Music

Please consider becoming a member of our musical family! The exploration and nurturing of our faith through music is an integral part of our spiritual life at Westminster. Our ensembles are led by Interim Director of Music Ministries, Dr. Benjamin Hutchens.

If you are interested in joining one of our ensembles, Ben is interested in hearing from you! While previous experience is helpful, Ben firmly believes that everyone can learn to be a capable musician. He is passionate about helping musicians of all levels achieve greater confidence and ability. Contact Ben at [email protected].

Adult Ed in August – Hymns at Westminster

Sundays August 5, 12 & 19 | 9–9:45 AM in Haverkamp Room

Make plans to join Director of Music Ministries, Ben Hutchens, in this 3 week mini-series as he explores the role of hymns at Westminster.  We are blessed to have an extensive music ministry that touches persons of all ages and ability levels.  These classes are open to everyone – listeners, singers, instrumentalists, and those that are simply curious to learn more about how music is made and its role in Worship at Westminster. 

While choral anthems and instrumental music are an integral part of our services, congregational hymns are truly the musical backbone of worship.  In this mini-series, Dr. Hutchens will examine hymns found in our hymnal.  Together we will explore the poetry, the music, and how the two combine to create a deeply spiritual whole.  Each week we will learn about how hymn tunes have inspired instrumental music from Voluntaries and Chorale Preludes at the organ to complete Symphonies.  The hymns discussed will be used in worship that day thereby giving those in attendance not only a deeper academic knowledge of the hymns, but also the opportunity to experience worship through music with this newly found knowledge freshly in their head. 

Come to all or some of these classes – no need to commit to all three.  Bring a friend!

August Music Club for Kids

Sundays August 12, 19, 26 | 10:20–11 AM in Creation Station (3rd Floor)

Parents of children in grades K-5: mark your calendars! On the last three Sundays in August, your music ministry team will offer a Westminster first: August Music Club. Just after the children’s sermon on each of these Sundays, the children (grades K-5) will be lead up to Creation Station for a time of musical fun. There will be singing, ringing, and storytelling. This is a great time for all kids to learn more about their faith through music. While we would encourage everyone to continue, participation in the August Music Club does not commit a child to choir in the fall. 

We know that schools are on break and families travel in August, so please know you are welcome at some or all of these meetings! The children will learn a verse of the familiar hymn “Come, Christians Join To Sing” and will offer it in worship on September 9, the first Sunday of our program year with our adult choir, bells, and brass!

Westminster Choir

The Westminster Choir is an adult volunteer choir; it leads worship weekly at the 11:00 AM Sunday worship services.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:30-9 PM and Sundays, 10:15 AM
Location: Choir Room 112

Commitment and level of musicianship to participate:

  • Able to read music on some level
  • Punctuality and focus
  • A reasonable regularity of attendance of rehearsals
Choir Members Page

Westminster Ringers

An advanced group of adult and older youth handbell players (5 octaves Schulmerich). Plays at the 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship service 6 times a year.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 6:30–7:30 PM
Location: Sanctuary

Commitment and level of musicianship to participate:

  • Previous handbell-playing experience, at least an intermediate level
  • Commitment to attend rehearsals consistently

Celtic Cross Ringers

The Celtic Cross Ringers is back to ringing! We began on November 29 and hope to bring a piece of music to worship in the new year. There are a few open places in this choir – why don’t you come and give ringing a try? Previous experience is not required and ringing is a great way to get to know new folks who share a love of music. 

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 PM
Location: Sanctuary

Commitment and level of musicianship to participate:

  • No handbell experience necessary!
  • Commitment to attend rehearsals consistently

Children’s Choirs

Our two Children’s Choirs, the Genesis Singers (grades K-2) and the Covenant Singers (grades 3-5), learn vocal and choral skills through singing songs that teach faith concepts and the story of God’s people. Our young singers bring their music to Sunday worship about once a month, fostering their development as worship leaders.

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 5:15-5:45 PM or 5:45 PM-6:15 PM
Location: Room 304

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Youth Ensemble

All 6th-12th graders are invited to continue to strengthen and expand their musicianship and personal and choral singing skills. Share your instrumental skills in worship, including ‘classic’ orchestral and band instruments, electric and ‘rock’. Take leadership in introducing the Glory to God hymnal to our congregation. Bring a variety of types of music to worship, including classically composed and hymn based anthems, Gospel, Spiritual and Christian Rock. Questions? Contact Molly Roden at [email protected].

Rehearsals: Sundays, 6–7 PM (between Youth Fellowships)
Location: Choir Room 112