Our extensive and fun music program provides people of all ages with opportunities to share their love of music and talents in various ways throughout the year. If you can sing or ring bells – you’re in! Our two talented music directors ensure an uplifting and spiritual musical experience every Sunday and in special services. The Chancel Choir and Memorial Bell Choir are for anyone of high school age or older. Children in kindergarten through seventh grade can participate in the Advent Choir. More information is provided below on the various music programs that help us praise God through music.
The Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir is our adult mixed choir. Anyone of high school age or older is welcome to join our adult soprano, alto, tenor, and bass mixed choir. The Chancel Choir practices each Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. While most of our singers attend every week, if a full year commitment is too much for you to make, consider joining the choir for a season such as Advent and Christmas or Lent and Easter. Speak with one of our choir directors about what works best for you.
No auditions needed – just show up. There’s a seat waiting for you!
Ask any choir member what singing in the Chancel Choir does for them. Very likely they will say that after an exhausting day at work, it is inspirational and soothing to go to choir practice. The music lets them put the stress of the day behind, get in touch with something beautiful and holy, and end the day relaxed and uplifted. There is great joy in serving the Lord through music and wonderful fellowship among choir members. Just mention the annual pool and Christmas parties to a Chancel Choir member, and you will be convinced that singing in this choir is a terrific way to make new friends.
Join our fantastic choir directors, Judith Stafford and Wendy Amuso, next Wednesday evening for choir practice.
The Advent Choir
If you have a child in grade kindergarten through sixth grade who likes to sing – have them join the Advent Choir. This choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Laughter and joy are the tools Judy and Wendy use to gently coax angelic music from even our shyest singers. In addition, they provide each child with a tape or CD of the songs they need to learn, which greatly assists the youngest children. The choir sings at the 11am service about once a month. If your child is interested in the Advent Choir, please e-mail Wendy or Judy or call the church (716) 634-4800 to leave a message. They will be sure to make your child feel welcome and secure.
If you can’t sing to save your soul, but you have rhythm in your heart and can read music, then the Memorial Bells might be perfect for you.
This choir rings our 3+ octaves Schulmerich handbells and handchimes. The Memorial Bells perform about once a month in our 11:00 a.m. worship service and at special services. They rehearse every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.
At the present time, we do not have openings for new members. However, if you read music and are interested, please let us know. You can either e-mail Wendy or Judy or call the church office at 634-4800 to leave a message.
CrossWinds is the contemporary praise band that provides music for the 9:00 a.m. service on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. It’s members are Steven Metivier, Fred Hawke, and Chris Watson who come to us with years of experience as professional musicians. Join them and us in earnest praise and worship.
The Ring Masters Handbell Choir is a community choir that rehearses in our sanctuary every Saturday morning. It is directed by Gloria Werblow and calls upon the talents of several excellent musicians culled from the larger community. The Ring Masters grace our worship services several times throughout the year and traditionally perform a free Christmas Concert in our worship space on a Sunday afternoon in December.
During the summer months at WUMC, we have been inspired by the musical talent of many members of our congregation. Special thanks are extended to Ben Atanacio, Dave Reichard, The Village Ringers, Lori Pacer, Megan and Tea’ Prokes, William Boissonnault, Chris Watson, Steve Metivier, Jenn Hinklin, Joanna Ostroot, Nathan Miller, Patrick Gard and Mary Anne Clarke for sharing their time and talents!
Our talented musicians make Christmastime so special as so many offer their gifts and talents of song and music, making what could be ordinary, extraordinary!
How we treasure their performances as they add to our church and family memories.
Christmas services are interspersed with inspiring performances by musicians of all ages who sometimes study the music from a distance, away at college, and others fitting practice into their already bustling holiday schedule. How blessed we are to have them as joyful givers of their treasure of talent and members of our church family!