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): Wow! It’s Holy Week already. After participating in the processional on Palm Sunday the Joyful Noises continue into Holy Week. At the end our 7:00 Maundy Thursday service the Joyful Noises Youth Ensemble will be sending forth the congregation with A Prayer for Mercy from A Mass for Treble Voices by Allen Pote, including the ancient Greek text “Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison,” which means “Lord, have mercy, Christ have mercy.” On Easter Sunday they will be helping lead the 10:00 worship service singing and ringing Share the Easter Joy by Mark Patterson. They will also procession in with the communion elements as white ribbons twirl during the processional hymn. During the final hymn they will be joined by the Chancel Choir (adults) in singing a descant to the final verse of Christ Is Alive, an 18th century hymn with new lyrics by Brian Wren.
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.” When they lead worship on the first Sunday of a month (including Easter) they sing the leader portions of the responses during the Great Thanksgiving. During the Sanctus, the youth ensemble often adds to the praise by ringing handbells.
Angel Choir (3yrs-1st grade): The Angel Choir will be ringing in Easter during 10:00 worship when the congregation sings Christ the Lord Is Risen Today. They are also preparing to sing the anthem God Is Here with Me with the Joyful Noises on May 6 during worship.
Joyful Noises: The Joyful Noises are learning a wide variety of music this year: songs from South Africa (sung partially in Zulu) and France, a song with a Latin lyric, a praise song, etc. 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.
The choir has made a lot of progress this year in improving their dynamic range (how loudly or softly they are singing) and their dynamic changes (sudden, gradual, etc.). Led by the youth, they have made a leap forward in their ability to sing more intricate harmonies. Stephanie had to scramble to find some more challenging music for them.
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 having a lot of fun moving to music, playing rhythm instruments, and learning to sing in unison. They echo their director and each other with their speaking, whisper, shouting, and singing voices. We are also reinforcing the ideas of listening when someone else is speaking and taking turns. Learning to play handchimes the last couple of months has been really fun! Did you know that we are better at random ringing than grown-ups usually are?
Joyful Noises: In May, 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 during the summer. You are invited to come join in the fun and ministry on Saturday, May 12th at 2:00.
Angel Choir: For Easter Sunday the Angel Choir is preparing to share how beautiful handchimes can sound during a hymn. In May they will be sharing a song about how God is always with us. This song often makes Miss Stephanie cry.
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.