The purpose of our music ministry is to provide people who love music the opportunity to share with others the joy of singing, playing an instrument, or ringing bells as they provide music leadership in worship and enjoy Christian fellowship.
There are many opportunities to join in the music of the church. See below to volunteer or contact any of the Directors.
Chancel Choir - Practice is on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
The Chancel Choir is under the very capable direction of Dave Ryan. The choir of some 30+ singers provides music for Sunday services and other special services such as Good Friday and Christmas Worship.
Chancel Ringers - Practice on Thursdays at 7:00 pm
The Handbell Choir is directed by Sharon White. The choir currently rings five octaves of bells and occasionally adds up to five octaves of hand chimes in their musical presentations.
This handbell choir also participates in area handbell festivals.
Volunteer Opportunities to provide vocal or instrumental music during worship services
Individuals or small groups are needed to provide music in special services. This includes occasional musicals, funerals and weddings as well as Sunday Worship. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Music Director, Sharon White. Alternately, use Contact Us to leave a message at the church office.
Sharon White, Director of Music and Chancel Ringers Director
Dave Ryan, Chancel Choir Director
Dave Ryan received his BA in music education from Hamline University with an emphasis in piano, voice, and choral conducting. He received a master's degree in Musicology from the University of Minnesota. He participated in the Opera Workshop and performed lute songs as part of the Ario Consort. Dave taught public school music at Fridley High School for 19 years.
Eileen Miller, Organist and Pianist
Our organist is Eileen Miller. She has served as church organist in United Methodist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches in
The church has been blessed with some very fine instruments for our music. Although not limited to these, these are the principal ones.
The Voices of Singers
Truly, the human voice is one of the wonders of the world. Think about it.
This instrument was purchased by the church in 1993; it replaced a basic Allen model purchased when the Sanctuary was built in 1968. The new organ is wonderfully equipped; it has been mistaken by many listeners as a pipe organ. It has wonderful, full sounds of considerable variety. The organ is a model created by the Allen Organ Company for its 75th anniversary and the sounds are those digitally recorded from actual pipe organs. The FUMC organ was previously used by the Minnesota Orchestra for four years.
The previous piano was getting a bit old (more difficult to tune?) and members of the congregation have been thinking of replacing for quite some time. In 2006 the church purchased a grand piano for use in the Sanctuary. The previous upright grand is used as the rehearsal piano.
English Handbells and Chimes
These have been given to the church, largely through Memorials; several octaves were purchased over a period of years. The handbell choir was started by its first director Dorothy Straks.
The drum set was given to the church to use in various programs. This was motivated in large part because we have several talented musicians who make great music using them.