“O come let us sing unto the Lord.” Psalms 95:1
The Music Ministry of Davidson United Methodist Church is a large, inter-generational program devoted to the fulfillment of the church's mission statement. Music is a vehicle through which persons of all ages may find opportunities for worship, education, fellowship, and service. In short, music is an "instrument" through which we are able to experience each of these in the body of Christ.
The emphasis of DUMC's Children's Choirs is primarily education. As they learn about music, they also learn about God and the faith community. It's a great way to sing and share God's love and learn age-appropriate spiritual and musical concepts.
Children's Choirs are available for ages 3 (as of August 31) through Grade 5 and meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:45-6:30 p.m.
- The Rainbow Ringers (Wednesday Handchime Choir) - An introductory ensemble where ringers learn to read music on a staff, musical notation, and chords to accompany hymns in worship.
- The Celebration Ringers (Thursday Beginning Handchime Choir) - A beginning to ring choir, very much like the Wednesday Handchime Choir, but open to all ages, Grade 2 through adults!
- The Praise Ringers (Wednesday Handbell Choir) - The most advanced children’s ringing choir. Ringers must have previous experience in ringing and demonstrate a knowledge of musical notation, rhythm values and patterns, as well as procedures for caring for the bell equipment.
Contact: Susan Weathers (704-892-8277).
Youth Choirs begin to focus on worship, leadership, and service in the greater community. Through choir retreats, choir tours, singing in Sunday morning worship as well as other special services, and projects that teach the role of servanthood, our youth begin to understand their creative and artistic gifts as tools for discipleship.
Our Youth Choirs are divided into two groups:
Middle School Choir (Grades 6-8) meets Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Congregational Care House (262 South Street; accessible from the back of the DUMC parking lot).
Senior High Youth Choir (Grades 9-12) meets Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Chapel.
Both groups will lead regular Sunday morning worship services, but they will also lead special seasonal services (for example: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Ash Wednesday, and Holy Thursday). All this performing requires regular attendance, but there is no experience necessary. Contact Rev. Kevin Turner (704-892-8277).
Youth Handbells (Middle School Grades 6-8 and High School Grades 9-12) rehearse Mondays from 4:15-5:30 p.m. in the Handbell Room.
Youth Handbells provides a ringing experience for our youth. This group leads regularly in worship, tours with our youth choirs, attends a regional youth handbell festival, and also plays in our local community throughout the year. No ringing experience is necessary. Contact Katie Ann McCarty (704-892-8277).
Adult Ensembles provide various opportunities for college age and older adults to become involved in a small faith community, to participate in worship leadership, and to serve both the church and the local community.
The Chancel Choir regularly leads worship on Sunday mornings and is open to anyone college age and older. This choir also sings concerts or services for other occasions or holy days as announced. This choir is an important supportive ministry of DUMC and a vital instrument in the building up of the body of Christ. Choristers clearly understand and accept their call to guide and enhance the experience of worship for the whole congregation, and minister to one another as a caring community. Weekly rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (extended to 9:00 p.m. during busy seasons). Childcare is provided for rehearsals, services, and all choir fellowship activities. The Chancel Choir is directed by Rev. Kevin Turner (704-892-8277).
The Chancel Handbell Choir performs intermediate/advanced music in worship
periodically throughout the school year, and also performs annually during
“Christmas in Davidson.” The ability to read music and previous handbell experience is preferred, and commitment to weekly rehearsals is necessary (Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m., September-May; childcare provided). The Chancel Handbell Choir is directed by Katie Ann McCarty. Contact Allison Shutt (704-892-8277).
Grace Notes is an adult handbell group that meets during the day (Tuesdays, 11:15 a.m.—12:15 p.m.; childcare provided). The group is open to everyone; no experience ringing bells or reading music is necessary. Contact Katie Ann McCarty (704-892-8277).
The Matins Choir is named after the term for "Morning Prayer" in the Church of England. The Matins sing for our weekly 8:00 a.m. service. This is a volunteer choir, which gathers before worship to rehearse the service music for that morning. This choir provides the perfect musical opportunity for persons who enjoy singing and helping to lead worship, but cannot come to evening rehearsals during the week. Contact Katie Ann McCarty (704-892-8277).
"Manbells" Handbell Choir
Led by Rev. Kevin Turner, this all-men's group rehearses Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m. in the Bell Room.
The Compline Choir is available periodically as an advanced choral opportunity for persons interested in working on special choral repertoire for holy day services, Evensong, or Compline service. Persons interested will be asked to register for six to eight rehearsals leading up to the particular choral performance. Each service provides a new opportunity for singers who may not be able to commit to an on-going choral group. Rehearsals are held weekly on Wednesday evenings leading up to the event. For more information, contact Rev. Kevin Turner (704-892-8277).
The Instrumental Ensemble meets for six to eight weeks prior to playing in church. We focus on enhancing the service music, providing preludes, offertories, postludes, and choral accompaniment. If you play an instrument and want to serve through this vital offering, contact Katie Ann McCarty (704-892-8277).