In Memoriam Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)

Gerre Hancock, one of the most acclaimed and accomplished organists and choral directors in the service of the Church, has died at the age of 77.

Dr. Hancock will be remembered by many for his years of service (1971-2004) as Organist and Master of Choristers at the Church of Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue in New York.

A few samples of Dr. Hancock’s work —

A 1976 improvisation on the Skinner at Saint Thomas:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3Af4DsMVu8

The Savior’s Triumph, an improvisation by Dr. Hancock inspired by the windows in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_tPQogv-c8

May he rest in peace;
and rise in glory. Amen.

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4 comments

  1. This is truly sad. We have lost a great church musician and teacher, but still have gained so much from his ministry. May his, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them.

  2. Having heard this news just a few hours ago, it is difficult to sleep. He was a legend in his own time and he inspired so many of us that had the opportunity to listen and learn from him. We must go out into the world, continue the mission, and give purpose to our music.

  3. Very sad. First Noel Goemanne in 2010, and now Gerre Hancock. Both in January and both in Texas. Two greats who have departed from our midst and without whom we will be the poorer.

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