Choirs

The Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir, an ensemble of 65 voices, rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:15-9:15 p.m. and sings at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. The group also presents concerts throughout the year. Their concerts have been recognized by the Nashville Scene for their excellence.  Of the choir’s 2017 performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, local music critic Walter Bitner wrote, “For nearly 90 minutes in muted light filtered through stained glass windows, I heard Sebastian’s marvelous and inspired music as close to the way he conceived it as I will hear it live all season, as I will have heard it all year.  It was glorious.”

An internationally renowned ensemble, the Chancel Choir has made nine tours to Europe as part of the church's ministry since 1986. The Chancel Choir will be singing for the 2020 Regional Convention of the American Choral Directors’ Association in Mobile, AL; marking the second time they have been invited to perform for ACDA.  They have also sung at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Fellowship of United Methodist Musicians. For information about joining, contact Matthew Phelps at mphelps@westendumc.org or 615.321.8500.

The Sanctuary Choir

The Sanctuary Choir, an ensemble of 24 voices, rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m and sings at the 8:45 a.m. Sunday worship service. Founded in 1991, this accomplished group sings standard anthem repertoire, performs in concert with the Chancel Choir and sing Evensongs regularly. The group performed for the 2012 Convention of the American Guild of Organists and often performs with St. George Episcopal in Nashville, TN. For more information contact Andrew Risinger at arisinger@westendumc.org or 615.321.8500.

Children’s Choirs

The Children's Choir program runs from mid-September through Palm Sunday, rehearsing on Wednesday evenings, 5:45-6:45 p.m. Three choirs offer opportunities for children from age four through the sixth grade. Along with leading in various Sunday worship services, the children learn music theory, and use Orff instruments and drums in their choirs. For more information or questions, contact Andrew Risinger at arisinger@westendumc.org or 615.321.8500.

Youth Vocal Ensemble

The Youth Vocal Ensemble consists of youth in grades 7-12. The ensemble runs from September through April and rehearses at noon (conclusion of 11 AM worship) on Sundays in Scales Chapel. The ensemble leads worship and sings choral music that includes classic and more contemporary repertoire. For more information or questions, contact Matthew Phelps at mphelps@westendumc.org or 615.321.8500.

Adult Handbell Choirs

The Joy Ringers is an advanced handbell ensemble that rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. They perform at worship services throughout the year, at the annual Candlelighting Service, and on Easter Sunday. Membership is by invitation. Interested people should contact Matthew Phelps at mphelps@westendumc.org or 615.321.8500 for more information.

Youth Bell Choir

Open to youth grades 7-12, the youth handbell choir rehearses at noon (conclusion of 11 a.m. Worship) on Sundays in the Bell Room (Room 410)
September-April. They perform at worship services throughout the year and at the annual Candlelighting Service. This group is conducted by Carla Fox. Interested people should contact Matthew Phelps at mphelps@westendumc.org