Music

Our music is a gift from and offering to God.

Music is a vital and integral part of worship at Westminster. We sustain ourselves as individuals and as a congregation through rich worship experiences filled with diverse artistic expression, with our music reinforcing and heightening the meaning of Scripture and the spoken word.

We welcome participants of all ages and levels of experience to join our choirs, play the handbells, or serve as an instrumentalist in an ensemble. There is joy to be shared through music!

Adult Performing Ensembles

The Westminster Choir

The Westminster Choir rehearses Wednesdays from 6:30–8:30 pm and sings every Sunday in the 10:30 worship. This choir sings the great sacred repertoire from all musical periods and enjoys the musical development, social outlet, and spiritual growth of their time together. Reading skills and previous musical experience are helpful.

The Chamber Ensemble

The Chamber Ensemble is an auditioned smaller ensemble that rehearses and performs on a periodic basis for services and special events such as the annual Christmas Dinners.

The Global Choir

The Global Choir explores the vast landscape of sacred music from all over the world. The group practices after the 10:30 am service, generally the week before singing at the 8:30 am service once per month. All are invited to participate regardless of age or experience. This group is for anyone who wants to add a new adventure to their musical quest! 

Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir, which rehearses Tuesday evenings from 6-7 pm, provides Westminster members and friends with an opportunity to experience music through the playing of handbells and choirchimes. This program is centered around music appropriate for inclusion in the worship services and an outreach opportunity for our friends and neighbors here in the community.

Children & Youth Choirs

Westminster’s program involves children age 3 through 12th grade. The children’s music program runs in tandem with education to nurture a lifelong desire to participate in worship and a faith community. Through the choir experience children learn commitment, attachment, the content of the creeds and the fun of singing. The choirs give children a garden in which to grow and successfully express their praise. Being in choir pulls a young person into the immediacy of the worship situation and gives her/him an active role in that drama. Development of musical skills contributes to self-esteem and a fuller life experience.

Contact

Melanie Ohnstad
Minister of Music & the Arts/Organist


Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
Director of Choral Ministries

Ryan LaBoy
Director, Youth Music

Brad Ollmann
Director, Early & Middle Childhood Music

Barbara Prince
Director, Global and Chamber Choirs; Program Assistant, Music & the Arts

Mark Kieffer
Director, Handbell Choirs

Rehearsal Schedule

Adults

Sundays (Westminster)

11:30 am-12:30 pm
Global Choir (one Sunday per month)

Tuesdays (Central Lutheran)

6:00-7:00 pm
Handbell Choir

Wednesdays (Westminster)

6:30–8:30 pm
Adult Choir

Youth

Sundays (Westminster)

8:30–8:50 am
Recorder Choir 1
8:30-9:10 am
Westminster Abbies
8:50–9:10 am
Recorder Choir 2
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Psalmists (instrumental ensemble)

Wednesdays (Central Lutheran)

6:00–6:25 pm
Cherub Choir
6:25–6:55 pm
Seraphim Choir
6:55-7:30 pm
Choristers Choir