The Singers and the Choristers help to lead worship this week. The Choristers will sing Teach Me Your Way by American composer Timothy Shaw with a text based on Psalm 86:11-13. As the Choristers prepared to sing in worship they have been singing songs and making crafts about following God. In worship we will sing one of their favorite hymns on this theme, Guide My Feet. The Singers will sing a round that was originally written by G. P. Telemann (1681-1767) and has been arranged by Dave and Jean Perry: I Will Rejoice. We have enjoyed working on this round and focusing our ears to hear all the parts while we sing together.
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.
This week the Singers and Choristers lead worship together. The Choristers will sing a traditional song, Rejoice in the Lord Always with lively movements. The Singers and Choristers together will sing Look and See, an arrangement of a Korean folk tune by Hal Hopson. The Singers conclude the confirmation service with a beautiful anthem by Mark Miller, Child of God.
We celebrate the return of our organist, Jonathan Schakel from his time of study at Cornell University. He will play Prelude on Land of Rest by American composer, Richard Proulx. Land of Rest is the tune name for the hymn Lord, When I Came Into This Life which will be sung in the worship service. The closing voluntary will be Praeludium in C Major fürs volle Werk by German composer J.W. Häßler.
This week we have the opportunity to hear special instrumentalists Andrea Pauw on piano and Lynanne Wilson on cello. They will provide the opening voluntary Speigel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt. Pärt is an Estonian composer born in 1935 who writes in a minimalist style, and is influenced by Gregorian chant. The closing voluntary is Melody by Croatian composter Rudolf Matz. The women of the adult choir are singing Loving Shepherd by Bob Chilcott, as well as singing a piece by Hal Hopson called Christ Be My Song with the choristers. Christ Be My Song gives words of comfort about Christ’s presence in our lives all through the day in good times and difficult times.