HPPC’S Box of Chocolates

HPPC’s Box of Chocolates


 This Week’s Chocolate Treat

Sunday, November 11



The Chancel Choir goes gospel this Sunday as they sing “True Light” by the contemporary African-American composer, Dr. Keith Hampton.  A friend of mine from our days together at Westminster Choir College, Keith is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago Community Chorus, as well as an award-winning organist, conductor, composer, educator, church musician, adjudicator, and clinician.  The Music Ministry joys to introduce two of its new student interns, Dana Clark and Alec Brown, via solos in this Sunday’s anthem.  Please welcome Dana and Alec to HPPC.   Watch for a ‘repeat’ of Keith Hampton leading a rich and high-energy gospel ‘sing’ in person right here at HPPC sometime, like he did (and brought the house down) at my previous church in Connecticut




The internship program in HPPC’s Music Ministry, which I was asked at my interviews this past Winter to investigate and implement here at HPPC, has begun.  Similar to the internship program we established six years ago between my previous church and Western Connecticut State University, HPPC now has four students in place—a soprano, a mezzo soprano, a tenor, and a baritone—who will contribute to, and derive education and experience from, an active and multi-faceted church music ministry.  I joy to introduce you to DANA CLARK, CATHERINE CHAPMAN, ALEC BROWN, and JORDAN PERILLO, young musicians you will see/hear singing in the Chancel Choir, ringing in Spirit Ringers, and conducting, accompanying, and assisting in other ways as occasions are designed…all in enriching and broadening both our Music Ministry and their musicianship and skills.

Dana Clark, soprano, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated in 2016 magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Dayton, and is a graduate assistant and a first-year Master’s degree student in Music Performance at the University of South Florida.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, and has extensive opera and oratorio experience, as well as choral repertoire.

Catherine Chapman, mezzo soprano, from right here in Hyde Park, is a senior at the University of Tampa.  She has sung in numerous choirs, and is comfortable and experienced with both high Anglican and choral jazz.  You will see her in both Chancel Choir and Spirit Ringers.

Alec Brown, tenor, received his Bachelor of Music in Performance and his Certificate of Theatre in 2016 from the University of Dayton, and is now a Master’s degree student at the University of South Florida and a graduate of the University of Dayton.  Fluent in French, he is also a pianist, percussionist, and composer/arranger.  In addition, he has extensive experience on stage and back stage directing full-scale stage shows.  He is engaged to soprano intern, Dana Clark.

Jordan Perillo, baritone, from Land O Lakes, Florida, is a junior at the University of South Florida majoring in psychology.  He is in his third year performing with St. Pete Opera, and in his second year singing in Opera Tampa.  He also plays the piano, flute, and saxophone.

I have designed the internship program so that we retain each intern until he/she graduates from their respective college.  Please welcome these young people, get to know them, and help them have a positive life-changing experience during their internship here.

Soli Deo Gloria!


In His Service,

Edwin R. Taylor,  Director of Music Ministries




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