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Music Ministry at Westminster

Let the word of Christ dwell within you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.

Colossians 3:16

Martin Luther wrote, “Music is a fair and glorious gift of God.” As Christians, we sing because there is a biblical calling to do so, and as musicians, we strive to tune our instruments of praise for God’s glory.

Nothing in church music is more important than the singing of congregational hymns and Psalms in worship which involves people of all ages each week through our corporate worship. The training of choirs, beginning with preschool and ending with adults, promotes musical leadership and provides exceptional experience in the praise of God for our people.

You are invited to join us as we grow in faith, worship, and praise. We welcome people who have a love of music and a willingness to commit to a vital and dedicated music program.

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is the primary worship choir of our church and sings each Sunday morning using music as a medium to lead worshippers in praise to God. Several times each year the choir also performs larger programs or works at Christmas, Easter, or special events and concerts. Our Lessons and Carols service each Christmas Eve has become our church’s most attended service. The Chancel Choir rehearses each Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:00pm in the Choir Suite. There is always a need for new singers in the Chancel Choir as singers “retire”, move from the area, or have schedule changes and can no longer participate. Choir candidates should be able to match basic pitch and sing harmony. The Chancel Choir is for adults and is directed by Jerry Naff. ()

Westminster Ringers

The Westminster Ringers handbell choir is our premier instrumental group. The choir rings three octaves of Schulmerich handbells, choir chimes, as well as Orff and other percussion instruments. Ringers should be able to read basic music and have good counting ability. The rehearsal time for the Westminster Ringers is Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. They rehearse in the Fellowship Hall. The Westminster Ringers are for adults and they are directed by Jerry Naff. ()

Cherub Choir

The Cherub Choir is our pre-school choir for ages 4 and 5. This group rehearses on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:00am in room 105. Music fundamentals and basic hymns and songs of our faith are taught each week. This group sings in worship a few times each year and performs special programs. The Cherub Choir is directed by Barbara Montaldi. ()

Celebration Singers

The Celebration Singers is our children’s choir for grades 1-3. This group rehearses on Sunday mornings in room 100 from 9:30 to 10:00am. before Sunday school. The Celebration Singers sing in our worship services several times each year. In choir, music fundamentals are taught as well as concepts of music in worship and hymnody. The children are also taught the technique of Orff instruments such as the metallophone, glockenspiel and xylophone. The Celebration Singers are directed by Sarah Hilscher. ()

Westminster Singers

The Westminster Singers, grades 4-6, rehearses Sunday mornings in room 110 from 9:30-10:00a.m. They study, more in detail,  hymnody, Kodaly, and Orff methods and begin to sing multi-part choral music, primarily SA.  The Westminster Singers are directed by Emily White. ()

Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir, grades 7-12, rehearses Sunday mornings in the Choir Suite from 9:30-10:00am. They continue to build on the fundamentals taught in earlier choirs and concentrate more on choral singing, especially multi-part such as, SA, SAB, and SATB. The Chapel Choir is directed by Duane White. ()