Music

“MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE


to the Lord”

-Psalm 98:4

 

Music is an integral part of worship at Germantown Presbyterian.

The Chancel Choir enhances the 11:00 a.m. worship with awe-inspiring presentations. During the year, a variety of special musical events are presented. Many of these are accompanied by the 32-rank Wicks pipe organ as well as brass quintet, strings, and other instruments.

Chancel Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the choir suite.

Children participate in Kids Ring and Sing, a music program designed for children 4 years – 5th grade. (see Kids Ring and Sing below).

Handbell choirs are also offered for Youth and Adults. (see below)

 

OTHER MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

 
The GPC Chancel Choir is comprised of approximately 70 individuals (40-50 on average each Sunday) who love to sing and who are dedicated to leading our congregation in worship through music. The choir sings a mix of traditional anthem repertory, spirituals, contemporary/20th century selections as well as standard cantata and oratorio repertory. Trumpets, brass quintet and various other instrumental combinations are used frequently to enhance the worship experience. The congregation has grown to anticipate and expect presentations of sections of Handel’s Messiah with Chamber Orchestra during Advent and Lent.

The choir sings regularly at the 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship service. On special occasions such as Easter and the Sunday before Christmas and other dates, the choir presents special music presentations at both 8:30am and 11:00 am worship services. (4-6 times a year). Rehearsals are at 7:15pm-9:00pm Wednesday evenings in the choir suite. New choir members are always welcome. If you are new to GPC and have a choral background, the Chancel Choir is the place for you. Contact Jerold Teachey , Director of Music, at [email protected] for more information.

Kids Ring and Sing is a music program which incorporates singing and ringing handbells, designed for children, 4 year olds – 5th grade.

For the objectives of the children’s music program, please click here.

Children’s choirs meet during the school year on Sunday evenings 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The choirs are divided into two groups: Cherub Choir is designed for 4 – 6-year-olds, and the Older Choir is for 2nd-5th grade children.

Karen Schowalter Cooper is the director for the Cherub choir; Sandra Franks directs the 2nd – 5th grade children. The children learn to use their singing voices correctly. They are introduced to traditional and current church music and offer their music during worship services throughout the year, including specials programs in December and May.

For more information contact Sandra Franks at [email protected]; Karen Schowalter Cooper at [email protected].

The Jr. Liberty Ringers is a handbell choir for children in 3rd – 5th grades. Children learn correct handbell ringing technique, learn to read music, and create lots of different sounds using handbells, mallets, and various other tools. The skills they learn are offered in worship throughout the school year.

Children will also take trips to play handchimes for area hospitals and retirement communities throughout the year.

GPC handbell choirs are designed for all levels of abilities and ages. The goal of the handbell program is to glorify God with the gifts and talents He has given and to use those gifts as an offering for worship. Each bell choir rings the 5 octave set of Whitechapel bells which were cast at the London-based bell foundry in 1965 and purchased by GPC from an Ohio church in 1990. All groups rehearse in the bell room, UL217.

Carolyn Mason is the director of all groups and can be contacted at [email protected].

Adult Handbell choir – Whitechapel Ringers
This choir is designed for those who read music easily and have some ringing experience. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Jr. Liberty Ringers is part of the Kids Ring and Sing program (see Children’s Music above).

The Liberty Ringers is a handbell choir for youth, grades 6 – 9. This is a short-term choir that meets for 6 weeks at a time and offers their music in worship.

 

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