Music at United Presbyterian Church
Our worship services at United Presbyterian Church are filled with a wide-range of of music. Worship on Sunday morning gatherings is communal, participatory, inclusive, and representative of those who are gathered. We take seriously the wide-range of ages and walks of life that represent our congregation. As a result, our worship music is representative of the experiences, values, traditions, and rhythm of the congregation as a whole. We sing contemporary music, folk-tinged songs, hymns of old lead on piano and organ, re-tuned hymns, liturgical songs, choral anthems, chant, and sung responses to name a few. We have multiple groups of people who assist in leading congregational song and participation, which includes: a worship band, chancel choir, handbell choir, instrumentalists, a Celtic-inspired ensemble, and a children’s ensemble.
Listed below is information and recordings of the groups. For more information about the groups, joining the groups, or other ways of getting involved, please email Aaron Schultz, the Director of Worship and the Arts, for details.
The worship band leads congregational song using a range of contemporary musical expressions. The band regularly consists of vocalists, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, mandolin, bass, drums, piano and keyboard. We have many talented instrumentalists at the church, so other stringed, brass, and woodwind instruments also play in the band with regularity. The worship band is on a rotating schedule and meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8:15pm for rehearsal. Here are some examples of what you might hear on a given Sunday:
The Chancel Choir sings a wide-range of music in the services of worship here at United Presbyterian Church including; traditional anthems, liturgical songs, congregational hymns, and collaborative pieces with some of the other ensembles. All people are welcome to join this group regardless of choral experience. We have folks who sing in the choir ranging from middle-school aged to the nineties! This inter-generational ensemble is a wonderful way to make enjoyable music, serve the church, learn skills in singing and reading music, as well as simply having fun. We rehearse weekly (from the months of September to June) from 6:15-7:15pm in the choir room. The attendance policy also allows people who can only commit to singing occasionally to participate in the ensemble. Here are some examples of the chancel choir singing:
Our Handbell choir plays music on the 3rd Sunday of each month. This ensemble plays a wide variety of music from classical tunes to gospel hymns and everything in-between. The Handbell Choir is open to anyone high school age and above, and is always looking for new members willing to share their gifts with the congregation. They meet weekly (from the months of September to June) on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:15pm. .
Celtic-Inspired Music Group
This music group plays mainly during our mid-month worship service here at United Presbyterian Church. They play Celtic and other music using a unique mix of instrumentation that includes: hammered-dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, banjo, mandolin, guitar, flute, percussion, and violin. Here is an example of what the ensemble sounds like:
Other music groups at UPC
We have groups of musicians that are formed for occasional services and concerts. If you are an instrumentalist and would be interested in using your gifts in worship, please let us know. Instrumentalists often collaborate with the worship band, chancel choir, and/or accompanist in a service of worship. Below are a few examples of occasional small music ensembles: