Calvary Choirs & Music
CALVARY CHOIRS & MUSIC
Music plays an important part in the life of Calvary United Methodist Church.
There are currently several choirs for voices and handbells. These choirs participate in Sunday morning worship services as well as special holiday services. Previous musical experience is not mandatory to join any of the choirs, just a commitment to serve God through the gift of music! We would like to invite any and all to find the choir(s) that interest you and become involved in the music ministry of Calvary!
Calvary United Methodist Church also has an active Concert Series program. Click HERE to find out the most current schedule.
THE SANCTUARY CHOIR
The anchor of Calvary’s Music Ministry, the adult choir sings every Sunday through the choir season. Through a range of musical styles, this choir works to heighten the worship experience through musical offerings that amplify the scripture and message of the day as well as the liturgical season. Through our shared sense of mission we sharpen our musical skills, spend time laughing and sharing, give of our time and talent – all to the glory of God!
Older youth that would benefit from this opportunity are encouraged to join us!
The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00pm.
JOYFUL NOISE RINGERS
The Joyful Noise Ringers is an adult handbell group. They practice on TUESDAY evenings from 6:30 – 715 p.m. The bell choir participates in Sunday worship services and other special events. No previous handbell experience is necessary.
THE GENESIS CHOIR
The Genesis Choir was started in 1992 to offer a musical experience to the younger children of the church. Its members are age 4 through 1st grade. They meet from 12:30 to 1:00pm on Sunday afternoons. They learn to praise God through music and movement! It is truly a joy when this group participates in Sunday Worship.
THE SONSHINE CHOIR
The Sonshine Choir is the choir for children from 2nd through 5th grade. This choir sings approximately once a month in worship services from September through June. They are also encouraged to participate in outreach efforts such as singing at Homewood. They meet from 1:00 to 1:30pm on Sunday afternoons.
BELLS FOR JESUS
For 2nd through 5th graders, these children learn the art of handbell ringing on a 2 octave set of Malmark Handbells. Beth Waskey generously volunteers her time to direct this choir. They are conveniently timed to rehearse at 12:30 – 1:00pm on Sundays, while the younger ones are singing.
Originated as a guitar ensemble, AGAPE has become an integral part of Calvary’s Music Ministry. Adding piano and vocals to the ensemble has enabled this group to present contemporary songs full of meaning and message to our congregation. AGAPE director, Rob Summers.
CALVARY MEMORIAL PEAL
With much gratitude to the generosity of many donors, a set of eight full circle peal bells cast by John Taylor Bellfounder of Leicestershire, England was installed in 2004. Calvary’s peal bells are a part of Frederick’s unique standing as possibly the only place in the world where all three Western bell instruments are within hearing distance of each other, along with the Carillon at Baker Park and the Chime Set at Trinity Chapel.
In 2006, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Tour of Historic Houses of Worship, all three sets of bells were rung at once.
In addition to Calvary’s peal bell ringers, ringers from around the world visit Calvary for peal attempts.
New bell ringers from Calvary are needed to ring all the bells. Please contact the Director of Music Ministries, Joche Wilmot, or visit a Sunday morning practice session to see if ringing is a good fit for you.
With help from the Washington Ringing Society, we try to hold practice sessions the first two Sundays of the month at 9:30am.
The ringing room is located at the top of the stairs as you head to the church balcony.
Please contact Joche Wilmot, Director of Music Ministries, for further information about any of our choirs.
Joyce Summers, choir accompanist and Community Concert Series coordinator.