Here at Mt. Washington UMC, music has always been an integral part of worship. All of our 3 major choirs are multi-generational and use music from the past to today. Several parties spread throughout the year allow fellowship and friendships to grow. There are many ways to give of yourself in the worship and praise of God through music.
The Chancel Choir is our SATB choir that brings anthems to our Sunday morning worship. The choir sings from September through May. Throughout the summer, several members share their voices through solos and duets. The choir draws from an extensive library of over 500 titles and adds several new songs each year. Rehearsals are from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Wednesday evenings.
40 Days is our instrumental and vocal praise team which leads the congregation in praise music during Sunday morning worship throughout the year. Rehearsals are from 6:30 PM – 7:30PM Wednesday evenings during the summer months and 6:00 – 7:00PM Wednesday evenings the rest of the year.
Hand Bell Choir
The Handbell Choir plays periodically throughout the year. The choir uses a 3 octave Schulmerich English Handbell set as well as a 3 octave Malmark Choirchime set. The Handbell Choir draws from an extensive 150+ library for all levels of playing. Rehearsals are 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Sunday morning’s right after worship.
Off Book Theater Company @ Mt. Washington UMC
Our inaugural year! As part of our creative outreach, we have begun a new ministry producing live theater
Our first show of the 2017- 2018 will be 1940’s Radio, A Christmas Carol. The long-awaited sequel to the popular The 1940 Radio Hour. It’s Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hotel room in Newark, NJ, and set to present their contemporary “take” on Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Whether it’s the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor, but radio novice, William St. Claire, this radio show is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show. St. Claire’s escalating foibles and acting missteps propel the show to a simultaneously comedic and heart-wrenching dramatic climax: St. Claire has an on-air breakdown, and begins to connect his own life with that of the classic Dickens tale. In order to “save the show,” the company improvises an ending to Charles Dickens’ classic as a film noir mystery, featuring a hardboiled detective, a femme fatale, and an absurd rescue of Tiny Tim (and the Lindbergh baby) from the clutches of a Hitler-esque villain named Rudolf! Show dates are December 8, 9, and 10th with dinner 1 hour prior to start of show.
Auditions – We will be having open auditions August 20th and 21st from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and start rehearsals in early October. The role of Cliff Feddington has already been cast. Information on characters can be found at this link, http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/868/1940s-radio- christmas-carol- a
Our final production of our inaugural season will be two Christian children’s musicals, It’s Cool In The Furnace and The Babble at Babel
It’s Cool In The Furnace – Bible stories are timeless, and the tale of a Godly guy named Daniel, his three side-kicks and a fiery furnace is about as cool as it gets. So too is the classic children’s musical that recounts this captivating tale with humor, action, and spiritual heart. With the thirty-five year anniversary re-release of It’s Cool in the Furnace by Grace Hawthorne and Buryl Red, a whole new generation of kids will get to experience this certified “standard” for the first time, just as another generation will get to relive what made this 40-minute musical adventure an instant classic.
The Babble At Babel – A wonderful retelling of the Tower of Babel which teaches us about unity and arrogance. Learn why God at times intervenes with a divisive hand in the affairs of man. The shows will run in late spring of 2018.
Please check back often for audition dates and tickets.
The Children’s Choir performs a few times a year for special occasions. The age range is generally from 5 to 12. Contact the Director of Music, Dennis Betz for further details.
If you are a singer and/or instrumentalist and aren’t able to commit to a weekly regimen, there are opportunities to perform as a soloist or for special programing. For further information or would like to share your talents, please contact the director of music, Dennis Betz at email@example.com
The music program is currently looking for a back up drummer for our praise group 40 Days and there are two openings for our handbell choir.