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.

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CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

Join us for our 9th annual Christmas Concerts. A highlight of our Christmas season, join us for either of our two concerts at 4:00 or 6:00 PM. The 150-voice chorus, comprised of our adult, youth, and children’s ensembles, will join with a full orchestra featuring our own Myers Park Strings and Myers Park Bells to ring in this season. Free event and free parking. No tickets required. Shuttles between MPUMC and First UMC will run continuously from 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St.

ASL Interpretation will be available at the 4:00 PM concert only. To reserve seating for this, contact Rev. Nancy Watson at nwatson@mpumc.org.

Onsite childcare for ages 3 and under will be offered for the 4:00 p.m. concert only.  Spaces are limited.  Register with Lisa at lrsmit@mpumc.org by December 9.

CHRISTMAS CD ON SALE

Our two disk CD, Expectation, featuring music of the Christmas season, is available 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 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