The Brass Choir participates in Sunday worship services and other special occasions throughout the year. Beginning in September, the Choir rehearses approximately three or four weeks for each service of participation: around six to eight times per year. High school and adult brass players are welcome. Contact: Karl Zinsmeister, Director of Music.
The Chancel Choir sings for the Sunday 8:15 a.m. worship services and rehearses on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. Anyone is welcome to join and no auditions are required, however the ability to match pitch is necessary and some music reading skill is desirable. Members of the choir have the opportunity to join with the Sanctuary and Seasonal Choirs for special occasions during the year. Contact: Kirsten Homdrom, Associate Director of Music.
The Handbell Choir rehearses on Mondays from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m., September through May. Some music reading ability is essential to participate. The choir rings for Sunday worship services about once a month. Handbell assignments are worked out for ringers who are able to participate on a service by service basis, therefore you may ring for part or all of the year. Contact: Karl Zinsmeister.
OnPoint House Band
The OnPoint House Band provides music for the casual OnPoint worship service each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. To find out how you might participate, contact Rich Richards, Associate Director of Music.
The Sanctuary Choir sings for 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship, September through May, and 11:00 worship June through August. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. High school students are welcomed to participate with adults in this choir and no auditions are required, however, the ability to match pitch is necessary and some music reading skill is desirable.
The choir sings a major work (usually with orchestra) twice a year (Lent and Advent), and for Evensong (first Sunday in November). To prepare for the major works, rehearsals are extended to two hours in length eight weeks prior to each presentation. There are also occasional Saturday rehearsals. Contact: Karl Zinsmeister, Director of Music for more information.
Seasonal Choir members join either the Chancel or Sanctuary Choirs for the seven weeks prior to Christmas and Easter to prepare additional or larger scale choral-orchestral works. Preparation for these services each fall and spring involves one hour per week for the season plus two Saturday morning rehearsals. High school and middle school youth (by consultation with the Director of Music) are invited to be seasonal choir members. Contact: Karl Zinsmeister, Director of Music.
Witness to the Resurrection (funeral) Choir
All are welcome to participate in this Choir to lead singing at funeral services. There is no rehearsal or warm-up before the services, and the Choir does not sing anthems. When a service of Witness to the Resurrection is scheduled, Choir members receive an email notification of the service date and time. A Choir Guild member is present to help Choir members robe and line up to enter the choir loft. To be added to the email notification list that is sent to Choir members, please contact Karl Zinsmeister (staff). More information about joining the Witness to the Resurrection Choir Guild and/or participating in the Choir is available from Sarah Clapp (staff).
Our Chancel/Sanctuary/Seasonal Choirs are currently working on:
October 1 (World Communion Sunday)
Introit: Katyushka (Russian folk melody; text by John DeLuca)
Other: Gospel (solo cantor) Mt 20:1-16
Offt. Anth: Kyrie/Josquin DesPres
Chor. Bend: In Beauty We Walk/Navaho prayer
Anthem: Gregorian Chant/Victamae paschali laudes
Offt. Anth: Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word/Martin Luther
Offt. Anth: Choralis Constantinus, excerpt/Heinrich Isaac
Anthem: Psalm 130, Out of the Depths/John Ferguson
Offt. Anth: A Mighty Fortress/arr. John Rutter, with brass
October 29 (Reformation Sunday; orchestra and choir)
Chor. Resp: All Breathing Life, excerpt from motet BWV 225/J.S. Bach
Anthems: God Is Our Sun and Shield, cantata 79, choral movements/J.S. Bach