At 11 a.m. on Sunday, enjoy a traditional service of Lessons and Carols led by the Choristers and Singers choirs. Readings and carols retell the story of Christ’s birth, with candlelit singing of Silent Night.
With the start of another academic year, the choirs at Westminster also begin anew. We have choirs for people young and old. Please explore our different groups on the church website here and see what might work best for you or your children. Don’t hesitate to contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts with any questions you may have (434)963-4690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choristers begin on Thursday, September 13. Come hang out and play from 3:30-4:00 pm. We begin rehearsal at 4:00 and end at 5:00.
Singers begin with a retreat on Sunday, September 9 that includes a pizza lunch, games and singing? We will meet after worship at 12:15 and finish at 2:00 pm.
Adults (including college students) meet on Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 pm.
All Choir Potluck: Come enjoy a time of fellowship on Thursday, September 13 in the choir room at 6:00 pm. Friends and family are welcome.
This year’s Good Friday service will follow the traditional liturgy of Tenebrae for Holy Week, with readings from the Psalms and Thomas Tallis’s setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. In the contemplative service of Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”), music serves as a reflection on the texts being read, and a candle is extinguished after each reading, until only one is left. Five singers, four drawn from the choir — Megan Sharp, Steve Patek, Jonathan Schakel, and Winston Barham — along with guest Emily Stubbs, will sing music from the Renaissance by Tallis, William Byrd, Giovanni Croce, and Lodovico Viadana.
There is still time to sing in the choir on Christmas Eve. Youth and adults grade 5 and up are invited to participate in a special choir that sings at the 5:00 p.m. service on December 24. We will rehearse on Thursday, December 21 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room, and the 24th we will gather at 4:00 p.m. before the 5:00 service. Please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts if you have questions. This is a great opportunity for alumni of our Singers choir to connect for the holidays.
The Tuesday Evening Study Group will meet on Tuesday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Lounge, for our annual Advent potluck-music evening. Our special guests will be women of the choir. Please bring your own place setting and a dish to share with several others. There will be hot or cold drinks for all and several desserts, so please join us for an evening of dinner, singing, and sharing your favorite children’s Christmas stories. If you need more information or a ride, please call Barbara Deaver at 973-3819.