Music

EVENTS:

  • Sunday, February 16, the MSU Children’s Choir, under the direction of Central’s former Chancel Choir Director, Alison Geesey Lagan, will present Francisco Nunez’s “Misa Pequena para Ninos” at the 10:00 worship service. The MSU Children’s Choir (MSUCC) is the premiere touring ensemble of the CMS Children and Youth Choir Program. It is designed for treble singers (with unchanged voices) in grades 5-9 with a strong passion and commitment for singing.  The group performs a variety of repertoire from varying styles, languages, and time periods. Misa Pequeña Para Niños (Little Mass for Children)This Spanish setting of the Catholic mass was written by Francisco J. Nuñez after the passing of his father when Nuñez was 14 years old. Its haunting melodies and modal harmonies create a feeling of meditation and spiritual transcendence. Each of the mass’s five movements creates a unique atmosphere. 
  • February 26, 7:00 p.m. – Ash Wednesday service; before and after opportunities to enjoy Fellowship Hall labyrinth
  • April 9, 6:00 p.m. – Holy Thursday Dinner and ritual with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Christ Community Church
  • April 12, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. – Easter continental breakfast; 10:00 a.m. worship
  • Sunday, May 3, Celebration of Music in Worship, followed by a fantastic spaghetti lunch fundraiser!

The music ministries of Central United Methodist Church provide many opportunities for people of different ages and skill levels to sing and / or ring in worship. Participants need not be experienced but, rather, must have a love for communicating God’s word through music

The Central UMC carillon is one of ten in the state of Michigan.

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Kimberly Schafer playing our carillon and practice carillon. For more information, see Kimberly’s blog.

The Central Bell Ringers rehearse at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays in the sanctuary. There are 4 four-week sessions, which extend through May. The group rings in worship four or five times a year with smaller ensembles ringing at additional occasions.

In September through May, the Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings. Under the direction of MSU’s Jack Rifkin, M.A., they also sing a broad variety of music: traditional, classical, and spirituals, including newer music. Members have one Sunday off per month. Singing in worship is fun because of the great fellowship and learning experiences.

The Spirit Singers rehearse on Thursdays. They sing mostly music that’s quite recent, from a variety of composers. This group is more casual. They generally sing two Sundays per month. They make frequent use of the new Worship and Song Methodist hymnal. Fellowship is an important part of the group’s weekly gatherings. Caryn Welter leads the group.