Music At Faith

Faith UMC Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is open to all adults and youth, middle school and above, and sings each week at the 10:15 a.m. worship service. The choir meets Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in preparation for Sunday worship rehearsal.   On Sunday mornings, the chancel choir rehearses from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. in the choir rehearsal room prior to worship.

In addition to singing for worship, the choir prepares two cantatas each year. Rehearsals for cantatas take place in the weeks prior to the Christmas and Easter season.  Rehearsals for cantatas are Wednesdays from 7:45 – 8:30 p.m. Extra singers are always needed for cantatas, and are welcome to join us for these special events.  Interested singers may visit a rehearsal at any time. There is no audition, and singers with little or no experience are encouraged to participate in the chancel choir and for special cantatas.

The chancel choir rehearses from the end of August through the end of May, and recesses in  June, July, and August.   If you have any questions, please contact Craig Ramberger, Director of Music.

Listen to our Chancel Choir by clicking on the audio files below:

Praise & Worship Songs – Palm Sunday

 

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

 

The Holy City

 

Rejoice Ye Pure In Heart

 

Ride On, King Jesus

 

 


The RINGERS OF FAITH

The Ringers of Faith is our adult Handbell choir, and performs for worship services once a month and for special services.  We have a 3 octave set of Schulmerich Handbells, and a 3 octave set of Suzuki Handchimes.  The group alternates from playing Handchimes to Handbells as needed.  A training Handchime choir is in the works for the future!  This group rehearses on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. from the end of August to the end of May.  The Handbell choir rehearses at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service on the Sundays that the choir will be performing.  Prior Handbell/Handbell ringing experience is not necessary to participate.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Craig Ramberger, Director of Music.

Listen to The Ringers of Faith

Crown Him With Many Crowns

 


ENSEMBLES

There are many opportunities for singers and instrumentalists to become involved in music ministry at Faith Church.  Solos, duets, trios, quartets, and women’s, men’s, and mixed ensembles enhance our worship services.  If you sing or play an instrument, there are many possibilities for you to participate in worship!  Opportunities are available in the 8:00 a.m. service, the 10:15 a.m. service, and during summer worship when the chancel choir is on recess.  Please contact Craig Ramberger, Director of Music if you are interested in enhancing our service through your musical gift!

         Flute & Piano Duet by Debbie Wright and Brandon Kouri

 


How Firm A Foundation – Trumpet Solo by Ed Bergles


         

FUMC Chancel Choir headed to N.Y.C.!

Submitted by Craig Ramberger,     FUMC Music Director

Many of you attended the Christmas Cantata at FUMC on December 18, 2016, Invitation to a Miracle, by Joseph M. Martin.  Singing this cantata was just the beginning of what was to come.  You see, Joseph Martin, the composer of the cantata is looking for a couple hundred voices to perform a very special work of his in the future!

By purchasing and presenting this brand new 2016 copyright Christmas Cantata, it set into motion a series of events that led to a very special email in my inbox.

“Dear Craig,

My name is Kimberly and I am a member of the Program Development team at Distinguished Concerts International in New York (DCINY). I had the pleasure of learning a bit about the music ministry the Faith United Methodist Church through your website – It was exciting to see that you performed Joe Martin’s Invitation to a Miracle this past December!

A big part of my job is to be on the lookout for talented groups within church communities (that’s where great music lives!) who I feel would be a great fit for our programs here in NYC, and who would appreciate the opportunity to be a part of a major collaboration with choirs from around the world.

I would love to connect you with my colleague Jason Mlynek, our Associate Director, to discuss the possibility of you and your wonderful choir joining us to work with Joe here in NYC. I have taken the liberty of sharing with him a bit about your program and he shares my enthusiasm about having you all involved in this unforgettable event.”

After a 25 minute telephone interview with Jason (asking me pretty much for my life story!), and a rather quick 1 ½ hour recording session with our talented choir from FUMC, I received a letter, dated January 25, 2017:

“Dear Craig,

In recognition of your dedication to musical excellence and due to the high quality of your audition recordings, it is with great pleasure that I extend an invitation to you and the Faith United Methodist Church Choir to participate in a performance of Joseph Martin’s Appalachian Winter on the Distinguished Concerts International New York Concert Series in New York City. This performance at Carnegie Hall on Monday, November 27, 2017, will be conducted by Mr. Joseph Martin. Congratulations to you and your singers on this wonderful achievement and recognition!

A limited number of ensembles are being selected for this special invitation.  Your musicians will join with other outstanding choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction.

I am excited about the prospect of including you and your singers in pursuit of a glorious and memorable concert. It is only fitting that you are given this unique opportunity to perform in one of the world’s greatest concert halls, which itself represents excellence and musical achievement”.

Why was this invitation extended to FUMC? In a press release sent to Craig Ramberger, Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for DCINY states:

“The Faith United Methodist Church Choir received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the high quality of their audition recordings.

It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”

So there you have it, the power of the internet!  FUMC is not just a small meaningless church in the middle of nowhere.  Anybody can learn about us anywhere in the world, and it can lead to something great!
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