Music Ministry
A hallmark of Phillips Church is the outstanding music ministry under the leadership of Dr. Martha Sobaje.
Phillips Memorial Baptist Church
565 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, Rhode Island  02910

401-467-3300
fax:  401-467-3302
churchoffice@pmbc.necoxmail.com
    Phillips Memorial Baptist Church
The Music Ministry at Phillips Memorial Baptist Church provides a variety of musical opportunities for both children and adults.  If you or your child likes to sing or play an instrument, contact Minister of Music, Dr. Martha H. Sobaje, at 467-3300, extension 3, or mhsobaje@ccri.edu.

Children’s Choir for children in grades K-5
Dawn Lindelow, Director
Rehearses on 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, September – May, 10:15 - 11:00 AM
Performs during worship approximately four times during the year.
Presents special program following worship on Fourth Sunday of Advent.
Sings for the 7:00 PM Christmas Eve Service.
Sings for Children’s Sunday Service.
Musical Opportunities
for listening enjoyment and participation
Chime Choir for children in grades 3 - 5
Martha Sobaje, Director
Rehearses on Sundays, as needed, 8:40 - 9:00 AM
Performs seasonally.

JOY Praise Team ~  Contemporary Christian Vocal Ensemble
Martha Sobaje, Director
Rehearses on Sundays following morning worship.
Membership is limited to five singers from the Adult Choir.
Performs monthly during worship, and numerous concerts in other churches.
A touring group.
Recording available: “”I Just Can’t Praise Him Enough”

TRIO ~ Joan Johnson, Ruthie Moran, Ginny Rasmussen
Martha Sobaje, Director
Rehearses, as needed.
Performs monthly during worship and concerts outside the church.
Two recordings: “His Strength Is Perfect” and  “The Sounds of Christmas”

Sanctuary Ringers ~ Handbell Choir
Martha Sobaje, Director
Rehearses Thursday evenings, September – May, 7:00 - 7:30 PM
Membership open to all interested Sr. High youth and adults.
Ability to read music desirable, but not required.
Performs during worship six times during the year, and also at the Christmas Concert.
Recorder Consort
Martha Sobaje and Ruthie Moran, Directors
Rehearses Sunday mornings, twice monthly, 9 - 9:30 AM
Membership open to Sr. High youth and adults with prior wind instrument experience.
Performs occasionally during worship and also at the Christmas Concert.

Adult Choir
Martha Sobaje, Director
Rehearses Thursday evenings, September – May, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Membership open to all interested Sr. High youth and adults
Performs during worship each Sunday, September – 2nd week of June.
Also sings for special seasonal services, such as Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Presents a narrated Easter Musical each Palm Sunday, accompanied by an orchestra.
Performs at the annual Candlelight Christmas Concert.

HIM Singers ~ Men’s Ensemble
Martha Sobaje, Director
Rehearses seasonally, as needed.
Membership open to all interested adult male singers, starting with Sr. High ages.
Performs at the Annual Candlelight Christmas Concert.
   In October 2004, a Roland digital piano was donated by Martha Sobaje to the church for the exclusive use of the JOY Praise Team, both at Phillips and as a touring instrument.

Musical Instruments
   In May 2003, Phillips Church was the grateful recipient of a Sabathil and Son Flemish single manual harpsichord, 1986.  It has 52 notes 8’ 8’, with “buff” stop, a rosewood keyboard, painted soundboard, gold case banding, and Louis XVI legs.  This memorial gift was given by the Crawford and Rapa families in memory of G. Allen and Maude Crawford and Alfred and Marie Johnson.

   In October 2003, Judy Ellenwood presented the church with two recorders; a Moeck maple wooden alto recorder, and a Moeck maple wooden tenor recorder.  These instruments are used in the church’s Recorder Consort.

   In 1996, gifts in memory of Isobel Kilner enabled the church to purchase two octaves of Malmark choir chimes for the use of our Phillips children, and Vacation Bible School children.

   In 1985, an organ built by Angerstein & Associates, Ltd. was installed.  It is an encased mechanical action pipe organ utilizing slider windchests.  It is patterned closely after the work of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, a 19th century French organbuilder.  The casework is of Honduran mahogany with a rich 19th century stain.  The mouldings are styled to complement the decorative mouldings in the church, and are copies of those used in the 18th century.  The organ has 21 registers and 25 ranks of pipes, playing through 24 stop controls.  The total number of pipes is 1,284.
   In 1983, a Steinway grand piano was purchased for the sanctuary with funds given to the church in memory of George and Gladys Kenney by the Kenney family.

   During the months of 1983, funds were raised through memorial gifts for the purchase of four octaves of Malmark handbells.  That year, the first handbell choir was established at Phillips.
   In 1960, gifts in memory of George Kilner were given for the purchase of an electronic set of chimes located in the loft.  These chimes can be heard approximately once a month during the prelude.
   Other Pianos located throughout the church building:
Parlor:  Yamaha Spinet given in memory of Leo Lussier by his family
Music Room:  Kimball Artist Console given in memory of Gordon H. Crocker, Jr.
Fellowship Hall:  Yamaha Console given in memory of Chester Webb Clark by his wife
Recordings Available for Purchase:

“I Just Can’t Praise Him Enough” by JOY Praise Team

“One in the Spirit” Hymn reflections for solo piano performed by Martha Sobaje

“From Pen to Pipes” composed and performed by Martha Sobaje, organist

“His Strength Is Perfect” by the TRIO

“The Sounds of Christmas” by the TRIO

“César Franck – Trois Chorals, Louis Vierne – Deuxième Symphonie” performed (at Phillips Memorial Baptist Church) by Barry Turley, organist

"Pipes Rhode Island" a new CD featuring many of the significant organs of Rhode Island and RI organists. $15

For information on purchasing any of these recordings, please email Dr. Martha Sobaje at mhsobaje@ccri.edu or call 467-3300, extension 3.

Beautiful in sound and sight, the organ built by Augerstein & Associates, Ltd. is in the choir loft.
NEW BOOK
by Dr. Martha Sobaje

Dr. Martha Sobaje spoke at a symposium at the EROI (Eastman-Rochester Organ Initiative) Festival in Rochester, New York, on October 16. She spoke about her new book just out this month, “The Silver Fox: The Life and Legacy of Russell Saunders” The symposium was followed by a book-signing and reception.  Russell Saunders was one of Martha’s organ teachers at the Eastman School of Music.























Candlelight
Christmas
Concert

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