Music News

The Return of our Music Ministry-Mark Your Calendars! 

Gary Van Essen, Minister of Music 

I am excited to let you know that we are planning for a full return for our Music Ministry this fall.  Highlights include: 

  • The return of our Praise Band beginning on Camp Wright Sunday, 9/12.  After Camp Wright Sunday, the Praise Band will continue to lead worship services approximately once a month! 
  • The return of our Parish Choir, beginning on Sunday 9/19.  The Parish Choir will lead worship services each week! 
  • Special concerts and events, including a Broadway Cabaret (Saturday, 10/16/21 at 7 p.m.), the return of the Westminster Ringers (Saturday 12/11/21 at 7 p.m.) and a concert by a Tyler Canonico, a phenomenal young organist (Friday 3/25/22 at 7 p.m.).  You can get more information about these concerts by visiting the concerts page (under “ministries” then “music”) on our website! 

As always, new members are welcome in our Parish Choir and Praise Band.  We are working within health guidelines and the recommendations of the CDC and American Choral Directors Association to ensure everyone’s safety, so some parts of our Music Ministry might look a little different this year but our praise will remain the same.  Feel free to contact me ( if you have any questions or suggestions.   

Virtual Christmas Caroling

On Sunday, December 6 we hosted our first Virtual Christmas Caroling through YouTube. The event can be accessed by clicking on this link:

Our resource for the music and text for the carols is found here. This digital PDF book contains lots of Christmas carols and music.  It is well organized with a clickable table of contents and page numbers.  

Dr. Gary Van Essen, Minister of Music, and his wife Emily were at the piano hosting the live stream. Those attending requested favorite carols using the chat feature in YouTube.