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Chapel Music

The Chapel plays host to a myriad of musical groups and performances throughout the academic year.

The Gospel Choir and Hand Bell Choir are housed within the Chapel. Many other on-campus groups rehearse and perform here as well including; vocal ensembles Azure and the Yorkies, the Phillips Academy Chorus, Fidelio, our numerous student orchestras and bands, as well as a host of other outside amateur and professional soloists and groups.

For more information on these programs or to learn about our Bell Tower Carillion and church organ, please click on the appropriate tab on the left-hand side of this page.

The group performs several times throughout the year at both school and community venues.
Gospel Choir

Student Co-Heads for 2020-21: Melani Garcia ’21 and Emilia Sanz-Rios ’22

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Abbey Siegfried, 978.749.4132

Director: Mr. Michael Belcher

One of the most exuberant groups on campus, the Phillips Academy Gospel Choir is led by conductor, Mr. Michael Belcher. Regardless of religious background or belief, all members of the School’s community, and those from outside the community, are invited to lift their voices in an expression of faith. At the end of each academic year, the Gospel Choir participates in a local “Gospel Fest.” This event, held this past year at Newton North High School, brought over 350 singers from nearby choirs together to perform!

No auditions are required to join the Choir. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday evening, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Pfatteicher Room, located in Graves Hall. All are welcome.

The Choir received an Abbot Grant for an additional octave of bells to be purchased.
Handbell Choir

Student Co-Heads for 2020-21: Irene Kwon '21 and Stephanie Yang '21

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Derek Jacoby, 978.749.4809

Under the direction of conductor Derek Jacoby, the hand bell choir provides lilting music for many liturgies and events during the academic year. Membership has increased substantially over the past few years, and with this new influx of instruments purchased with funds from the Abbot Academy Association, even more can be welcomed to the group.

Membership is open to all, regardless of musical ability. Only an enthusiastic spirit is required! Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays in the organ loft (Cochran Chapel), beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Jacoby at djacoby@andover.edu.

The Cochran Chapel organ was installed and dedicated in 1981.
The Organs

There are three organs built by Andover Organ Company in the Chapel building. The Cochran Chapel organ was installed and dedicated in 1981, replacing a 1927 Casavant organ that had been moved to the chapel in 1932 from George Washington Hall. The Andover organ has two manuals, 27 stops and 35 ranks and is mechanical, or tracker, action. The Kemper Chapel organ was installed and dedicated in 1979 and has two manuals and nine stops, also with mechanical action. On the main floor of Cochran Chapel is a small one-manual chamber organ with three stops. It is used with orchestra in large choral performances, in small chamber groups or for services in the front of Cochran Chapel.

Getting to know Academy organist and music faculty member Dr. Abbey Siegfried.