Music Opportunities at First UMC
Music is alive at First UMC! Our exciting and dynamic music ministries allow people of all ages and abilities to give praise and thanks to God in a variety of different ways, and provide opportunities to serve others. Currently, more than 50 persons of all ages sing, ring, or play an instrument to the glory of God.
Our goals in the ministry of music are:
to beautify and enhance worship through music and other arts;
to educate our children in the function of music in worship and to further their Christian faith and education through the texts of hymns and anthems;
and to give opportunities for fellowship and service to all members of the church through God’s gift of music.
Music opportunities are always available to new members, and we encourage everyone in the congregation to participate. The only requirement is a true desire to be of regular and dedicated service. Childcare is provided for all adult choirs as needed.
Tom Michalek: Director of Traditional Music; Director of Chancel Choir;
Director of JuBELLation Bell Choir
Brandee Schram: Director of Contemporary Praise Team
Barbara Sergeant: Organist and Chancel Choir Accompanist
Joe Vanderpool: Director of Contemporary Music; Director of Youth Music;
Children’s Choir Director
Contemporary Praise Team
Contact: Brandee Schram,
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Participate in Worship: Sundays, 9:00 a.m.
The Praise Team is a group of volunteer lay people who help lead the congregrational songs during our contemporary worship. We meet on Wednesday evenings to practice, pray, visit, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company. Singers and instrumentalists of all kinds are needed. Our age range is from middle-school through adults of all ages!
Director: Tom Michalek,
Accompanist: Barbara Sergeant
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Choir Room
Participate in Worship: Sundays, 11:00 a.m.
The Chancel Choir is a non-auditioned group of singers who meet on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 service. The choir is comprised of people of all musical abilities. New members are always welcome and needed. The choir participates in Sunday worship at 11:00 a.m., and presents seasonal music each year.
The Chancel Choir is a unique and friendly, welcoming community that will embrace you and make you want to come back week after week to serve God through music ministry.
Interested in Joining? Please contact Tom Michalek, Director of Traditional Music: for more information. Remember, no audition necessary!
JuBELLation Bell Choir
Director: Tom Michalek,
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in Room 102
Participate in Worship: Monthly from Sept. – May
What are Handbells?
Handbells were created in England to provide a practice instrument for the carillons. A handbell ensemble is basically an instrument that takes at least 11 people to play. It takes coordination, good rhythm, and fun rehearsals to have a successful handbell choir.
What brand of handbells do we play at FUMC?
We ring on 3 octaves of Schulmerich handbells (a total of 37 bells), and 3 octaves of Schulmerich handchimes. The handbells are made of bronze, while the handchimes are made of aluminum alloy. These handchimes have a different tone than the handbells, and are used to create contrasting moods within pieces.
Who rings the handbells?
The JuBELLation Bell Choir plays during worship on a regular basis, as well as at occasional events in the community. The ability to read music is necessary to join this excellent group of players, but ringing experience is not required. Some of our members have been playing in the FUMC Bell Choir for 20 years, and others are brand new.
We are also friends. We laugh a lot, and share each other’s life burdens and joys and pray for one another. The ministry that happens before, during, and after rehearsals is truly a gift to the group.
For more information contact Tom Michalek, Director of Traditional Music,
joyful noises children’s Choir
Director: Jon Marquez
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. in the Choir Room
Participate in Worship: Monthly
The goal of the children’s choir ministry is to involve our children in worship. Rehearsals involve singing, movement, games, camaraderie, and fun. The children sing during worship approximately once a month.
Middle School Music Ensemble
Director: Joe Vanderpool,
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Participate in Worship: As often as possible during all months, though the ensemble only meets during the school year.
The primary goal of the Middle School Music Ensemble is to involve the Youth of the Church in adding to the worship experience through Music. We seek to use the existing talents that students have whether that be playing an instrument they learned in school, singing, or even using percussion instruments. The church provides some instruments, but the voice can always be used. We just want to involve the youth in the music aspect of worship as much as they are willing to be involved.
The contributions of this ensemble are constantly changing. We are always looking for new ways to get involved with worship and would love to have you join us. We use this time to work on everything from group contributions to as individual as working on solo opportunities. This is a fun, flexible time for youth to get involved.
Rehearsal Time: Wednesdays from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
The Brass Choir is a group of people who bring their experience with brass instruments into our Worship with a flair. They play some hymns as they are and others in various styles of jazz, blues and dixieland. The church does have some instruments, but encourages participants to bring their own. The Choir will add their sounds to worship on occasional Sundays. You will love to join this group to share music and laughter and food. If interested in the Brass Choir, contact Ray Crowl or Fred Catlett