It seems only days ago that I was writing this blog and thanking so many dedicated volunteers for another great year in traditional music. While it's hard to believe, our youth and adults will be returning to weekly rehearsals again on Wednesday, September 6th to kick off the 2017-2018 season.
Once again, summer flew by, and we were blessed by the musical offerings of so many talented individuals: Natalie Woodrow, The Woodrow Flute Quartet, Jenny Palguta, Paul and Brenda Harkins, Dorothy Russell, Amy Weis, Ashwin Pandian, and Rachel and Daniel Sachs. A new friend at MUMC, Barbara Gibler, will sing for us on Labor Day Sunday.
Also, this summer the choir room was transformed into a beautiful Chapel. The music ministry would like to thank Mike Davis and Paul Harkins for their labor of love in painting the space. While the lectern, kneeling bench, baptismal font, and Communion table have a history with our church, the wooden cross is a new piece created by John Palmer specifically for the Chapel. Thanks, John! Mark Adams led a moving dedication service at 8:35 on August 20th, as 16 of us gathered in the Chapel to consecrate it to the Lord. Thanks, Mark!
As I mentioned earlier, traditional music ensembles will begin rehearsing again weekly on Wednesday, September 6th. The Edge youth choir, which is for youth in grades 7-12, will rehearse at 7:30 in the sanctuary. However, until we have 4 or 5 committed members, Hi C's children's choir will not begin rehearsals. Please contact Natalie Woodrow, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have a child in grades 2-6 who would like to participate in Hi C's. Jubilation Bells will rehearse in the sanctuary this year at 6:30; the Chancel Choir will rehearse in the choir room/Chapel at 7:30. We are always in need of substitute handbell ringers (no ringing experience is necessary, but the ability to read music is required). And, we welcome any adult who loves to sing to join us in chancel choir - especially tenors and basses!
Whether Summer or Fall, Winter or Spring, there is always something exciting happening in traditional music. Soli deo Gloria!
Jodi Adams, Musical Arts Director for Traditional Worship