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.
Joyful Noises (2nd grade and up): It’s that wonderful time of year; the Joyful Noises begin rehearsal on September 9! All ages will be preparing to lead worship on World Communion Sunday, October 7. We will begin worship with Dios esta aqui (God Is Here Today), a simple folk like refrain from Latin America. One story of the song tells us it “may have originated in a Mexican prison where prisoners’ access to the outside, or even to open air beyond their cells was limited. In this situation the most simple of blessings — morning sun, air — were examples of God’s love.” [C. Michael Hawn in Halle, Halle: We Sing the World Round, (Dallas, Choristers Guild, 1999.)] The Joyful Noises will also be leading the congregation in the singing of The Lord’s Prayer. This version is based on a West Indian folk tune. The Lord’s Prayer is also part of our hymn study this year as it is #271 in the United Methodist Hymnal.
The Youth Ensemble will also begin learning a piece for handchimes and the harmony line of our anthem for November. We may even practice with the liturgical ribbons for All Saints’ Sunday. This is going to be a very diverse year of worship arts for the ensemble.
Angel Choir (3yrs-1st grade): The Angel Choir will begin meeting during the first week of fall faith formation classes. We will be singing songs that help us to learn each other’s names, praise God, and sing together as a group.
Joyful Noises: Different songs speak to different people. The Joyful Noises sing 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.
This year we will be helping each chorister set goals for what skills they, as an individual, are ready to build upon in addition to working toward our group goals.
These young people are full of joy and energy as they offer their voices in a ministry that touches everyone in the congregation. They are learning that they each have something of value to offer, that they are a vital part of our community, and that they are leaders in worship. -Lynne Lew, member of LWUMC
Angel Choir: The Angel Choir is going to find many different ways to move to music, play rhythm instruments, and sing in unison. They will echo their director and each other with their speaking, whisper, shouting, and singing voices. We will also be reinforcing the ideas of listening when someone else is speaking and taking turns.
Joyful Noises: In December the Joyful Noises are going to sing to and with their friends at the Madison House Retirement Center in Kirkland. As usual there will be an intergenerational sing-along of hymns chosen by the residents. There will also be opportunities for the generations to share with each other some of their favorite things to do at Christmastime.
We also hope the Kirkland Choral Society will be joining us in co-hosting another Community Holiday Sing-along.
Angel Choir: At the beginning of the choir year our emphasis will be on sharing instruments and other materials with each other and taking turns. Later in the year we will broaden our sharing musically to our church and our community. (At whatever pace is right for each child.)
Stuff You Need to Know or Fill Out:
- Joyful Noises Calendar and Basic Information
- Angel Choir Calendar
- 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.