Music

Music Ministry

2020 Fall Music Offerings

Every member of Westminster is a part of the congregational choir that sings our faith in worship. The music we share together helps us express our response to God and explore ways God is being revealed in the world. Every first and third Wednesday evening this fall at 8:00 p.m., Westminster members are invited to gather online for a short liturgy, shared music, and reflection to explore sacred music. On second and fourth Wednesdays, those interested will gather for a discussion of short devotional and music readings.
Join Mark and Katie online each Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:00 to not only make great music with your friends, but to also learn how to play the ukulele! We’ll start with songs you already know, and work toward accompanying ourselves with simple chords. We’ll also work on a few recording projects that will help us lead online worship this fall. Any ukulele will do! You can easily purchase one at Pecknel Music or amazon.com.
Register for online music time with Katie Knauer. Gain access to pre-recorded and always available videos for your 4 and 5 year olds to learn and sing songs of faith that will stick with them for years to come. Videos will be posted on a private YouTube channel for access any time.
Register your 2-3 year old to gain access to online videos with Diana Dailey. Exposure to music at this important stage of development helps with cognitive function and movement. Singing and moving together to music builds community!
As we explore ways to assemble our voices for worship this fall, there will be opportunities for the choirs of Westminster to participate in music and hymn recordings for worship. Keep an eye on the Harbinger and e-newsletter for weeks when all are welcome to submit recordings. Simple instructions to record with a smart phone will be available.
Register for Music Offerings Below.

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.

Sanctuary Choir


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.


Chancel Choir

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.

Robert Cushing

Class of 2020

Hunter Ditsch

Class of 2019

Paige McMillin Goodwin

Class of 2021

 
Salleigh Harvey

Class of 2022

Zack Jones

Class of 2021

Anna Scott Myers

Class of 2020

Shalick Smith

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

Get Involved


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

Youth Choir

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.

“Standard” 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.

Children’s Choirs

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.

Cherub Choir

Grades K4-K5


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.