Gerre Hancock: A Retrospective

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Today on the Choral Mix, we honor the musical legacy of Dr. Gerre Hancock by showcasing some of the music he performed at St. Thomas Church in New York City. Hancock passed away on January 21, 2012 in Austin, Texas. He was a teacher, mentor, organist and one of America's foremost church musicians. His passing leaves a gaping hole within the choral and church music community. Few American church musicians can say they were not touched or inspired by his vast reach.

For over 30 years, Hancock built his reputation and musical legacy as Master of the Choristers at the St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. There, he created a powerhouse choral music program on a level to match the best Anglican programs from England. Based on the Anglican tradition, he incorporated musical innovations, bridging many genres.   

We celebrate "Uncle Gerre", the brilliant choir trainer, and organist - a teacher to many with a long and magnificent career.

 

PLAYLIST:

arr. William L. Dawson/ A Cappella II/ St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Gerre Hancock

Ezekiel Saw de Wheel

 

Noble/ A Cappella II/ St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Gerre Hancock

Go to Dark Gesthsemane

 

Franck/ Most Sacred Banquet/St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Gerre Hancock

Psalm 150

 

Rorem/ Praise The Lord/ St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Gerre Hancock

Two of Three Motets

 

O Deus, ego amo te

Thee, God

 

Susa/ Praise The Lord/ St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Gerre Hancock

Magnificat

Nunc dimittis

 

Bairstow/ The Choral Music of Edward Bairstow/ St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Gerre Hancock

Lord Thou hast been our Refuge

 

Friedell/ Praise The Lord/ St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Gerre Hancock

Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether

 

arr. Hancock/ A Cappella II/ St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Gerre Hancock

Deep River