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Music Ministries

For more information about any of the music groups, or solo or ensemble opportunities in worship,
contact Ellen Davis, Director of Music, 570/326-5569 or stjnmusicdir@verizon.net

Vocal Groups

Chancel Choir
Open to any youth and adults who are interested, this group sings anthems and congregational music in both of the morning worship services and for special services.  Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Choir Room, during which time the choir works on anthems and choral techniques, and shares in devotional and prayer experiences. Rehearsals begin September 10th.

Voices of Grace (Women’s Ensemble)
This group rehearses on the first and third Thursday of the month, 5:45-6:45 p.m. in the Choir Room.  Under the direction of Connie Hepler, the women sing in worship and for special events. Rehearsals begin September 17th.

Praise Band DaySpring The newly formed praise band leads the contemporary worship service one Sunday a month and will participate in church and community events. The band consists of instrumentalists (elected guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboard, drums) and vocalists and plays a variety of contemporary Christian songs. Rehearsal are Monday evenings in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. Contact Daun Williamson at daun.williamson@gmail.com or 570-560-8409.


Christmas Choir
A new choir open to any interested youth and adults.  This group rehearses with the Chancel Choir to prepare special music for the Christmas season.  Rehearsals begin in mid-October.
 
Instrumental Groups
 
K-2 Grades
New this year, group ringing will be part of the Sunday Evening Fellowship Activities (once or twice a month) in the Choir Room.  The K-2 Graders will prepare a song for the Christmas program (December 13).  Director:  Megan Hartzel.

3-5 Grades
New this year, group ringing will be part of the Sunday Evening Fellowship Activities (once or twice a month) in the Choir Room. The 3-5 Graders will prepare a song for the Christmas program (December 13) and possibly for worship.  
 
 Youth Handbell Choir
Youth entering the 6th grade and older are invited to join this ensemble, which participates in worship about four times a year.  Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons, 5:00-5:45 p.m. in the Choir Room, and include physical warm-ups, technique exercises, and work on handbell music.  Beginner ringers must meet with the Director before joining. Rehearsals will be September 20th.

Youth Instrumental Ensemble
Open to any instrumentalists in 6th grade and older, of all levels of experience, this group provides music for special occasions during the year.  Rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings, 5:30-6:00 p.m.(specific dates TBA).  Director:  Dawn McCandless.

Worship Ringers
A new group that offers creative uses of handbells in worship to enhance readings and congregational singing.  Open to any interested youth or adults.  No experience necessary!  Rehearsals will be held every other week at a time agreeable to participants.  

Chancel Handbell Choir 
High school youth and adults with ringing experience are invited to join this group as openings become available.  Currently, openings are available for the 2015-2016 year.  New ringers must meet with the Director before joining.  Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Choir Room.  The group plays in worship every 4-6 weeks and for special services. Rehearsals begin September 16th.

Handbell Ensemble
Open only by audition to members of the Chancel Handbell Choir.  This group rehearses on Wednesday evenings, 8:15-8:45 p.m., following the Chancel Handbell Rehearsal.  Ensemble configurations and worship participation will be determined by the members’ schedules. Rehearsal dates TBA.
 
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