Alice brings a wonderful musical sensitivity to worship, enhancing our hymn singing and providing solo pieces for prayer and reflection. Read more about Alice in the bio below.*
Music is a key aspect of our worship service. We generally sing traditional protestant hymns, as well as a selection of African American spirituals, gospel music, chants and songs of various cultures. Musical reflections and responses are integrated into the service, to give the congregation the time and space they need for meditation. As with all aspects of our worship, the music is not a performance for entertainment, but inspiration for our spiritual experience.
*Alice Chenyang Xu, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Germany, the US, Canada, and throughout China. Notable concerts include performances at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Auditorium Theatre, Corbett Auditorium in Cincinnati, Leipzig Hochshule Musik Hall, and Jordan Hall in Boston. Alice has collaborated with artists such as violinist Anthony Marwood, cellists John Myerscough and Bonnie Hampton, soprano Lucy Shelton, baritone William Sharp, pianist Christina Dahl, Borromeo String Quartet and members of the Cleveland String Quartet. She has coached with composer George Crumb on his set of piano work Makrokosmos and has played for former Secretary of State Colin Powell under the auspices of the Eisenhower Fellowships at the 2006 Northeast Asia Regional Program Seminar.
As an active educator, Alice also teaches at the Tufts University Community Music Program and has appeared in various summer music festival around the world including Yellowbarn, Internationale Mendelssohn-Akademie Leipzig, Art of Piano, and Morningside Music Bridge.
Alice was a recipient of the Dorothy Hinton-Congleton Memorial Presidential Scholarship, second prize-winner of the 10th Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, third prize-winner of the 2nd SEILER International Piano Competition in Germany, and the recipient of a Yamaha Scholarship. She received a bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and Roosevelt University where she studied with Seymour Lipkin, Meng-Chieh Liu and Winston Choi. She holds master’s from New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Wha-Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman, and is currently pursuing Doctoral of Musical Arts with Vivian Hornik Weilerstein at New England Conservatory of Music.