INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES


New members are always welcome in any of these ensembles; no auditions required.


Handbell Ensembles

The Bells of St. Andrew

Rehearsals: Sunday, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Bell Room
The Bells of St. Andrew ring regularly in worship. The ensemble has consistently remained strong over the years, and presented its first Bells, Brass and Pipes program with great success this past March. Opportunities exist for smaller ensemble ringing as well. New members are welcome, though there are special requirements to be a member of this group.

Bells of Blessing

Rehearsals: Sunday, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Bell Room
A handbell choir for our youth in grades 6 through 12. The youth in Bells of Blessing learn to read music, if they do not already possess that skill, and practice counting and rhythm techniques necessary for successful bell ringing. Basic handbell ringing techniques are taught as we learn to ring up to five octaves of Schulmerich handbells. This group rings for our Maundy Thursday service during Lent, and other selected worship services throughout the year. We rehearse immediately preceding Salt & Light Youth Choir rehearsals on Sunday afternoons, allowing students to easily participate in both groups.

Children’s Chime Choir

Rehearsals: Sunday, 3:45-4:30 p.m., Bell Room
The Children’s Chime Choir offers children in grades 3, 4, and 5 an opportunity to explore instrumental music and basic music theory. We play three octaves of Malmark Choir Chimes, and we schedule times to play for worship services during the year. The ensemble rehearses immediately preceding Children’s Choir, allowing convenient participation in both groups.

For more information, contact Lynn Hayes.


The Organ of St. Andrew United Methodist Church

Crafted by Orgues Létourneau Limitée in Quebec, Létourneau Opus 87 makes a powerful statement about worship, the first priority of the church. From the softest, intimate sound to the majestic grandeur of full organ, Opus 87 is remarkable in its wide tonal pallet and color. Each sound can blend in and enhance any ensemble combination as well as function in a solo role. Designed for use in worship, solo concerts, symphonic concerts, and as accompaniments to choirs and congregation, its sound is full, warm and vibrant in color. It is a focal point in St. Andrew's Sanctuary with its handcrafted façade/casework, elegant console, and its sound refined to the excellent acoustics of the space. Click here for a detailed specification of the instrument.

For more information, contact Dr. Jonathan Gregoire.