillful and inventive musician unbound by genre. Since moving to Gloucester in 2019, the Kentucky native has become Concertmaster of the Cape Ann Symphony by the Sea, while creating new scores for productions by the Louisville (KY) Ballet and theater group Lanes Coven. He and his wife, violinist Erica Pisaturo, operate Open String Recordings, providing creative, professional string arrangements and recordings for bands, solo artists, composers, and filmmakers.

As AVC Artist-In-Residence since 2022, Moore’s portfolio reveals a particular emphasis on collaboration and the creation of new work – ranging from Bach and bluegrass to Thelonious Monk – and a growing list of world premieres. In 2023, with violinist Pisaturo, violinist Brandon White, and cellist Alex Flowler, he founded the Lobster Cove String Quartet, whose acclaimed performances have overlooked the waters whence it takes its name.

AVC Concert

Concerts

The historic Annisquam Village Church, with its unparalleled acoustics, extraordinary instruments, and singular New England simplicity, has long hosted unique concerts. Performers and audiences alike have found the AVC ideal for lively, intimate musical experiences.

Past concerts have included a wide variety of performances by talented instrumentalists and vocalists.

Please visit our Musical Events page for details regarding upcoming concerts and our past performances.

Music Concert and AVC
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Scott Moore

The Adams Organ

Designed and built by Jeremy Adams in 1986, the 13-stop mechanical action gallery organ leads congregational singing and accompanies choirs and soloists while offering unique options for concertizing organists and ensembles.

Great

  • Principal 8′
  • Octave 4′
  • Fifteenth 2′
  • Mixture III
  • Chimney Flute 8′
  • Cromorne 8′

Choir

  • Stopped Diapason 8′
  • Flute 4′
  • Nazard 2 2/3′
  • Tierce 1 3/5′
  • Chanson de Roland (Oboe) 8′

Pedal

  • Subass 16′
  • Bassoon 16′

Couplers

  • Great – Pedal
  • Choir – Pedal
  • I-II Manuals

Tremolo

The-Steinway-A-Grand-Piano

The Steinway ‘A’ Grand Piano

A recent gift from the Juncker/Lamb family, the 1890’s sanctuary piano had been restored in the 50’s in consultation with Serge Koussevitsky. It offers exceptional sound for both worship services and concert performances.

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Double Manual Flemish Harpsichord

Double Manual Flemish Harpsichord

The Double Manual Flemish Harpsichord (1975), based on Andreas Ruckers (1640), was built by Master Instrument Builder, Jeremy Adams (seated at the keyboard in photo).

Continuo Organ

Continuo Organ

The Continuo Organ (2001) was also built by Jeremy Adams.

Both the Double Manual Flemish Harpsichord and the Continuo Organ are on loan from the Adams family, enriching the varieties of music and performance heard at the Annisquam Village Church.

The Karin S. (Gunn) Gale and Catherine N. Gunn Fund for Music Advancement

Established in 2023 by Catherine Gunn, the Fund was created in memory of Catherine’s mother, Kari Gunn Gale, who was a devoted member of the Annisquam Village Church and who was deeply involved with the church’s music offerings for nearly 50 years.

Kari and her family were active members of the AVC, singing in the choir and serving on the Board (formerly, the Standing Committee), through which they made lasting friendships with other church families.

The Fund provides ongoing investment in the advancement of the music program, especially in support of the recently established Artis-In-Residence program. Additionally, it provides for maintenance of the church’s exceptional musical instruments, assists in underwriting necessary purchases and repairs, and contributes to the church’s expanding concert series.

Please consider making a contribution to the AVC Music Program by selecting the button below and directing your donation to the Gunn Fund. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Music Committee

David Benjamin, Chair
Kathleen Adams, Music Director
Dick Luecke, Evy Stewart, Rob Russell, Jane Deering, Scott Moore (Artist‑In‑Residence), Catherine Gunn, and Sandra Lawrence

Photos of Choir, Music Director, and Keyboards kindly provided by Cape Ann photographer Kirk R. Williamson
www.krwphoto.com