Music Ministry

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name. 1 Corinthians 16:29a

There are opportunities for singers and players of all ages in Westminster's music ministry!

 

Patricia Bleecker,  Organist & Director of Music

Patricia Bleecker, 

Organist & Director of Music

Jonathan Humbert,  Organ Assistant

Jonathan Humbert, 

Organ Assistant

Floyd Rawleigh, Choral Director

Floyd Rawleigh,

Choral Director

Elaine High,  Music Secretary & Publications

Elaine High, 

Music Secretary & Publications

 
 

Concert Series 2017-2018

October 14, 7 PM - Music of the Reformation

Larry Roff, organist

Westminster Brass Quintet

from Tenth Presbyterian in Philadelphia

November 4, 7 PM - Musicians of Westminster - Part I

Individual soloists and instrumentalists presenting classical and sacred pieces.

February 18, 6:30 PM - Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ

David Kim Quartet

Philadelphia Orchestra, concertmaster

March 25, 6:30 PM - Musicians of Westminster - Part II

Senior Choir, Matins, Choir, Orchestra

Floyd Rawleigh, director

Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living and other sacred works

May 6, 6:30 PM - Musicians of Westminster - Part III

Vocal choirs and instrumental Ensembles

An evening of sacred and classical music

Senior Choir

Grade 9-Adult

Rehearses each Wednesday from 7:30-9 PM
Floyd Rawleigh, director
Patricia Bleecker, organist

Senior Choir sings weekly at the 11 AM service. In addition, they sing on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve (late service), Holy Thursday, Easter (both services), other services that might be scheduled, and occasional concerts.

Matins Choir

Grade 9-Adult

Matins Choir rehearses each Wednesday from 6:00-7:00 PM
Patricia Bleecker, director
Jonathan Humbert, organist

Matins Choir sings approximately every third week at the 8:00 AM service, Christmas Eve (early service), and Easter (both services) and occasional concerts.

Junior Choir

Grades 4-9

Junior Choir rehearses each Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 PM
Evelyn Allison, director
Cynthia Field, pianist

Junior Choir sings throughout the year, usually at the 11 AM service. They learn techniques necessary for singing in two and three parts.

Primary Choir

Grades 1-3

Primary Choir rehearses each Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 PM
Patty Light, director
Jessica Sheetz, pianist

Primary Choir sings throughout the year, usually at the 11 AM service. They learn many techniques that relate to beginning singing.

Handbell Choirs

Jubilate Ringers

Jubilate Ringers

Westminster Ringers

Westminster Ringers

Frank Dodd, director

Those who have never touched a handbell and those who have had some experience in ringing are both warmly welcomed!

 

  • Jubilate Ringers (beginning and intermediate ringers of all ages) rehearses Tuesdays from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Westminster Ringers (more experienced ringers of all ages) rehearses Tuesdays from 7:15-8:30 p.m.
  • Youth Ensemble (more experienced youth ringers) rehearsals are scheduled periodically
  • Men's Ensemble (boys and men of all ages) rehearsals are scheduled periodically 

Instrumental Ensembles

Open to both students and adults, each of these groups is scheduled periodically to play in the worship services.

Brass Ensemble

Brass Ensemble

Clarinet Choir

Clarinet Choir

Flute Choir (Beth Shirk, director)

Flute Choir (Beth Shirk, director)

Westminster Strings (Carolyn McLain, director)

Westminster Strings (Carolyn McLain, director)

Youth String Ensemble (Carolyn McLain, director)  

Youth String Ensemble (Carolyn McLain, director)
 

 

Other Opportunities

Musicians have opportunities several times each year to sing or play beyond the scope of preludes and offertories. These times include:

  • Twenty-minute Advent Concerts presented in the Sunday evening services during Advent.

  • A twenty-minute and thirty-minute prelude preceding the 6 PM and 10 PM Christmas eve services, respectively.

  • Westminster Music Concert Series.

Music Camp

Music Camp is offered every other year to Westminster young people entering Grades 1–8 in the fall. It is designed to give opportunities to explore singing, rhythm instruments, handbells, listening, moving, and creating experiences with music.

The camp began in 1997 as a one-day session. It has extended to the present two-day format. The theme in 2015 was “Let’s Compose.” We learned about church music from the time of David, through chants in the cathedrals and hymns in churches, concluding with music in today’s churches. The campers also composed a hymn melody, pictured above.

 

Next camp is June 2017! Stay tuned for more details.