Singing in the choir is a great way to meet people! From September to May, the Westminster Chorale, rehearses on Thursday nights from 7- 8:30 p.m. It is open to anyone 6th grade or older. During the summer, try the Summer Choir, which rehearses in the Music Room 45 minutes before worship on Sunday mornings. Kris DeWild is our Choir director and organist.
Please email the church office for more information or if you have questions.
A recent article from Kris DeWild, our choir director and organist.
Why Not Sing?
by Kris DeWild, Choir Director and Organist
One of the saddest remarks I have ever heard is, “I can’t sing.” And I’ve heard this too many times, from people who feel once-removed from music, who feel they need to leave music to the professionals, who feel they need to apologize for their lack of expertise. Sadder still, there is often a so-called professional in the past whose influence was less than positive.
Everyone can sing! God’s gift of song is for everyone, everyday.
Recently at Westminster Presbyterian we celebrated the infant baptism of a child named Owen. Owen has a beautiful voice, and he shared it lustily during the time he was in the chancel area, often glancing at the choir to make sure they could hear him. He knew he could sing and he wanted to share that gift with everyone, and everyone present that day was blessed by him. Was he on pitch? Were his rhythms correct? Who would ask that? (No one).
I hope you can find a little Owen in your grownup self. When we sing our songs and hymns as a congregation, there is no music grade at the end of worship, no one is keeping track of accurate pitch, rhythm, or intonation. We are singing with each other to God, it’s as simple as that. And God is pleased; the Bible is full of gentle reminders to sing.
A few years ago there was a scientific study that put heart monitors on choir members, and what was discovered makes me so happy: When people sing together, in a fairly short amount of time, their hearts start beating together. Scientists call this “entrainment.” We literally become one heart as we sing with others. Singing is also scientifically linked to happiness and better physical, mental and emotional health.
I will wisely leave the last word to a poet:
I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the river
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not, how shall
I correct it?
Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?
Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning