Music

We are blessed at Myers Park United Methodist Church to have so many people with diverse musical backgrounds, united to create inspiring music to God’s glory. Music on Sundays morning and at special worship services, concerts and other programs throughout the year are open to all. The Phantom of the Organ even makes a spooky appearance at Halloween! People of all abilities and ages are welcome to participate in our musical groups, or help the ministry behind the scenes and in other ways. Contact Nancy Hamff at 704-295-4831 or nancy@mpumc.org to learn more.

The Latest News!

HANDBELL TOUR TO ASHEVILLE

Members of our Myers Park Bells, Bellissimo, and our Youth Handbells will be traveling to Asheville to share their gift of music.  Register online by April 8 to join in the ringing!

WALTER BALL MEMORIAL ORGAN TO BE INSTALLED IN FRANCIS CHAPEL

The church has purchased a pipe organ for Francis Chapel.  The organ will be known as the Walter Ball Memorial Organ, honoring our beloved former choirmaster and organist.  The congregation has an opportunity to participate by making a gift to the project in honor or memory of a loved one.  Donations ranging for $100 (individual keys) to $18,000 will support specific parts of the instrument.  To purchase an individual key or keys click here, or if you would prefer to make a larger gift, please contact Nic Haigh at nic@mpumc.org or 704-295-4821.  More details.

REGISTER FOR OUR PERFORMING ARTS CAMP

A week of fun for rising 2nd to 8th graders to prepare a production of “The Tale of Three Trees”! We’ll sing, dance, act, and make sets and props. Sessions run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3. Performances: Thursday, August 2, 3:00 PM in Jubilee Hall and Friday morning (time & location TBD).  Registration $225. Registration closes July 15. $100 nonrefundable. No refunds after July 15. Financial assistance available. Register now!

CHILDREN’S CHOIR ROBES ARE HERE!

We celebrate the arrival of new robes for our children’s choirs!  As our Children’s Music Ministry continues to flourish, this past fall we began a “Dress for Success” campaign to provide a library of choir robes for children in grades 1-5 to utilize in worship. Robes help impress upon our children the importance of their role as worship leaders and are be a visual reminder of offering our best to God in worship. Thanks to a generous donation, we have made the initial purchase of a set of robes, but as our program continues to grow, additional robes will be needed. If you wish to support this campaign, you can contribute with the purchase of a robe by clicking here and selecting “Children/Youth Choir Robe” or volunteer to serve as a “Robe Team Guru” by clicking here.

CHRISTMAS CD NOW ON SALE

Our two disk CD, Expectation, featuring music of the Christmas season, is now on sale for $20 at Goodness Gracious Gifts or online.  The collection includes performances by our Chancel Choir, Chambers Singers, Myers Park Bells, da Capo Brass, and other featured soloists.

More About Our Ministry

ENSEMBLES

Our ensembles for children, youth and adults share the common vision to be a loving community of God that passionately and creatively pursues excellence in music and worship.  Ensembles are available for all ages and abilities.

MUSIC ENDOWMENT FUND

Established in memory of the first full-time music director at Myers Park United Methodist Church, the Walter Herbert Ball Endowment Fund for Music provides funding for music programs of the church for which he labored so long and so faithfully. The Fund has been used to underwrite concerts and educational workshops with international clinicians and artists for our choirs and community. It has also provided funding for the commission of new sacred music, supported portions of the church’s Music at Myers Park Series, and subsidized the Chancel Choir’s tours to England, Austria, the Czech Republic, and New York City. All contributions remain as principal, with only the interest from contributions being spent. To learn more, contact Director of Music Jimmy Jones at 704-295-4809 or jimmy@mpumc.org.

HANDBELLS

Our handbell ministry, under the direction of composer and handbell clinician, Rev. Brian Childers, includes seven ensembles for all ages and experience levels of players. Our instruments include two 5-octave sets of Malmark handbells, a 5-octave set of hand chimes, and a selection of Malmark aluminum bass bells. Our first 5-octave set of handbells was purchased by congregation members in the mid-1990’s. A gift in memory of Chancel Choir member, Sandra Shirley Eubanks, by her family of a new 5-octave set of Malmark handbells in 2016 has been a key factor in the recent exponential growth of our handbell program.  The Eubanks family made an additional gift of a 3-octave set of Schulmerich Silver Melody Bells in 2018.   Original Bell Set Dedications Bass Bell Dedications