Music at church street

Worship the Lord with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

Psalm 100:2

If you have a “song in your heart,” enjoy the fellowship of other musicians, and want to share your love of Christ through music, we have a place for you in our program. We endeavor to use music to generate excitement, beauty, and inspiration in the services of worship. Choir membership is open (no auditions needed) throughout the year.

The Organ

Pipe Organ at Church Street

Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ

Church Street’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ was originally installed in 1966. Since that time it has been significantly expanded by Randall Dyer & Associates, so that it now has 82 ranks of pipes, almost double the original size. The Dyer additions include a moveable four-manual console, a new solo division of pipes, and a nine-rank antiphonal section in the rear balcony. The antiphonal section has its own two-manual console and can be played from either console, front or back. The organ at Church Street was refurbished in 2013 and once again includes French horn pipes as it did in the 1960s. More information about the organ can be found on the Randall Dyer & Associates website.

Contact

For more information about Church Street’s Music or the Master Arts Series, please contact Director of Music Ministries Tim Ward at 865-521-0276 or tward@churchstreetumc.org.

Master Arts Series

Each year, Church Street offers a series of presentations by a diverse collection of musical storytellers.

Next Master Arts Series Event:

Tuesday, January 28, 7:30 pm, in the Nave

Organ Recital:In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Louis Vierne (1870–1937), Church Street’s own organist, Edie Johnson, will present Vierne’s Sixième Symphonie pour Orgue, Op. 59. Composed in 1930 while he was organist at Notre Dame, this virtuosic masterpiece was Vierne’s last great contribution to organ literature. The work combines Classical, Romantic, and Impressionistic elements combined with colorful organ registrations and technical demands on the performer. Works by earlier French composers that inspired Vierne will round out the program.

Coming Soon:

  • Sunday, March 1, 6 pm, in the Nave: Maryville College Choir with CSUMC Parish Youth Choir
    An evening of choral music under the direction of Stacey Wilner.
  • Holy Week 2020: Parish Adult Choir
    Maundy Thursday Service (April 9, 7:15 pm in the Nave) and Easter Sunday (April 12, 8:30 & 11 am, with Tennessee Brass preludes at 8:15 and 10:45 am)

Church street choirs

Church Street has a place for anyone who wants to lift up their voice or other instrument for the glory of God.

Our choirs rehearse August through May.

Adult & Youth Opportunities

Parish Adult Choir

Worship service choir for Sunday 11 a.m. worship

Rehearsal: Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. (choir room, room 306)
Director: Tim Ward
An open membership (no auditions) of dedicated individuals from all walks of life who share a love for singing.

Parish Youth Choir

Worship Service choir for Sunday 8:30 a.m. worship

Ages: For youth in grades 6–12
Rehearsal: Sundays from 4 to 5:15 p.m. (choir room, room 306)
Director: Tim Ward
Events: Annual events include the Youth Choir Tour held the last week of May or first week of June, and Youth Choir Camp held the last weekend of August.

Adult Handbell Choir

Rehearsal: Sundays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. (room 303)
Director: Tim Ward
Schedule: Participants will play in worship 5 to 6 times per year, September through May.
Note: Members should be able to read rhythms.

Children’s Opportunities

Chorister Choir

Ages: For children in grades 3, 4 and 5
Rehearsal: Sundays from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. (choir room, room 306)
Director: Tim Ward & Edie Johnson
Schedule: The Chorister Choir participates in worship monthly.
Vocal training and musical skills are primary goals for this choir.

Primary Choir

Ages: For children in grades 1 and 2
Rehearsal: Sundays from 5:15 to 6 p.m. (room 304)
Leader: Edie Johnson
Music fundamentals are emphasized through games, singing and related activities.

Kinder Choir

Ages: For children, ages 4 and 5
Rehearsal: Sunday from 5:15 to 6 p.m. (room 214), as designated.
Leader: Edie Johnson, Erin Gamble, and Maria Thompson
Schedule: Short 6- to 7-week sessions in the fall & spring.

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