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!

NEW MUSIC CAMP OFFERING

We are offering a new camp this summer to students age 14 to 18 to learn the art of composing and performing songs.  They’ll study basic song formats, harmonic structures, melodies, grooves and lyric writing. They’ll be inspired by our special songwriter guest who will perform, share pro songwriting tips and answer questions about real-life experiences. They’ll collaborate and co-write in small group settings and your week will culminate in a written song and performance! Basic music experience required in voice, guitar, piano. ukulele or other musical instrument. Register online.

Camp dates:
Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16.  9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

REGISTER FOR CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH ENSEMBLES

Registration is open now through August 25 for all children’s and youth handbell and choral ensembles. Places are available for all rising kindergarten to 12th graders. For more details and to register:
Children’s ensembles           Youth ensembles

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