Music on the hill

The Music on the Hill Summer Chorus will perform Haydn’s choral masterwork, Missa in Angustiis (Mass for Troubled Times), popularly known as Lord Nelson Mass, with guest conductor Scott Taylor and soprano soloist Jennifer Barron on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road.

Singers will include Wilton residents Carol Bogard, Kathryn Campbell, James Cooper, and Patricia Sidas.

Tickets will be $20 at the door or may be reserved at

This is the 11th year of the Summer Chorus. Founded by Music on the Hill Artistic Director Ellen Dickinson, the chorus draws singers from across the region to rehearse and perform a major work from the classical choral repertoire. Past Summer Chorus concerts have featured works by Brahms, Bernstein, Dvorak and Mendelssohn, among others.

This year’s guest conductor, Scott Taylor, is a conductor, soloist, composer and teacher active in the Washington, D.C., area. Since 2008, he has served as director of music at Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis, Md. From 2006 to 2011 he was an instructor and conductor at the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School, where he taught and performed a rigorous curriculum in modern choral music.  Mr. Taylor has composed service music for a variety of liturgical traditions and has had his choral compositions performed from Maryland to California.

Music on the Hill is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging high-quality music performance and education for all ages through workshops and its four performing ensembles: Jubilate Ringers and Summer Chorus, which were already established, and Chamber Chorus and Festival Chorus, which are new.

In 2012, its first year, Music on the Hill presented eight concerts and music workshops throughout Fairfield County and reached a combined audience of more than 800. Music on the Hill is led by Artistic Directors David H. Connell and Ellen Dickinson.