Music Ministry

The Music Ministry exists to lead the congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church in joyful worship through music that glorifies the living God, encourages the body of Christ, and magnifies the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.

1 Chronicles 16:29a

about

The Music Ministry plays a vital role in the worship of Westminster Church. Under the leadership of our Director of Music, the Music Ministry nurtures the musical gifts and spiritual lives of all ages in the preparation of music for worship services and special concerts.  

Our Music Ministry includes numerous choirs, instrumental ensembles, and small groups.  There are also recurring opportunities for soloists and accompanists to serve.  Please contact Frank Dodd for more information on how you can become involved in the Music Ministry.

vision

As we lead through music, the Music Ministry strives to exercise and develop the God-given musical talents of this congregation, so these gifts can be further used to glorify Him

Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
Psalm 147:1

Music Series

 Westminster Music Concert Series

2022–2023 will be announced soon

Soli Deo Gloria Sunday Nights

2022–2023 will be announced soon

Westminster Music Concerts are open to the public.

A free will offering will be taken.

No registration is needed to attend, unless otherwise noted.

Participate

Qualifications for Participation

No matter your age or skill, we invite you to participate.

  • A saving knowledge and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord of your life
  • A desire to honor the Lord with your musical gifts in worship services
  • A commitment to rehearsals and services
  • An attitude of joy in music-making that overflows into rehearsals and times of fellowship with other musicians

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

—1 Corinthians 10:31

Choirs

Sanctuary Choir

This choir of mixed, SATB voices, is open to all singers, Grade 9–Adult. A variety of outstanding choral repertoire is sung in the Sanctuary Choir, covering a wide range of time periods and musical styles. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays from 7:30-9 PM in Music Rehearsal Room 203. This choir sings weekly at the 11 AM service, September to the beginning of June. In addition, they sing at the following special services: Thanksgiving Eve, 10 PM Christmas Eve, Holy Thursday, and Easter 8 AM & 11 AM. The Sanctuary Choir also has an annual Saturday choir retreat in the fall and typically presents one large-scale choral work in concert during their season.

matins choir

This choir of mixed, SATB voices, is open to all singers, Grade 9–Adult, and requires a smaller time commitment than Sanctuary Choir. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays from 6-7 PM in Music Rehearsal Room 203. The Matins Choir sings approximately once per month at the 8 AM service, September–May. In addition, they also sing at the following special services: 6 PM Christmas Eve service, and Easter 8 AM & 11 AM services.

CHILDREN’S PRIMARY CHOIR

The Primary choir is open to all children in Grades 1-3 and introduces the fundamentals of good choral technique to beginning singers. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays from 5:30–6:30 PM. The Primary Choir sings at the 11 AM service from September to May. Primary Choir rehearsals include both singing and fun games to build music literacy skills that last a lifetime.

CHILDREN'S JUNIOR CHOIR​

The Junior choir is open to all children and youth in Grades 4-8 and introduces them to two- and three-part singing. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays from 5:30–6:30 PM. The Junior Choir sings at the 11 AM service from September to May. Junior Choir rehearsals are packed full of singing students are challenged to reach their full potential as vocalists.

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

—Psalms 33:3

Instrumental Ensembles

Instrumental ensembles meet on a regular basis but not necessarily weekly. Music is presented in morning or evening services and frequency varies between each ensemble. Contact Frank Dodd for more details. The following instrumental ensembles play periodically with rehearsals scheduled by the director:

  • Brass Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Flute Choir
  • Clarinet Choir

handbell Ensembles

JUBILATE RINGERS

This 2-3 octave handbell choir is open to beginning and intermediate ringers of all ages, Grade 4-adult. Rehearsals take place Tuesdays, September–May from 6:15-7:15 PM in Music Rehearsal Room 203.

WESTMINSTER RINGERS

This 3-octave bell choir is open to all experienced ringers, Grades 9–Adult. Rehearsals take place Tuesdays, September–May from 7:15-8:30 PM in Music Rehearsal Room 203.

Soloists, Pianists, & Other Opportunities

Vocal and instrumental soloists are needed weekly to share the gifts God has given them, both in our morning and evening worship services. Prelude, anthem, offertory, and musical offering opportunities abound and are scheduled quarterly.

Pianists are specifically needed to play Sunday evening services and to accompany various ensembles and Sunday School classes.

Other extended opportunities exist for musicians, including:
• Twenty-minute Advent Concerts presented in the Sunday evening services during Advent
• A twenty-minute and thirty-minute prelude preceding the 6 PM and 10 PM Christmas eve services, respectively
• Weekly Wednesday Evening Services during Lent
• Westminster Music Series