We have such a variety of opportunities to worship through the gift of our talents of music and song at Brainerd Church! If you are interested in Choir, Praise Band, Handbells or the Moeller Organ, please see the information below. And don't hesitate to contact our choir director, Roberta Bishop, if you want to join us in making a joyful noise unto the Lord!
The Chancel Choir sings weekly during the 10:00am Sunday morning worship service. The mission of the Chancel Choir is to intensify all congregational worship services through the singing of hymns and anthems that enhance the Scriptures and our connection to the Word of God.
Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary Sunday, 8:45 am either Sanctuary or Ron Starnes Choir Suite Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Or contact one of the Choir Officers or members of the Music Ministry Staff.
Music Ministry Staff
Director of Music Ministry: Roberta Bishop
Organist: Jeff Scofield
Piano, Bass Section leader: Terry Sanford Piano, Tenor Section leader: Brian Ailey
Section leader, soloist: Margaret Abernathy
President: Fran Habecker Vice-President: Jennifer Patton Secretary: Debbie Larmore Treasurer: Sandy Jenkins Librarian: Sam Millard Choir Care: Doug Skramstad, Beverly Hubbs
The Moeller Organ
The organ was built by M. P. Moller, Hagerstown, Maryland, and was first used Easter Sunday 1965. The organ has four manuals (keyboards) and 4,224 pipes. Photos and further information can be found at the following links:
The Brainerd Bells
Brainerd Bells plays 3-5 times a year in service, special appearances and at festivals. The Brainerd Bells is a handbell ensemble made up of ringers from all musical experience levels. We ring five octaves of Malmark handbells and four octaves of Malmark choirchimes, and we share our music in the worship service at various times throughout the year. While music reading experience is very helpful, it is not necessary. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:00pm in the bell room (lower level of the sanctuary). If you are interested in joining the ensemble and/or learning the basics of handbell ringing, please contact Gary Bynum at Gary_Bynum@BCBST.com.
The Gospel Jam
The Gospel Jam is open to any acoustic musician at any level of expertise. We usually play folk instruments, but sometimes have musicians with clarinets, flutes, or even the harp! The Jam is a great opportunity to learn proper timing and to play by ear. The first hour is Gospel music. After a break for refreshments, there is an hour of playing any genre of music. Both segments of the Jam are structured like a typical jam session with musicians sitting in a U-shape or circle arrangement and each getting a turn to play, sing, or pass. The Jam is fun for both musicians and those who listen and sing along! Please view the Gospel Jam video under the Worship Services Tab.
The praise band plays normally every week in the worship service at 10:00 AM. If you are interested in singing or playing in the band, please contact Roberta Bishop at Choir@brainerdumc.org.