Music Ministry

Todd Wilson
Director of Music Ministries
twilson@germantownumc.org

Eva McPeters
Associate Director of Music/Organist
emcpeters@germantownumc.org

Natalie Duncan
Associate Director of Music/Ancient Modern Service
nduncan@germantownumc.org

The express purpose of the Music Ministry of Germantown United Methodist Church is to proclaim the Gospel in music and to serve God and the community of faith with our talents. Germantown United Methodist Church has a long and rich history of serving God, the church, and our community, through music. If you seek a church that makes music an opportunity for service, look no further than Germantown United Methodist Church. If you have questions related to the music program, please email the Director of Music Ministries, Todd Wilson at twilson@germantownumc.org, Associate Director of Music/Organist Eva McPeters emcpeters@germantonwumc.org or Associate Director of Music/Ancient Modern Service, Natalie Duncan nduncan@germantownumc.org.

The Chancel Choir, the primary ensemble in the traditional service, is open to any singers who have a sincere desire to serve God through music.  We seek singers that have finished high school or older, and new members are always welcome.  If you sang in High School or College, the Chancel Choir gives you an opportunity for service that highlights your gifts and experience.  The choir participates every Sunday in worship at the Traditional worship service, presents seasonal events, Evensong services and occasional major works with orchestra.

The Ancient-Modern Praise Band includes both singers and instrumentalists who provide music for our Ancient Modern worship service. The band consists of fine singers, a rhythm section of drums, bass, guitar and keyboards, and other instruments are added as available. Musical offerings range from fresh treatments of well-known hymns of the faith to the most current Contemporary Christian standards.

Testimony Choir gives our youth an opportunity to serve the church through music and be in musical fellowship together. Testimony is open to all youth in grades 6-12. No audition or previous choral experience is necessary. Testimony rehearses on Sundays during the school year and sings in Sunday morning worship services on a regular basis. Leading the Holy Thursday service during Holy Week is a particular highlight of the year.

Matins Handbell Choir is a group of experienced ringers that prepare music for participation in worship and occasional concert appearances. This group tackles challenging repertoire that highlights the many techniques of fine handbell composition. Experienced musicians will enjoy the musical effort required and the fellowship of this ensemble.

Our graded children’s choir program features something for all children from pre K to 5th grade. The youngest, Cherub Choir, focuses on pairing movement with song and discovering biblical stories told in music. The Alleluia Choir incorporates movement and rhythm into their activities. This group also receives introduction to healthy singing tone and participates regularly in our worship services. The Hosanna Choir is for our oldest children. An understanding of our hymns and hymnal, continued development of singing tone, and leadership in worship are part of Hosanna Choir activities.

Wesley Chimes provides another opportunity for children to participate in making music. Ringing chimes in worship is the result of engaging music notation instruction and hand chime ringing techniques. Children from 2nd through 5th grade are encouraged to participate.