Wesley is home to a diverse, multi-faceted music ministry. From handbells to historic organs, Wesley’s members have many opportunities to experience—and make—a joyful noise.
Wesley’s Chancel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Barrington Coleman, is made up of everyone from university students to retirees. The choir rehearses weekly and performs regularly during the 9:30 service. Additionally, the choir has held special concerts at Wesley and at Allerton Park. The choir is always interested in welcoming new members, whether you are an expert singer or an enthusiastic novice. The Chancel Choir rehearses every Wednesday, 7:00 -8:30 p.m., in the Choir Room. If you are interested in joining the choir, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wesley Handbell Choir is a multigenerational group of players, with skill levels ranging from novice to expert. Players work together, in a fun and relaxed environment, to make beautiful music to accompany worship at Wesley. The Handbell Choir plays on the first Sunday of each month during the traditional worship, as well as at special occasions. With rehearsal once a week (7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in room 49), scheduled around the University of Illinois break schedule, the Handbell Choir offers a unique and low-stress way to enjoy making music. If you are interested in joining—the choir welcomes everyone, even if you’ve never touched a handbell before—contact the choir director at email@example.com. Small ensembles are available for special performances; please contact the director to schedule.
The praise band at Wesley is a small, flexible, and eclectic group of musicians who lead the 11:15 worship service. We have been blessed to have a number of committed and talented individuals over the past few years. The current line-up includes a pianist, drummer, bassist, back-up vocalist, and acoustic guitar Most of the group’s members are graduate students. All music is read from lead sheets so interested musicians should have a relatively good ear. Music is mainly drawn from contemporary Christian musicians such as Gungor, Chris Tomlin, John Mark McMillian, Israel Houghton, Ascend the Hill, and Rend Collective Experiment. The goal is to worship together through creating music that any congregation member can join in on. We are open to just about any creative and spirit-filled musician who wants to join us, its quite informal.
The children’s choir rehearses every Sunday during Sunday school. Along with singing, they learn how to play hand bells and various percussion instruments. The children perform during the traditional church service once a month. They also participate in the Hanging of the Greens Christmas pageant and the Easter Sonrise service, where they sing and perform skits. During summer vacation bible school, the children’s choir learn songs and dances.
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