If you would like a sampling of our music please scroll to the bottom of this page.

The Sound of Center Church

Music is an integral part of services at Center Church. Eleanor Fulton & Kendall Crilly are Center Church's organists and co-directors of music. Together with the choir, they lead our weekly worship services.

The church's musical program is often augmented with unique instruments such as the Richard Rephann harpsichord, and recitals given by students and graduates of the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Other local groups, such as The Greater New Haven Community Chorus (GNHCC) also perform and practice at Center Church.

Center Church is the host to a number of concerts throughout the year and is available for weddings and other special occassions. Please contact us if you would like any further information.


The United Center Church Bell Choir

The history of music at Center Church

From 1895 to 1898, Center Church was the home of famous American composer, Charles Ives. He was the full-time organist of the church during his undergraduate years at Yale. He was mentored and influenced by the choirmaster, John Griggs, and was visited in the church by his eventual wife, Harmony Twitchell Ives.

 

The Fisk pipe organ

Located above the congregation and in the rear of the church, this massive and elegant pipe organ fills the air with beautiful music every week. Built in 1971 by Charles Fisk of Gloucester, Massachusettes, this organ includes mechanical key and stop (tracker) action, and pipes that include huge 16 foot bourdon stops.

The Fisk organ is the third to be placed in the church. In 1855 a Hutchinson organ was installed - it required not only an organist to play it, but also someone to pump it. This was the instrument played on by Charles Ives, the American composer, when he was full-time organist of Center Church during his undergraduate years at Yale. It was supplanted in 1913 by an Austin organ, the gift of the Farnam family. The current Fisk uses some of the pipes from the previous Austin organ.

Further Reading

More information on Center Church's history and music can be found here, in the Bicentennial publication of the church.
For more information about the Fisk Pipe Organ, click here to visit the C.B. Fisk website.

Center Church Music downloads

Click on the download tabs to download music, or just listen to the player below. Enjoy!

Eleanor Fulton is the Organist for Center Church on-the-Green, and the following pipe organ pieces are short samples from her CD recorded at Yale University's Dwight Chapel.

Full copies of the CD (with 18 tracks) are $15.88, and are available through the church. Please Contact Us if you'd like to purchase a copy of this beautiful CD.