Music Ministry


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!

Chancel Choir

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.

Rehearsals

Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary    Sunday, 8:45 am either Sanctuary or Ron Starnes Choir Suite    Contact choir@brainerdumc.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

CHOIR OFFICERS:

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:

http://database.organsociety.org/SingleOrganDetails.php?OrganID=25013

http://www.agochattanooga.org/regional-organs-database/chattanooga/brainerd-united-methodist-church/

 

http://videos.timesfreepress.com/Scofield-plays-celestial-sounds-on-Brainerd-United-Methodist-pipe-organ-28913964


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.

 


Praise Band

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.