Our Music Ministry
The GCPC Music Ministry touches every single member of our church family. Whether we sing from the choir loft, ring from a table or sing in the most important choir of all—the one sitting in the pews–all of us are transformed and lifted to God in sacred sound.
Chancel Choir is directed by Rebecca Prater, Director of Music Ministries and is made up of College to Adult singers. Chancel sings a wide variety of styles, (e.g. standard to newly written church anthems, traditional spirituals, classical choral literature, and some gospel and jazz thrown in the mix from time to time.) While it is music and worship that brings us together, Chancel Choir is much more than that. They are also a community of singers who love and care for one another. They rehearse on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00pm from Labor Day to Memorial Day in Room 6, sing additionally over the summer, and share major presentations during Advent and Holy Week.
Exaltation! is a choir for 8th-12th grade youth and is directed by Rebecca Prater, Director of Music Ministries. Ex! rehearses on Sundays in Room 6 at 5:00pm. They are a talented and compassionate group of musicians – singing all sorts of styles. Our group’s mission is this, “It is not our purpose to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world.” – Unknown source
Celebration! is a choir of K-5th grade students which meet in Room 15 at the end of the Sunday School hour from 10:45-11:00am. Celebration! is led by Lara Schesser and Angela Krug. An exciting new addition to singing time will be when Pam Kelly teaches our children how to ring handbells and handchimes (approx. every other Sunday). A main goal for music in the church for children is to guide each of them to learn to make beautiful sounds and read music in order to enter more fully into worship for a lifetime!
SMASH Music Time
Additional music time for 1st–5th graders will be held during Children’s Ministry’s SMASH program (Service, Music, Art, Sports, Hangout). SMASH meets quarterly from 4:00-6:00pm. Dates for 2019-2020 are: 9.22.19, 01.19.20, 04.19.20, and 07.19.20. Music time during SMASH will concentrate on singing “camp songs” this year!
Littlest Music Makers
Littlest Music Makers is a choir for our preschool children, ages 4-5. We meet at the end of the Sunday School hour from 10:45-11:00am in their classroom. Littlest Music Makers is led by Katie Hearn and Emily Hussey. With simple melodies, familiar lyrics, motions, and rhythm instruments, kids have a great first experience with music at GCPC.