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Music Ministries - About Us

“Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing…”

(from John Wesley’s “Directions for Singing” in Select Hymns, 1761.)

Great care is taken by our worship leaders to provide our congregation with opportunities to engage with the Divine through a variety of musical offerings in worship. Congregational singing of a diverse repertoire of hymns and songs is central to our corporate worship and is a way in which we remain connected to our Wesleyan heritage.

There are no auditions to participate in the music ministries of this church, and we welcome all who love music to join us in the joy of making music together. We strive for excellence in all our musical offerings so that we might glorify God together in worship.

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is open to youth and adults. The choir leads the congregation in worship during the 10:30 a.m. service each Sunday in addition to presenting a number of special programs throughout the academic year. Our repertoire is drawn from a wide range of periods, styles, languages, and cultures, with careful attention to how the texts we sing amplify or augment the liturgy of the day.

Rehearsals: Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00-10:25 a.m.

Joyful Noise Handbell Choir

The adult handbell choir rehearses Sundays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. This ensemble presents music in worship services about six to eight times per year. This group is open to persons of varying musical abilities. No prior experience with handbells is required to join, but experience reading musical notation is helpful.

Choral Scholars

The Choral Scholars are current students of music, both graduate and undergraduate. This group of ten musicians sings as part of the Chancel Choir during the weekly 10:30 a.m. worship services throughout the academic year. They also frequently sing communion anthems as a chamber ensemble, and serve as soloists in both the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services. They are an important part of our community.

Cherub Choir

Cherub Choir is for students in Kindergarden through 5th grade. This ensemble rehearses on Sundays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and presents music in the worship services 5-6 times per year. No experience is needed to join.

 

Recordings

Christ the Lord is Risen Today (arr. Moklebust) April 16, 2017

Joyful Noise Handbell and Chancel Choirs

Clint Barrick, organ (with guest instrumentalists)

Christ the Lord recording here

 

This Joyful Eastertide (Bankson) Aptil 16, 2017

Chancel Choir

Clint Barrick, organ (with guest instrumentalists)

This Joyful Eastertide recording here

 

Toccata on Kings Weston (arr. Compton) April 16, 2017

Joyful Noise Handbell Choir

Toccata on Kings Weston recording here

 

Out of the Deep from Requiem (Rutter) April 14, 2017

Chancel Choir

Christine Kralik, cello

Clint Barrick, organ (with guest instrumentalists)

Out of the Deep recording here

 

Pie Jesu from Requiem (Rutter) April 14, 2017

Chancel Choir

Jeannie Barrick, soprano

Clint Barrick, organ (with guest instrumentalists)

Pie Jesu recording here

 

St. John's Organ Project Benefit Recital March 5, 2017

Benefit Recital recordings here 

 

Hear Our Prayer (Elyse Kahler) March 1, 2017

Chancel Choir

Clint Barrick, piano

Hear Our Prayer recording here

 

Promised Land (arr. Childers) February 19, 2017

Joyful Noise Handbell Choir

Promised Land recording here

 

Messe de Minuit (Charpentier) December 11, 2017

Chancel Choir

Clint Barrick, organ (with guest instrumentalists)

Messe de Minuit recording here