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!

SUMMER CHOIR STARTS JULY 1

Every summer our ensembles take a break.  While they are out, we do a “ya’ll come” to fill the chancel for the 11:00 AM service.  This is everyone’s chance to participate. So if you are a sixth grader, a centenarian, or somewhere in between, join us when you can to learn an easy anthem and then lead worship.  Sing any Sunday you like.  No robes…no commitment…no experience necessary.  Just show up!

Sundays July 1 to July 29
Coffee & Donuts: 10:00 a.m. – Choir Room
Rehearsals: 10:15 a.m. – Choir Room
Sing in 11:00 Sanctuary Service

HANDBELL WORKSHOPS COMING IN AUGUST

We have a variety of handbell workshops for all ages and all experience levels scheduled in August.  Pick one that suits your interest and join us!

  • Chillin’ with Chimes – Rising K to 2nd graders – August 7 and 21, 10:00 – 11:30 AM  Room 229
  • Junior Bell Bootcamp – Rising 3rd to 5th graders – August 13 to 17, 9:00 – 11:00 AM Room 148
  • Youth Bell Bootcamp – Rising 6th to 12th graders – August 13 to 17, 1:00 – 3:30 PM Room 148
  • Handbells 101 – Adults
    • Handbell Basics – new ringers – August 20, 6:30 – 8:00 PM Room 148
    • Weaving & Technique Review – experienced ringers – August 6, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
    • Shelley & Four-in-Hand – experienced ringers – August 13, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

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, 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 at Aldersgate (time TBA).  Registration $225. Registration closes July 15. $100 nonrefundable. No refunds after July 15. Financial assistance available. Click here to register.  Contact Nancy Hamff at nancy@mpumc.org for assistance.

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