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!

Click to view fall ensembles and rehearsal times.

Adult Performing Ensembles

Westminster Choir

September—May

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. Contact Amanda Weber for more information.

The Chamber Ensemble

Chamber Ensemble is an auditioned smaller ensemble that rehearses and performs on a periodic basis for services and special events. Contact Amanda Weber to schedule an audition.

The Global Choir

September—May

Global Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble which explores the vast landscape of sacred music from all over the world. The choir sings once a month, most frequently at the 8:30 am service, but occasionally at The Clearing and Gathered at Five. Global choir rehearses on Sundays from 11:40 am-12:30 pm in the adult choir room, generally the Sunday before singing in worship. All are invited to participate regardless of age or experience. This group is for anyone who wants to “think globally and sing locally!” For more information, contact Barbara Prince.

Handbell Choir

September—May

The Handbell Choir provides Westminster members and friends with an opportunity to experience music through the playing of handbells and choir chimes. This ensemble rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 6-7pm in the Great Hall and plays occasionally in worship and for other special events. Previous bell choir experience is not required, though basic music-reading skills are necessary. For more information, contact Mark Kieffer.

Children & Youth Choirs

The Westminster music program offers opportunities for children beginning age 3 through 12th grade. These musical ensembles run 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 them an active role in that drama. Development of musical skills contributes to self-esteem and a fuller life experience.  Read more about the music ensembles on the Families, Youth, and Children page, connect directly with Brad Ollmann, Director of Early & Middle Childhood Music, or Ryan LaBoy, Director of Youth Music.

Contact

Melanie Ohnstad
Minister of Music & the Arts/Organist


Amanda Weber
Interim Director of Choral Ministries

Barbara Prince
Program Facilitator for Music & the Arts

Ryan LaBoy
Director, Youth Music

Brad Ollmann
Director, Early & Middle Childhood Music

Mark Kieffer
Director, Handbell Choirs

Rehearsal Schedule

Adults (Sept-May)

Sundays

11:30 am-12:15 pm
Global Choir
(one Sunday per month)

Tuesdays

6:00-7:00 pm
Handbell Choir

Wednesdays

6:30–8:30 pm
Adult Choir

Youth (Sept-May)

Sundays 

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- occasional Sundays
(instrumental ensemble)

Wednesdays 

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