Music & Choirs
The Westminster Chancel Choir singing Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque
The mission and structure of the music program at Westminster Church are intended to encourage and enable the entire church family to participate – to serve, learn, and grow in knowledge and ability, and to have fun in fellowship. Evolving with the changing demographics of the congregation, the music program is geared toward developing and employing potential musical gifts and strengths within the membership. The choir family and I warmly welcome anyone wishing to join us in a most rewarding endeavor, and I encourage you to contact me at the church with any questions.
You can also download this year’s Music at Westminster information in a format suitable for printing.
Peter J. Van Eenam, Organist and Choirmaster
The 2016-2017 choir rehearsal schedule is as follows:
- Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs (rehearsing jointly): Wednesdays from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., beginning August 30
- Brass Choir: Mondays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., beginning August 21
- Chancel Choir: Wednesdays from 7:30/8:00 – 9:30 p.m., beginning August 23
- Four-in-Hand Ringers: Thursdays from 8:00 – 8:30 p.m., beginning September 14
- Handbell Choir: Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., beginning September 14
- Rainbow Choir: Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m., beginning October 3
- Recorder Ensemble: Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., beginning September 14
- Trombone Choir: TBA
- Westminster Choristers: Sundays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., beginning August 27
- Westminster Strings TBA
- Young Musicians’ Class Mondays from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m., beginning in October 2
Richards, Fowkes & Company’s Opus 7 organ was installed in the main sanctuary and voiced beginning in September 1998. It was dedicated the following May with a recital given by Robert Clark, who served as the consultant. The organ is 33 ranks, with 25 stops on two manuals and pedal. It is strongly influenced by the work of Arp Schnitger and the North German/Dutch tradition and yet reflects an eclecticism that successfully supports the wide range of musical demands placed on it by the many periods of church music included in worship and concerts at Westminster.
Westminster also has a lovely organ in the back gallery of the Chapel/Fellowship Hall (the original sanctuary of the church). Marty and Frank Marsh gave it to Westminster in 1969 in loving memory of their daughter, Cathy Marsh, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1968. The organ was dedicated on Easter Sunday of 1969. Alfred E.Lunsford of the Schantz Organ Company built the instrument, modeled after North German and Dutch organs of the Baroque period, combining a Schantz console and German pipework. Its 14 ranks of pipes appear as 12 stops on two manuals and pedal.
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