The goal of the Music Ministry is to unite the congregation in worship and in song, singing our theology, sharing our experiences, and celebrating our future.
Everyone is welcome as we recognize the importance of broad participation by all ages within our congregation, from preschool children to adults. Choirs, ensembles, and handbells are available for all experience levels.
The Sanctuary Choir is the heart of the Music Ministry at Westminster. Singing each Sunday in worship during the program year, this 40 voice choir provides music that enriches the worship of the congregation. Auditions are suggested before joining the Sanctuary Choir. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
The Chancel Choir is an opportunity to sing choral music in the church, with less commitment than the Sanctuary Choir. The group meets twice each month on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-7:45, and sings in 9:00 am worship the following Sunday. Check the online church calendar for the latest schedule. No audition or experience is necessary.
WPC Choral Scholars
Westminster and Furman University have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for many years, joining together to provide practical church music education for Furman Students. Currently Westminster invites students to participate in the Choral Scholar program, singing with the Sanctuary Choir and participating in the worship life of the congregation.
Class of 2020
Class of 2019
Paige McMillin Goodwin
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
Class of 2021
Anna Scott Myers
Class of 2020
Class of 2020
Former Choral Scholars
Jackson McCarthy ’18
TJ Turner ’18
Gracie Honohan ’18
Paul Haarala ’17
Jessie Barnett ’16
Sam Kleine ‘15
Alex Jenks ‘15
Bryce McLendon ‘15
Grace Gilday ‘13
Jessica Bitter ‘13
Drew Brooks ‘12
Jordan Weeg ‘12
Derek Pitman ‘10
Scott Taylor ‘04
Katie Knauer ‘04
If you wish you join a group, or volunteer as a leader for our cherub, children, or youth choirs, please contact Mark Kemp at 232-2424 ext. 1607.Email Mark
Middlers grades 6-8, High School grades 9-12
The Youth Choir leads in worship throughout the year and participates in special trips, including Festival by the Sea and the annual Caroling trip to Atlanta. Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings as a part of the regular Youth Ministry schedule.
5:00 Middler Youth Group
5:15 Sr. High Choir
6:00 Combined Dinner (Fellowship Hall)
6:30 Middler Choir
6:30 Sr. High Youth Group
To keep up-to-date with the Youth Choir opt in to @wpcychoir by texting 81010. Standard messaging rates apply.
Junior Choristers grades 1-2, Senior Choristers grades 3-5
The Junior and Senior Choristers offer an opportunity for children grades 1-5 to begin their musical experience within the church. These choirs develop basic music skills through the use of singing, listening, and playing instruments. They encourage the enjoyment of music while promoting the expressions of our faith through music. Both choirs have opportunities to lead in worship during the choir year. Junior and Senior Choristers meet on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. following “It’s Elementary!” and Tweens.
For more information, please contact Katie Knauer.
The Cherub Choir is designed to expose young voices to new sounds and experiences in music. The choir learns to enjoy music and explore basic rhythm and pitch elements as they begin their musical journey! Children who are four and five years old are invited to join us for a joint class from 3:30-4:00. The choir meets from October to December and February through May.
Parent volunteers are always needed.
First Steps in Music
Music is an important way to communicate with young children, even before they are able to sing along. First Steps in Music provides important time for parents or grandparents to enjoy music with their child. Led by Westminster member Diana Dailey, the First Steps classes teach simple songs, games, and prayers for 2-3 year olds and adults to experience together. Two weekly classes are offered for either 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, beginning September 29 and ending November 24. Additional childcare may be arranged for the 5:00 p.m. class through the church office. Additional classes will be offered in 2020.