If you are interested in music programs, you surely will be pleased with the opportunities at Carter. The Chancel Choir consists of thirty plus singers who sing for worship from September through June and present a broad spectrum of sacred music with meaningful texts that support the worship theme of the day. Ps. 96, a contemporary music ensemble, and the Handbell Choir each participate monthly in worship, and the Children's Choir participates several times throughout the year. Soloists and small ensembles participate in worship during the summer months.
Music Notes By Millie Beane, Interim Director of Music
The Chancel Choir and the Joyful Ringers returned to our worship in September after many months. Many members of the congregation have told the musicians that they are very appreciative of the music that these wonderful groups provide for our worship. Thank you for your enthusiastic support of our music ministry! Very soon, we hope to see and hear PS 96 as well.
A familiar hymn, "Just a Closer Walk," is the Choir's anthem for October 17th. With words by Fannie Crosby and an arrangement by Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi, this setting combines the familiar hymn with a second hymn, "Close to Thee," and the two melodies intertwine to create a delightful combination. The middle section gives the melody to the sopranos while the other voices sing a repetitive accompaniment on the text, "Just a closer walk."
Also on October 17th, the Joyful Ringers will play "Ring Jubilee," by Susan E. Geschke, that uses three octaves of our Schulmerich handbells. This piece has a lovely beginning melody that is repeated at the end; the middle section involves several handbell techniques including martellato (striking the table with the bell), and lightly touching the table with the bell. These techniques make the piece especially interesting to see and hear.
The Choir's anthem for October 24th will be "Shout for Joy," by Stan Pethel with text adapted from the Psalms: "Shout for joy, sing God's praise, 'How excellent is thy name, O Lord.' God is my rock, my Lord forever; I will sing and rejoice." The anthem begins with an energetic introduction and coda that Aaron will play on the piano, with the voices singing with great energy as well. The middle section highlights each voice section individually before combining in a joyful "Alleluia! Come and sing God's praise!"
Finally, for All Saints Day on October 31st, the Chancel Choir will sing a contemporary setting of the familiar text, "We Will Gather At the River," by Mary McDonald. The composer has written the piece in a "soulful, Gospel style" that invites us to: "Gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God." The gospel style gives this setting unique rhythms and harmonies along with a wonderful energy that prompts joyful remembrances of the saints in our lives.
Chancel Choir This vibrant choir meets every Thursday to rehearse in anticipation of weekly singing in worship. The SATB has recently performed works by Randall Thompson, Paul Basler, Felix Mendelssohn, and John Rutter. If you are interested in singing with the choir, please contact us
Joyful Ringers This Handbell ensemble rehearses weekly following worship and plays in worship monthly during the non-summer months. For information about how to join the handbell choir, please contact us
The Ps96 Ps96 is the Praise Band of Carter Memorial, and it leads music monthly in worship. For more information on the Ps96 schedule and on getting involved with PS96, please contact us
Children's Choir The Children's Choir rehearses during Sunday School at various times throughout the year and performs in worship on special occasions such as Palm Sunday or Advent. For more information, contact our church office
Messiah Sing Featuring a 12-piece Orchestra, every year during Advent, Carter Memorial hosts a Messiah Sing. The entire community is invited to sing with the orchestra and soloists in the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah and the "Hallelujah" chorus.