Choirs for three year olds through 12th graders are directed by Stephanie McIlwain Miller.
See “New Parent Information” link below for more detailed information about these choirs.
The Joyful Noises and Angel Choir begin summer vacation following their activities on the weekend of May 13-14, 2017.
Some pictures of the Joyful Noises from their 2015-2016 choir season are here and of the Angel choir here.
Joyful Noises (2nd grade and up): During worship in May the Joyful Noises are sharing the anthem All the Earth Sing Forth, arranged by Hal H. Hobson. It was originally composed by Johann Sabastian Bach in 1734. It sounds like all nature is dancing when they sing this song.
Holy Communion is very special to the choristers; many have trained so they can serve it. Some of their favorite songs have to do with the community and love found at “the table.” Each time they lead worship they sing the leader portions of the responses during the Great Thanksgiving. During the Sanctus, the youth ensemble also plays handbells.
Angel Choir (3yrs-1st grade): In May the Angel Choir sings Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying with the Joyful Noises and the entire congregation. You might see some of them doing the motions Stephanie does to help them remember the words to this Call to Prayer.
Joyful Noises: The Joyful Noises are learning a wide variety of music this year: songs from Africa, a bluesy spiritual, an English folk tune, a little J.S. Bach, and a popular hymn. Different songs speak to different people. The choir sings for the glory of God and to help create “thin places” through which the congregation might encounter God in worship. Therefore, each chorister works to sing every song as if it is their personal favorite.
Youth members are “lucky!” They have also been learning how to sing more difficult harmonies, play handbells, and twirl liturgical ribbons. (You’ll see those again on Pentecost!)
I am delighted that these choirs are a part of our ministry team at LWUMC,
and I am excited to lead worship with them! — Pastor Paula
Angel Choir: The Angel Choir is having fun moving their bodies and voices in many different directions. They echo their director and each other with their speaking, whisper, shouting, and singing voices. The youngest member recently made it through his first rehearsal without mom and the oldest can join the Joyful Noises in the fall. It is exciting how the choristers are developing new skills — each at their own pace!
Joyful Noises: For the second time this choir year (because the choristers asked Stephanie if they could visit more than once) the Joyful Noises are going to sing to and with their friends at the Madison House Retirement Center in Kirkland. This visit they will sing them through the entire Christian year! As usual there will be an intergenerational sing-along of hymns chosen by the residents. In between all the singing everyone will share some of their favorite things to do during the summer. You are invited to come join in the fun and ministry on Saturday, May 13 at 2:00.
Angel Choir: With the helping hands of Youth Gathering, Angel Choir made 50 sleeping bag warmers for our guests in Safe Parking and for Camp Unity Eastside.
Stuff You Need to Know or Fill Out:
- Choir Calendar and Basic Information
- Learn about Instrumental Music Opportunities
- New Parent Information
- Angel Choir Registration Form
- Joyful Noises Registration Form
- Emergency Information Form
- Driver Registration Form
- Choir Photo Release
- Joyful Noises Music Folder Agreement
- Please download, print, complete and return forms to Stephanie.
Chancel Choir will be on break from June-September.