Music Matters!

…And is an Integral Part of Congregational Church History

Music is an integral part of our Church life.  From Sunday morning hymns and anthems to special music on holidays and community concerts, we celebrate and share our faith through our sacred music.  Our choirs provide an opportunity for members and friends to develop and share their musical gifts. 

Our music director/organist, Chris Dabbo, oversees every aspect music in our church.  This talented musician supervises the selection and purchase of music, conducts the Senior Choir and together with the music committee, arranges for an exceptional array of professional musicians who enhance our services and grace our Church with concerts. 

Handbell Choir

Several years ago the Congregational Church of Burlington was gifted a three-octave set of Schulmerich handbells and since then has been given a three-octave set of Yamaha hand-chimes.  Our handbell choir, The Balcony Ringers, presently consists of eight dedicated ringers and plays during worship in the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and several other times from September through June.  They rehearse once a week for 1 1/2 hours September through June.  We welcome new members who can read music twice a year.  The handbell choir sometimes plays for member weddings and at area handbell festivals.

Junior Choir

Currently looking for someone to lead this worthy cause, the children sing during worship a few times each year.   Rehearsals are scheduled prior to these performances.

Music Series Program

The Concert Series at the Congregational Church of Burlington is modest in the number of presentations, but not in the caliber of talent!  Performances are usually on Friday nights or Sunday afternoons.  All Music Series concerts are free, although a free-will offering will be collected for those wishing to donate.

We have been blessed in the past to have the following performances in our very own Sanctuary:

Date of PerformanceArtistTalent
May 7, 2017Alta, a renaissance wind trioA wind trio specializing in the performance of music from the Renaissance and Baroque on period instruments - shawm, trombone, recorder, percussion, flute and more.
November 6, 2016 The Rosewood Chamber EnsembleA talented duo playing Music from Monticello on historical flutes & guitars!
May 22, 2016The RosenthalsA father-son duo blending bluegrass, jazz and more!
November 8, 2015The Laurel Double Reed EnsemblePerforms eclectic, educational concerts in various combinations of oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn & bassoon.
May 17, 2015The KC SistersFive sisters ranging from age 11 to age 17. Five sing, five play violin, five play bass, three play guitar, three play piano and five play drums.
November 2, 2014Take TwoLocal jazz duo singing a vast repertoire of Jazz standards from the "Golden Age" of American song.
May 4, 2014Louis RomaoGuitarist - Classical, Jazz & Popular
November 3, 2013Let Your Light ShineVocalists Bob & Claudia Hughes accompanied by Chris Dabbo on piano. Duets and solos across many musical genres.
April 28, 2013The Mark Templeton TrioJazz musicians
November 11, 2012Thirzah BendokasCellist
April 22, 2012Legacy JazzTo date, the only act to return to our Sanctuary. Another fine afternoon of piano, percussion, bass & drum selections.
November 13, 2011Johsual Kohl, Tenor & Bridgete de Mauro Castro, AccompanistStrong singing accompanied by wonderful piano.
May 15, 2011Teresa MangoConcert Harpist
November 14, 2010Classical Jazz QuartetFeaturing Electric Violin, String Bass, Drums & Piano
May 2, 2010Kelet DuoPlaying Classical and Broadway selections on Piano and Violin
November 6, 2009Jerrod Cattey QuartetFeaturing Bass, Drums, Piano & Guitar
November 7, 2008Scott SanchezFeaturing Classical Guitar
May 16, 2008Button and KeysPiano and Accordion program
November 16, 2007CT Opera ExpressSang a program by Arias, Duets & Quartets of Light Opera
May 4, 2007Legacy JazzFeaturing Piano, Percussion, Brass & Drums
November 10, 2006Woodland ScholarsAcapella Singers
May 7, 2006Bohemian BrogueMusical Renditions played on Oboe, English Horn, Brass Baritone, Bassoon, Cello & Harpsichord
November 4, 2005Thula SizweTraditional music & dance from South Africa
April 17, 2005The Alturas Duo - Scott Hill, Guitarist, and Carlos Boltes, Viola & CharangoPerforming Latin and classical music
September 14, 2004Peter HarveyMusic from the Civil War, WWI and WWII eras.
May 15, 2004Laura GarritsonSoloist in the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto
September 27, 2003Borealis Woodwind QuartetGrammy nominated group delivering beautiful wind-based music.
May 17, 2003The Constitution Brass QuintetSelections spanning from the "Renaissance to Ragtime and beyond", including Civil War era music.
April 27, 2002Julie GlaubIrish Folk Singer