Our music program is rich and varied, offering opportunities for all ages and abilities to participate with the goal of providing music for a worship that reflects the whole Body of Christ in our midst.  Many soloists (vocal and instrumental) are found in our congregation, and we are blessed to use their gifts in worship from time to time.

Organ:  Our organ is a 1938 build 45 rank (with cathedral chimes), 3 manual Henry Pilcher’s Son’s pipe organ.  The instrument was fully restored in 2009 and is very well maintained.

 Piano:  We also play a wonderful historic Mason & Hamlin grand piano and a more modern K. Kawaii (built for Japanese market) grand piano.  

 Hand Bell Ensemble:  Our English Hand Bell ensemble is 3 octaves plus chimes.

 Music Ensembles:

 Adult Chancel Choir (open to Senior High through adult) consists of approximately 16-20 members.  Rehearsal is 7:30 pm every Wednesday (September through May), and each Sunday morning at 10:15 am June through August.  Anthems and choral responses range from classical to contemporary and encompass many styles.  The Choir sings each Sunday during worship, year round.

 Melodious Ringers English Hand Bell Choir meets at 6:30 each Wednesday from September through May.  This 3-octave plus chimes ensemble is open to anyone interested in playing - with opportunities for musical novices as well as experienced ringers, youth and adults.  This ensemble performs approximately 6 times per school year in worship.

 Children’s Choir is open to all children, ages pre-K through elementary school.  The Children’s choir is a great opportunity to use music to reinforce the basic tenants of our faith through song, and to allow young worshipers the opportunity to experience guided worship as a way of teaching our worship traditions to the next generation.  This ensemble performs in worship as they are able, usually several times per school year.



Newsletter – September 2016
From Brian Holsopple, Interim Music Director

DAAAAY-ZHAAAAH-VOOOOOOOO!

 "It's deja vous all over again!" - Yogi Berra

You know it seems like the last time I started this job I felt younger.  Oh wait!...I was!  I'd like to say I'm older and wiser now, but I guess I'll have to settle for batting .500 on that. And I'll let you guess which half.   

    In many ways I feel right at home. No problem plopping down in that chair up in the chancel, though I may be plopping a little harder these days. All right, enough about age and aging. I look forward to whatever work the Big Guy has in mind for me and us here. I love this church and the people in it, which is pretty much saying the same thing.

    Regarding Chancel Choir, we will begin regular Wednesday night rehearsals on September 7th at 7:30 pm in (where else?) the choir room. Anyone interested is cheerfully invited to show up. Any who just wants to try it out is welcome to come sit with us in the chancel on Sundays prior to that and just "try us out." No contracts, no pressure. Just see what it's like "up there.”

    As for Handbell Choir, we will not begin rehearsals until about mid-October with the coming holidays in mind. I would, however, like to meet with members before then. And again, anyone interested in swinging with us just grab hold of me (gently...I bruise!) on a Sunday and let me know.

    Has it really been nine years since I "retired"?!  Well, like Johnny Carson used to say, "Time flies when you're runnin' for your life!"

    Looking forward to serving God, Karen, and this congregation in whatever way I can.

 Your FRIEND,

 Brian Holsopple