Contemporary Music: Worship Team
Contact Kenny James, Director of Contemporary Music for information on participating in the Worship Team for Contemporary services in the Fellowship Hall (guitar, percussion, keyboards, bass, and other instruments; vocals)
Traditional Music: Something to Sing and Ring About!
Many have said that one of the most pleasant, rewarding and challenging activities you can be part of is singing in a choir. At American Lutheran Church we are blessed to offer numerous opportunities for adults, youth and children to participate in wonderful choral and instrumental music. Some of the congregation’s most dedicated people are the musicians.
Contact Jim Klein, Minister of Music for more information or to participate in any of the Vocal Choirs and/or Handbell Choirs. Newcomers are always welcome! There is also an opportunity for instrumental and vocal soloists and small groups in leadership capacities in the worship services.
Vocal Choirs 2015-2016
Alleluia Choir – Ages 3-5 (Pre-K). This is a “choir in training.” The young children are introduced to several types of music-making. Each session contains singing, playing instruments, learning basic music reading, and lessons about worship or the church year.
Cherub Choir – Kindergarten – Grade 2. This choir begins to explore worship leadership and quality church music for children. Rehearsals include fun ways to explore pitch matching, rhythm and music reading.
AVAILABLE BEFORE CHERUB CHOIR REHEARSAL: “Dynamite Kids” is a kids midweek after-school program for grades K-6. Children will get healthy snack and play energetic games while building character and growing their hearts. K – Grade 2: Tuesdays, 3:00-3:45 PM. Contact Director of Children’s Ministry, Debbie Smith in the church office for details or to register.
Seraphim Choir – Grades 3 – 6. This choir sings a wide range of music from traditional to contemporary and is actively involved in worship leadership. Opportunities for solos and small group singing and instrumental accompanying of songs are available. Children are encouraged to expand their vocal range and musical abilities.
AVAILABLE BEFORE SERAPHIM CHOIR REHEARSAL: “Dynamite Kids” is a kids midweek after-school program for grades K-6. Children will get healthy snack and play energetic games while building character and growing their hearts. Grades 3 – 6: Wednesdays, 3:15 – 4:00 PM. Contact Director of Children’s Ministry, Debbie Smith in the church office for details or to register.
Youth Choir – Grades 7 -12. This choir sings a variety of styles of music in 3-4 parts. They are actively involved in worship leading. Emphasis is on developing a good choral tone, blend, and singing independent voice parts. There are often opportunities for capable singers to solo. Participates in an annual musical.
Jubilate Choir – Adult women’s ensemble sings 2, 3, and 4-part music in a variety of styles, including traditional, gospel and contemporary. This choir sings 2-3 Sundays a month. They occasionally sing with other choirs at festival worship and other special services. Music reading is not necessary, but of course, helpful.
Sanctus Choir – Adult mixed voice (SATB) choir that sings for most Sundays either at 8:00 or 10:30 AM Sanctuary service. Sanctus Choir sings a variety of styles of music from A Cappella motets to hymn arrangements; large choir works to spirituals, gospel arrangements & global pieces. Note reading is desirable to meet the demands of the music.
Handbell Choirs 2015-2016
Joy Bell Choir – Grades 3 – 6. This is a beginning and developing handbell choir. The children are introduced to basic ringing technique and easy to moderately easy handbell pieces. Music reading is not necessary, but aids in the progress of the ensemble.
Hosanna Ringers – Grades 7 – 12. This group of ringers is ringing more advancing pieces as the year progresses. They ring 5-7 times per year. They have rung for regional and state handbell festivals and will continue to be challenged as these talented young people gain experience. Note reading is helpful.
Peals of Praise – Advanced adult handbell choir that rings about twice a month at various Sanctuary worship services. Music reading is required. Often playing very demanding music, this ensemble participates in special programs and handbell festivals annually.
Chancel Chimers – Intermediate adult handbell ensemble that rings about once a month for worship. Music reading highly desirable. Plays occasionally at nursing homes, programs, and handbell festivals.
Heavenly Chimers – High school/adult chime choir group for those with special disabilities. Music is played from charts. Emphasis is on gradual skill development through gentle encouragement. Will play for worship when musicians feel ready and comfortable, as well as for community events.
Advanced Handbell Ensemble – Duet, trio, quartet, quintet. Rehearsals as scheduled.
Other Areas of Musical Interest & Opportunity
- Church orchestra
- Vocal solo, vocal duet/trio/quartet, etc.
- Brass, woodwind and string ensembles
- Handbell solo, duet, and small ensemble
- Men’s choir
- Piano accompanying
- Substitute organist
- Instrumental solo