Music Ministry at Grace

          New season starts in September!

  

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Praising God through Music

 pictured: The Wesley Singers Youth Choir

 

There are fifteen musical groups at Grace UMC!  Music is an integral part of congregational life at Grace, and people from four-year-old children, on up to our senior adults participate in offering music for the glory of God. A wide variety of music opportunities are available and all are welcome. For more information about our Music Ministry please contact the church office or the group’s director to find out more about getting involved in music ministry here. Our 2018-2019 season kicks off in September. Come join us!

 

Singing Choirs

The Chancel Choir    Starts September 5th

Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 7:30-9:15 pm (September - June) 

Director:     Milton Rodgers  

The Chancel Choir is the main adult vocal ensemble of Grace Church and sings three times a month for worship services. This choir also participates in special services, such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Holy Week, and also sings at least one larger work each year. Music reading experience is not required to join the choir.  

 

The Treble Ensemble     Starts September 9th

Rehearsal:  Sundays, 6:45-7:45 pm (September - June)

Director:      Lynn Jost  

The Treble Ensemble is for adult female singers who read music and who want a smaller group experience. The Treble Ensemble sings on the 3rd Sunday of the month and often participates in holiday services.  


The Grace Notes    Starts September 10th
Rehearsal:  Mondays, 7:15-8:15 pm (September - May)
Director:      Lynn Jost 
The Grace Notes choir is devoted to a cappella choral music.  This choir is an intimate ensemble of singers with music reading and choral experience. Open to young adults and adults. The mixed voice choir sings on the 1st Sunday of the month at the 8:25 am or 11:00 am service on a rotating basis.    
 

The Wesley Singers Youth Choir      Kickoff is September 9th

Rehearsal: Sundays, 4:45-6:00 pm (September - June)

Director:     Lynn Jost  

The Wesley Singers is Grace UMC’s dynamic youth vocal choir for students in Grades 6-12. The choir typically sings twice a month for worship services.  No music reading experience is required to join the choir. The Wesley Singers  participate in special services such as Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday, and also perform one concert each year. The choir takes their music ministry "on the road" each summer with a tour that combines concert performances and outreach mission support to the tour city community.     2017-2018 Calendar

 

Praise Bands

Thrive Music Team

 

Thrive Worship at 9:45 am

Thrive Worship Coordinator:  Steven Field

 

The Thrive Music Team is a fun and adaptable bunch! Committed to leading authentic worship for Thrive, these musicians will provide an array of musical styles from contemporary to traditional worship songs. The flexibility of this music team allows the congregation to connect in a fresh and inviting way each and every week. 

 

GotHymn?

Rehearsal:  Sundays, 12:00 - 2:00 pm (September - June)

Student led/Adult mentors

GotHymn? is Grace's contemporary youth Christian music ensemble for both singers and instrumentalists. This group of middle and high school students leads Youth Worship and plays at events and worship around the church and beyond. Practices vary so please check the website calendar. For more information, please contact the church office.

 

 

Ringing Choirs

The Parrish Bells    Starts September 9th
Rehearsal:  Sundays, 7:45-9:15 pm (September - May)
Director:      Milton Rodgers  
The Parrish Bells are the advanced handbell choir at Grace. Music reading is a prerequisite. This seven-octave bell choir typically rings at the 8:25 am and 11:00 am services on 3rd Sundays and also participates in some special services such as Christmas Eve and Easter. They participate in handbell festivals, have toured in Germany three times, and were one of the founding choirs of the Northern Virginia Handbell Festival.  
 
The Grace GosBells
Rehearsal:  Mondays, 7:30-9:00 pm (September - May)
Director:      Diana Rybinsky
The Gosbells are the intermediate/beginner handbell choir. Music reading is helpful but not a prerequisite. This choir usually rings at the 8:25 am and 11:00 am services on 4th Sundays. They often participate in the Area III Adult Handbell Festival in Ocean City, MD. They welcome participants of all ages, including youth in grades 6-12.  For more information, please contact Milton Rodgers.

 

The Chimers

Rehearsal: Mondays, 10:30-11:00 am (September - May)

Director:     Milton Rodgers

The Chimers are a mission-oriented chime choir that visits various older adult facilites on Mondays during the school year to lead a time of singing with the residents. No music reading experience is required.  For more information, please contact Milton Rodgers.


Instrumental Ensemble

 

The Grace Brass Ensemble

Rehearsal:  Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm

Director:      Allan Anderson

The Brass Ensemble is open to any brass player 7th grade through adult.  They play approximately once a quarter for the morning worship services and for other festive worship services (Easter, Christmas).  For more information, please contact Milton Rodgers or look at the  Grace Brass Ensemble web site.  Also, you can see their Facebook page and their Twitter page.

 

Children's Choirs

Joyful Singers      Starts September 10th

Rehearsal:  Mondays, 5:15-6:00 pm (September - April)

Directors:    Rick Deeter and Wesley Singers' Youth Directors

The Joyful Singers is a singing choir for children ages 4 - Kindergarten. This choir sings at the 11:00 am service on the third Sunday of the month during the school year.  Rehearsal begins in the Sanctuary for group gathering time with the elementary choirs, then moves down to the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Milton Rodgers for more information.


Asbury Choir Jan2016Asbury Winter MusicalAsbury Singing and Ringing Choirs Starts September 9th

Rehearsal:  Mondays, 5:15-6:30 pm

Our Asbury singing and ringing choirs are for children in 1st-5th grades.  Asburys begin their weekly Monday rehearsals at 5:15 pm with a group gathering time in the Sanctuary, and then split into age levels to spend a half hour in singing rehearsal and a half hour in ringing rehearsal, with Asbury rehearsal concluding at 6:30 pm. Contact Milton Rodgers for more information about our Children's Music Program.

  • The Asbury Choir is for students in Grades 3-5 and rehearses in the Choir Room from 5:30-6:00 pm with Milton Rodgers and Lynn Jost. The choir sings at varying worship services, with the schedule determined each fall. They participate in the Choristers' Guild festival every other year and join with the Asbury Singers to present a spring musical during worship services.
  • The Asbury Singers is for students in Grades 1-2 and rehearses in the Choir Room from 6:00-6:30 pm with Milton Rodgers and Lynn Jost. The choir sings at varying worship services, with the schedule determined each fall. They join with the Asbury Choir to present a spring musical during worship services.
  • The Asbury Ringers choir is open to students in Grades 3-5 and rings about once every other month in worship. Students learn the basics of ringing and are led by experienced youth and young adult ringers from 6:00-6:30 pm in the Sanctuary.
  • The Asbury Chimers choir is open to students in Grades 1-2 and rings about once every other month in worship. Students learn the basics of ringing and are led by experienced youth and young adult ringers from 5:30-6:00 pm in the Sanctuary. 
 
 

 

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