From vocal choirs and handbell choirs to a church-wide, intergenerational musical, spirited and artful music brings an extra dimension to worship. Would you like to join us? Contact John M. Albrecht, Director for Music Ministries, with questions. Check the Music Calendar for information about performances, rehearsals and more.
Music for our Adults (college and beyond) will continue to draw on the solo and small ensemble skills of volunteer vocalists and instrumentalists in live streamed worship. We look forward to welcoming six of our eight LU Music Scholars back to campus this fall.
The Sanctuary Choir will resume on Wednesday, September 9 from 6:30–7:30 PM with a “Tailgate” Outdoor Mask-to-Mask Social in the West (main) Parking Lot, following by varied experiences each week.
Our 2020-21 music programming may include: Zoom singing/rehearsing; parking lot tone-chime rings (September 30 and October 7 from 6:00–6:45 PM, masked in the West Parking lot); an optional (virtual) basic musicianship class; outdoors Scholars’ Sunday 5:00 PM rehearsals (begins September 13); Zoom class voice training by choir section; Zoom socials; an optional Virtual Choir project (pending updated technology); part study on a major work.
Please indicate your interest to John Albrecht by emailing [email protected]
The Sanctuary Choir
The Sanctuary Choir provides the musical centerpiece for Sunday morning worship during the program year. The choir sings a widely diverse repertoire, including oratorio choruses, traditional anthems, contemporary works, gospel music, sacred jazz, and global music. During the Advent and Lent/Easter seasons, the choir performs major works with orchestra.
The Sanctuary Choir has sung in cathedrals in England, Scotland, and Wales, and most recently performed an auditioned program at the 2016 Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. In 2009 the choir premiered its commissioned anthem, “Pentecost,” by British organist/composer Malcolm Archer. Collaborative projects such as the Ike Sturm Jazz Mass with the Ike Sturm Jazz Ensemble in 2013 and the John Rutter Mass of the Children with the Appleton Boychoir in 2014 broaden the sound and experience of the ensemble.
The Sanctuary Choir welcomes new members, including students in high school, throughout the year. No audition is required.
Do you need childcare in order to join the choir? Our Church Mice Youth Group is for children ages 4 through grade 6. The evening begins with 30 minutes of homework time and piano practicing followed by craft projects, movies, and games.
Check the Music Calendar for rehearsal dates.
The Lawrence University Music Scholars
Our special partnership with the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music students has been established for more than sixty years. Through this program, students share their talents and enrich our worship. In return, the church provides stipends that help them to pay their educational expenses. An equally important goal of the program is to encourage these students to share their musical gifts with Christ’s church beyond their college years.
Membership is by audition invitation.
Check the Music calendar for rehearsal dates.
The church’s extensive collection of percussion instruments provides opportunities for percussion ensemble offerings. A 2017 gift of four new timpani is our most recent addition.
New members are always welcome in the percussion ensembles, including adults and students. The ensemble generally performs each fall. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed once performances are arranged.
Check the Music Calendar for the next performance date.
Instrumentalists and Vocalists
Keyboard, brass, winds, strings and percussion instruments, chamber ensembles and voices help us celebrate God’s gift of music in worship. Solo and chamber opportunities are available throughout the year. Musicians, including adults and students, are encouraged to volunteer.