Celebration through God’s special gift
Music Ministry Opportunities
Northminster’s music ministry, under the direction of Dr. John Brobeck (Traditional Music) and Julia Higgins (Contemporary Worship), is vibrant and offers a full-spectrum program for young, old and in-between. Our mission is to encourage participants to develop and express their musical gifts to the glory of God.
Music opportunities include six groups for adults and children, all of which are led by professional musicians, dedicated to the Lord’s service and to the ministry of music. In addition to lay volunteers who love music, some of the groups include volunteer professionals!
Enriching lives spiritually and musically is an important secondary goal in addition to learning and performing music dedicated to the glory of God.
Participation in one of the music ministries is a way to make music and to make friends, thus feeling a greater kinship within the larger church family.
The Sanctuary Choir leads the traditional 9:30am service of worship each Sunday. The choir performs music from all periods of church music, from Gospel to contemporary to Bach and Mozart, often with instrumental/orchestral accompaniment in addition to organ. Open to all, no audition necessary. Rehearsals on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm in the Choir Loft. John Brobeck, Director of Traditional Music Ministry, and Thomas Wininger, Conductor.
The Contemporary Praise Team leads the Contemporary Worship Service each Sunday at 8:00am. The service features a more informal worship setting with more contemporary-style music featuring volunteer vocalists, guitar, percussion, piano and other instruments. The praise team rehearses each Wednesday evening at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. Interested persons should contact Julia Higgins, director for additional information.
Men’s Choir is open to all men who want to lift their voices in praise together with other men. Participates approximately monthly in traditional services of worship. Rehearsals on Thursdays at 6:45pm in the Music Rehearsal Room, Multipurpose Building. Dr. John Brobeck, Director.
Steeple Bells Choir rehearses weekly using our excellent five-octave set of English handbells and participates approximately monthly in the traditional worship services as well as in other special services. Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm in the Multipurpose Building. Arlene Sturm, Director.
- Choraliers is for children age 5 and up. Learning and growing in their faith through singing, this choir offers great opportunities for music and fun! Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:15am in the Music Rehearsal Room, Multipurpose Building. Gloria Day, Director.
- The Youth Praise Band is for middle school and high school student musicians, offering their talents to God through singing and playing instruments such as piano, guitar, bass, and drums. The youth band rehearses once or twice per month on Wednesday nights at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary, and provides musical leadership at the 11:00am Kaleidoscope service on All Worship Sundays. Julia Higgins, Director.
Instrumentalists and Accompanists. There is always need for pianists and other instrumentalists to accompany choirs and/or to participate in a variety of services. Please don’t be shy about letting the director of music know that you might like to participate in this way.
The Roy Johnson Memorial Organ
Our music ministry is anchored by the majestic and beautiful pipe organ dedicated to the memory of Professor Roy Andrew Johnson, our organist from 1981 until his tragic death in 1995.
Built by Quimby Organs, Inc., of Warrensburg, MO, the organ is a three-manual instrument of 46 ranks based on an eclectic design. The organ contains 2,709 pipes, of which 653 were retained from the previous instrument and revoiced for the new instrument. The pipes range in size from over 16 feet in length to those smaller than a pencil.
Information on our music leadership is available here.
Northminster’s Music Ministry is…
. . .Celebration through God’s special gift
When we sing songs, play hymns or listen to Christian music, we become more receptive to the movement of the Holy Spirit.
. . .An offering to God
Whether you participate in its creation or reflect and absorb its power and beauty, you may receive the fullness of God’s grace through musical expression. The gift of music is ours.
. . .A way for God to touch our lives
We can feel God’s power and strength through the pipe organ and brass, while woodwinds and strings may express the lyrical beauty of God’s peace. Our choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists rejoice in the message of hope as we perform and make the music our own.
Music has the power to transport us to an awareness of reality we may not fathom or effectively articulate in words alone.
Music can be, and should be, an expression of the sense of wonder in the grace and goodness of the Lord our God!
God touches our lives through joyous songs, powerful instruments and participation in worship and celebration!