Music Director and Organist

Dory Light

Dory Light was raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  She attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she studied piano, voice, organ, and choral conducting. A sought after accompanist on both piano and organ, choral vocalist, and voice coach, Dory freelanced in the Philadelphia area.  She was the principal organist at Paoli Presbyterian Church and professional vocalist for the Philadelphia Oratorio Society.  She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Main Line Symphony and Allentown Symphony.  She also performed at the Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, and the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Dory moved to Colorado in 2002 where she established LightHouse Studio, a private music studio where she teaches voice and piano to students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. You have probably seen Dory singing with the Aspen Choral Society, various churches in the area and playing in the pit for Aspen Community Theatre.  She also has worked with a number of school productions, directing music for Colorado Mountain College and various children’s theatre productions in the area.

Dory lives with her husband, David; her son, Kyle; and her husky/lab, Cyrus, in Glenwood Springs.

Contact:dorylight@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Music in Worship

Music has long been a vibrant part of the Methodist tradition. Charles Wesley wrote over six thousand hymns, including the popular Easter hymn “Christ the Lord is risen today” and the Christmas carol “Hark! The Herald Angels sing.” The Aspen Community Church enjoys a worship service with strong congregational hymn-singing complemented by choral anthems and soloists.

Click here to listen to a sample of our congregational singing, recorded at our 2016 Christmas Eve service: "O Come, All Ye Faithful!" 

Chancel Choir

Our Chancel Choir performs anthems at regular services periodically throughout the year. A core group of singers is frequently augmented by additional members for the performance of specific works of music, or special services such as Christmas Eve. If you are interested in being a part of the Chancel Choir, we would love for you to join us and share your voice in worship even if you can’t make a long-term or regular commitment.

Find us on Facebook: "Aspen Community Church Singers." 

 

Annual Carol Sing

 

Our annual Carol Sing, lead by Aspen Music Festival and School CEO Alan Fletcher, is a popular community-wide event. A fun evening of sing-a-long traditional Christmas carols and songs is followed by cookies and hot chocolate downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.

Hymn Sing

Our annual Hymn Sing (held in the Spring, date TBD) draws on favorite hymns shared by numerous Aspen-area churches. This evening of congregational hymn singing is a community-wide event held in an ecumenical spirit. Our powerful Wicks organ accompanies each selection. Come and add your voice to the glory of cherished favorites such as “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” “Amazing Grace,” “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” and the number one most-requested hymn: “Be Thou My Vision!”

Piano

Our 1924 7’ Steinway Model B grand piano has a splendid “Golden Age” tone, as well as a remarkable dynamic range. The Steinway can be heard in public chamber music concerts and solo recitals that frequently take place at the church along with providing special music and solos during services.

About the Organ at Aspen Community Church

The current organ is only the third in the church’s 125 year history. The first instrument, a Vocalion reed organ much like Victorian parlor organs, survived well into the 20th Century. Albert Schweitzer played it on his only trip to America in 1949. In 1961, the church installed a 1920’s era modified “theater organ” of seven ranks, which was proving unreliable by the time the Wicks organ came to Aspen.

At the present 30 ranks, the current organ is one of the largest pipe instruments on the Western Slope. It contains nearly 2,000 pipes, ranging from the size of a pencil to more than 16 feet tall. It was purchased from The FIrst Lutheran Church of Boston and at the time was 20 ranks. It was rebuilt by the Wicks Organ Company, enlarged to its present size, and installed in Aspen in 1999.

The organ is capable of playing most of the extensive literature written for the organ. World renowned soloists perform recitals on it regularly. Most are free.

Detailed specifications are available on the Organ Historical Society database.

Audio Sample #1 (Courtesy of Kurt Schakel, organist)

Audio Sample #2 ( Courtesy of Kurt Schakel, organist)