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!

 Jonathan Humbert,   Organ Assistant

Jonathan Humbert, 

Organ Assistant

 Floyd Rawleigh,  Choral Director

Floyd Rawleigh,

Choral Director

A Special Advent Concert:

Join us on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM for our evening worship service including an Advent Concert presentation of Vivaldi's Gloria, performed by Westminster Church's Senior Choir.

Job Opening:

We are seeking a full-time Director of Music and Organist.  Reporting to Session and taking guidance from the Senior Pastor and the Worship Committee, the Director of Music is responsible for the planning, scheduling, organizing, staffing and administering of all music activities relating to worship services in the church (excluding Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Youth Group-oriented music), to the end that the congregation receives spiritual encouragement and growth from the ministry through music.  This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, paid position.

2018-2019 Westminster Concert Series

Saturday, October 27 at 7 pm

Reformation Hymns

Larry Roff, organ & Linda Hartshorne, piano

Sunday, March 10 at 6:30 pm

An Evening of Sacred and Classical Music

 Chris Lee, violin   Peter Kenote, viola

Sara Male, cello   Maria Corley, piano

Neal Harnly, composer

Saturday, April 6 at  7 pm

A Night of Flute and Piano Music

Jocelyn Crosby, flute & Doug Wimer, accompanist

(Musicians from St. Stephen Church, New Holland)

Sunday, May 5 at 6:30 pm

Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster

Sarah Wingard and Rosemary Blessing, Artistic Directors

 

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
Floyd Rawleigh, 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

Currently seeking a new director. For more information and a job description, contact Patricia Bleecker at Bleecker@westpca.com.

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

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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. This year's theme was the Music of the Reformation. Students learned about music and how it changed before, during and after the Reformation. The campers composed a song and sang it during our Sunday morning worship service. Older campers also participated in a instrument or handbell ensemble.

 

Next camp is June 2019! Stay tuned for more details.