Our music program is directed by Dr. Barbara Thomson, a noted organist who has performed across the United States and Europe. She conducts the various choirs, plays the organ for services, and runs the church's concert series, the Mid-day Musicales.
The Chancel Choir sings for Sunday services and special occasions throughout the year. It is made up primarily of adults, but is also open to high school students who have an interest in singing. They rehearse on Thursday nights at 7:30 PM.
The Festival Chorus is a special group which presents two major music programs a year with professional soloists. Representative repertoire from the past few years includes the Vivaldi Gloria, Mozart's Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater, and the Britten Ceremony of Carols. The group consists of the Chancel Choir and any other members and friends of the congregation who want to join in singing these major works. The chorus typically rehearses for six weeks
before each performance. Rehearsals are held on Thursday nights from 7:30 - 8:30 followed by the Chancel Choir rehearsal. Refer to the calendar for upcoming events.
The Pilgrim Singers is a choir for children in grades K-2. They rehearse on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:00 PM and perform in church approximately once a month.
The Leyden Choir is for children in 3rd through 6th grades. They rehearse Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:15 PM, and perform in church approximately every three weeks. In May of each year they present a children's musical play on a Sunday morning in church. Recent productions have included Oh Jonah!, The Puzzling Parables, and Moses and the Freedom Fanatics.
The Bell Choir is comprised of adults and children from 7th grade on up. They rehearse on Sunday mornings after church, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and play in church five or six times a year.
The Mid-day Musicales are an acclaimed concert series. Our church's "musical gift to the community", the Mid-day Musicales present outstanding professional musicians in half-hour noon chamber music concerts presented on Wednesdays during Advent and Lent. Concerts have included soloists on various instruments, string quartets, singers, brass quintets, and choirs. Suggested donation is $5.00. Funding for these concerts has been made possible in part by both the Westfield Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
Here is the Winter 2013 Mid-Day Musicales schedule.
Wednesday, December 4
Brennan Sweet, violin
Brett Deubner, viola
Wednesday, December 11
The Kaiser Quintet
Laura George, flute
Gary Hamme, oboe
William Shadel, clarinet
Janet Lantz, French horn
Wendy Large, bassoon
Wednesday, December 18
Maureen Francis, soprano
Barbara Thomson, piano
We wish to thank the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs
and the Westfield Foundation for their support.