If you love to sing, but don’t want to come out to an evening rehearsal, or you would like a musical group that does not perform, then Life-Long Song may be just the thing that you are looking for. Life-Long Song is a musical gathering that meets on Thursday mornings from 11:00-noon for 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring. It is a daytime singing program for adults that provides a regular opportunity for making music in community and having fun, while improving physical health and mental agility. While designed specifically for older adults, anyone is welcome to join. No special skills or previous experience is necessary. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.
This week choirs for children and youth begin. At Westminster we have choirs for school-age children and youth. The Choristers is a lively group of children, kindergarten through fourth grade. On Thursdays we gather, usually in the courtyard, to play from 3:30-4:00. At 4:00 we move to the choir room for stretches, vocal warm ups, and time for singing, moving, creating crafts, praying and reading Bible stories. The first rehearsal is Thursday, September 7. This choir prepares children to be active worship leaders in our church. The Choristers sing in worship every 4-6 weeks and participate in the service of Lessons and Carols in December.
The Singers are a mix of youth (grade 5 and up) and adults that love to sing. We gather in the choir room after the 11:00 worship service for a hearty snack and time of singing. This energetic group leads worship every 4-5 weeks and participates in the service of Lessons and Carols in December. The Singers begin their year with a retreat from 12:15-2:00 pm in the choir room on Sunday, September 10.
If you have any questions about the choirs at Westminster please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.
This summer the theme for the Montreat Worship and Music Conference that I attended was “Then Sings My Soul!” taken from the refrain of the well known hymn, How Great Thou Art. If your soul is looking to join a community of song, you are in the right place. Westminster has choirs and musical experiences for all ages and abilities. Below you can find the rehearsal times for musical groups. We also have an all-choir potluck on Thursday, September 7, which is a good time to meet people in choir and enjoy a time of fellowship. For full descriptions of these groups please click here.
Adult Choir-open to all adults and university students
Rehearsals-Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm, choir room
Choristers-for children in kindergarten through fourth grade
First rehearsal-Thursday, September 7 4:00-5:00 pm, choir room
All Choir Potluck-bring a dish to share, and a friend to introduce
Thursday, September 7 6:00 pm in the choir room
Singers-for youth from fifth grade and up, and adults
First rehearsal and retreat-Sunday, September 10 from noon-2:00 pm with pizza and games
Life-Long Song-an adult daytime singing opportunity
First meeting-Thursday, September 14 11:00 am, room 208
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.
On Sunday, August 27 you are invited to our final summer concert to benefit PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry). The concert will take place in the Sanctuary at 4:00 pm followed by ice cream in the courtyard. Soprano Megan Sharp, with Jonathan Schakel on piano, will present a program entitled, “Songs My Father Taught Me,” featuring songs by Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Joaquín Rodrigo, and folk songs arranged by Benjamin Britten. Megan’s late father, Stuart Sharp, was a professor of voice at Hope College and her first voice teacher. This program is a tribute to his guidance and great love of art songs.
We had an amazing Westminster Musical Week preparing In the Image by Mark Burrows. Westminster folks of all ages, including several out-of-town grandchildren, came together for dinner each evening, sang, played games, prayed, painted and created. This list of participants includes those who prepared meals, lead rehearsals, created sets and props, coached speakers, and lead crafts. Those who had speaking parts and played in the band have been indicate behind their name. A project of this magnitude takes many hands, and we give thanks for all of those who took part.
Faith Andrews Bedford
Lydia Brawley-Magee, Artsy
Anne Clements, Literalist 1
Margaret Anne Doran, Poet
Annabelle Garth, Dancer
Aaron Heflin, MUCK 2
Leah Patek, violin
Jake Paulson, percussion
Joey Paulson, percussion
Jane Edmister Penner, Craftsy
Jonathan Schakel, piano
Paul Schakel, MUCK 1
Anna Smith, Drummer
Wyatt Spencer, Wow
George Stetkevych, Sleepy
Robert Stetkevych, Literalist 2
Andrew Stetkevych, You Know
Nancy Takahashi, bass
Emily Thomasclarke, Catalyst
Ellie Weikle, Environmentalist