Music Ministry

FUMC Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir is a non-auditioned chorus of adult singers professing Christian faith through music. It leads congregational hymns and sings anthems and other fine sacred music at the 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary Worship services. It also provides musical programs or concerts during special times of the liturgical year. The choir rehearses in the Music Suite on the top floor of the Sanctuary Building each Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Morning Glory Praise Band
This group of instrumentalists and singers leads the music for Morning Glory, our contemporary worship service at 8:45 a.m. in the Methodist Ministries Building. For more information contact Darian Krimm at darian@lagrangefumc.org.

Chapel Worship Service Music
The music and hymn selections for this service, held at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel (Methodist Ministries Building) are led by Boley Brown. Cindy Brown is the accompanist. Most of the congregational songs are familiar hymns. On occasion special music is provided by the children’s choir, ensembles, quartets, trios, duets, solos, and instrumentals. For more information contact Darian Krimm at darian@lagrangefumc.org.

Handbell Choir
Wesley Ringers, a handbell choir for adults and teens, plays at various times during the year. They use a four-octave set of Malmark handbells. Although audition is not required, a basic knowledge of music reading or some instrumental background is helpful. The handbell choir rehearses  at 5:30 p.m. in the handbell room on the 1st floor of the Sanctuary building.  For more information contact Darian Krimm at darian@lagrangefumc.org.

Children’s Choir
The church provides many opportunities to teach children and help them develop. Being part of the Children’s Choir builds appreciation and skills that they can retain throughout their lives. As they sing about the Christian faith with emphasis on melody, rhythm, pitch, and movement to music, children begin to appreciate beauty associated with the performing arts, and experience the joys of team-work and being part of something greater than themselves.

This choir is for children from pre-Kindergarten (5 years old by September 1) through the fifth grade. They rehearse in two groups and perform as one. Children five years old through first grade meet 5:45 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. on the first floor of the Children’s Building. Those in the second through fifth grades meet 6:20 p.m. – 6:55 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Children’s Building. They sing in various worship services about once a month. For more information contact Meghan Ceja at churchoffice@lagrangefumc.org.

Youth Music Program
Although the church does not have an active Youth Choir at this time,  Consideration is under way to rebuild a Youth Choir that can sing on occasion for worship services, participate in summer music activities, and take tours.

Instrumental Music:
Organ
Music has always been a vital part of the Methodist tradition. For almost a century the church in LaGrange has featured four different pipe organs to enrich its worship experiences.

The first was manufactured and installed in 1918 by the M.P. Moller Co. of Hagerstown, MD. In 1954 Moller expanded it to 16 ranks (groups of pipes with a common sound). In 1981 the Schantz Company of Orrville, OH expanded it to 32 ranks with 1,867 pipes; and again in 2003 Schantz began another major renovation resulting further expansion by nearly 50 percent. When the work was completed in 2005 it resulted in what is purported to be the largest pipe organ between Columbus or Montgomery and Atlanta.

The rebuilt organ with pipes from its three predecessors now contains 49 ranks with 2,782 pipes ranging in size from that of a pencil to 16 feet in length and more than a foot in diameter. The pipes seen within the sanctuary number 613. The other three-fourth are located in chambers behind them. The console, with its three keyboards and pedal board, can be moved to an open area in front of the altar for recitals and concerts.

Piano
The Sanctuary’s nine-foot concert grand piano was manufactured by The Baldwin Piano and Organ Company in 1990.

Orchestra
A string orchestra for qualified adult and younger musicians plays in the 11:00 a.m. Worship Services several times a year. For information contact Darian Krimm at darian@lagrangefumc.org.  Advanced orchestral musicians are also engaged for special musical programs on occasion.

Dulcimer Troupers
A group of more than 30 players of dulcimers and related instruments rehearses weekly and enjoys playing at the church and elsewhere on occasion. For more information contact Ann Wilder at churchoffice@lagrangefumc.org.

Private Music Lessons
Music instruction for piano is available on a fee basis.  Instructors are Dr. Tracy Xian and Cindy Brown.  Please contact the church office at 706-884-4635 for instructor contact information.