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!
March 11- 7pm Grove City College Touring Choir Dr. Kathryn Mueller, director
April 1 - 7pm Keyboard Extravaganza Five Pianos, One Organ, One Harpsichord
Staff Position Open
Senior Choir director, Warren Whitney, has announced his retirement as of December 31. Westminster Church is thankful for Mr. Whitney’s 29 years of faithful service to the Lord in the ministry. A part-time position is available, starting January 1, 2017 for a choral director. Primary responsibilities involve directing the Senior and Matins choirs and overseeing the Junior and Primary choirs. As time allows, secondary responsibilities include coaching and training vocal soloists in preparation for worship services and occasionally forming and rehearsing small ad-hoc vocal ensembles. The position is a 45-week, 10–12 hours/week and salary is commensurate with experience. Minimum education requirements are a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (or equivalent experience), plus five years of choral directing experience. Submit a résumé and letter of interest to Bill McLain (email@example.com).
Rehearses each Wednesday from 7:30-9 PM
Warren Whitney, 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 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 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 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.
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
Open to both students and adults, each of these groups is scheduled periodically to play in the worship services.
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 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.