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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Gerre & Judith Hancock][decorative stamp]
Gerre & Judith Hancock

[1996 Taylor & Boody organ at St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, New York] [decorative stamp]
1996 Taylor & Boody organ at St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, New York

[1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Opus 510, at National Cathedral, Washington DC] [decorative stamp]
1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Opus 510, at National Cathedral, Washington DC

Honoring the Hancocks

This week we pay tribute to Gerre and Judith Hancock, the talented husband and wife who have made marvelous music at Saint Thomas Church in New York City for more than 30 years.

Audio Complete Show

Audio 0418 Part 1 60:20 Min

Audio 0418 Part 2 27:42 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • May 03, 2004

Links and Resources:

Dr. Gerre Hancock has been organist and choir director at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in New York City since 1971, in collaboration through much of that time with his wife Judith. They leave that post this summer.

Music played in the program

LEE HOIBY: Anthem, The Lord is King –Choir of Saint Thomas Church, Gerre Hancock; Judith Hancock (1956 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, NY) Priory PRCD629

T. TERTIUS NOBLE: Psalm 47, O clap your hands –Choir of Saint Thomas Church, Gerre Hancock. Koch CD-7176

GERRE HANCOCK: Improvisation on Saint Denio, Immortal, invisibleGerre Hancock (1956 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, NY) Gothic G49038

GERRE HANCOCK: Improvisation on Go, tell it on the mountains –Gerre Hancock (1996 Taylor & Boody/St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, NY) Gothic G49109

SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: Chorale-prelude, Lobe den Herren, Opus 65, number 58 –Judith Hancock (1956 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, NY) Priory PRCD599

PETR EBEN: Fantasia I, from Sunday Music. MARCEL DUPRÉ: 4 verses of Ave maris stella, Opus 18, numbers 6-9 –Judith Hancock (1956 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, NY) Gothic G49110

NED ROREM: Motet, Thee, God –Choir of Saint Thomas Church, Gerre Hancock; Judith Hancock (1956 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, NY) Argo 425 800

GERRE HANCOCK: Free Improvisation –Gerre Hancock (1956 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, NY) Koch CD-7351

GERRE HANCOCK: Anthem, Earthquake and fire –Choir of Saint Thomas Church, Gerre Hancock; Judith Hancock (1956 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Thomas Episcopal, New York, NY) Priory PRCD629

GERRE HANCOCK: Improvised Fugue and Finale, In Memoriam R. Wayne Dirksen [2003] –Gerre Hancock (1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner/National Cathedral, Washington, DC) JAV CD-144