It’s been one year since our music program took an unprecedented and unplanned hiatus due to the pandemic. In March 2020, the Adult Choir was prepared to present its annual Easter Cantata, when it became necessary to drastically adjust all programming.
Throughout the summer and fall, solos and duets were featured for the online worship services, and during the Advent season, the Adult Choir recorded anthems for the online worship services. Starting in February, the choir will begin meeting outside on a covered patio to rehearse and record anthems while observing the safety protocols set forth by our Bishop and the government. Gradually, we are beginning to emerge from isolation and are very excited to once again be a community singing to the glory of God.
The Adult Choir will present a cantata on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 via a videotaped presentation. Be sure to watch on desertskiesumc.org website for a truly wonderful musical story of Christ’s love and sacrifice.
Adult Choir Rehearsal and Recording Sessions – Spring2021:
SATURDAYS @ 2:00–3:30 PM on the Fellowship Hall Patio[Houghton Campus]
The Handbells have been rehearsing and playing for services during the fall of 2020. Typically, the Handbells play for one service per month, and we hope to resume that schedule in March until the Handbells break for the summer.
Handbells rehearse: WEDNESDAYS @ 6:00–7:00 PM[Houghton Campus]
The Praise Band has continued to rehearse and record during the fall and Advent seasons and have provided special music for several services. At present, the Praise Band needs a drummer, bass player, back-up vocalist, and a lead guitarist. If you know someone who would like to “stretch their chops” or pick up the instrument they used to play, please contact the Vail Praise Band Leader Scott Jones or Dr. Alex “Doc” Shawn, the Director of Music.
Praise Band rehearses: SATURDAYS @ 9:00–11:00 AM[Vail Campus]
Ring and Sing is designed for children up to and including Grade 6. This is a great way for young people to learn about bell ringing and singing. The basics of music reading are included in the rehearsals. It is anticipated that Ring and Sing will resume rehearsals in the fall of 2021. Check back here for more information.
Ring and Sing rehearses: SUNDAYS @11:15 AM-12:00 PM [Houghton Campus]
Beginning Fall 2021
Youth Handbells is also on hiatus until the fall of 2021 when we anticipate rehearsing again. If you would like more information on this group, please contact the Director of Handbell Choirs, Dr. Raymond T. Ryder, or Dr. Alex “Doc” Shawn.
Youth Handbells rehearse: SUNDAYS @ 11:15AM–12:15 PM [Houghton Campus] Beginning Fall 2021
Doc Shawn,Director of Music and Congregational Care