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Opportunities in Music Ministry

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Our Lord speaks and we listen. His Word bestows what it says. Faith that is born from what is heard acknowledges the gifts received with eager thankfulness and praise. Music is drawn into this thankfulness and praise, enlarging and elevating the adoration of our gracious giver God.  God uses the beauty of the arts as an expression of worship to His majesty and glory. Martin Luther once remarked that "music is the handmaiden of theology, for it has the power to lead one into loving adoration and awe of the Almighty." Our desire is not to entertain, but encourage a response of gratitude to our Creator God who is worthy to be praised.

Psalm 33 instructs musicians to "play skillfully." So to play without skill, knowledge and preparation is to fail the biblical standard. Moreover, we strive to make our worship relevant. We do not think that what's newer is truer. Nor do we believe that everything past will last. Both extremes would put us at risk of falling into what C. S. Lewis called "chronological snobbery." We value worship that is accessible to people today and yet, at one in the same time, connected to the church throughout the ages.

                                                                      Tim Koch, CAGO, Director of Music Ministries

Tim Koch, CAGO, Director of Music Ministries
 

Debbie Wilson,
Director of Music for Contemporary Worship

Amy Koch,
Children's Choir Director
 

For more information about Trinity's Music Ministry, please contact:
 Tim Koch at 717.737.8635 or timothy.koch@trinitycamphill.org,
Debbie Wilson at debra.wilson@trinitycamphill.org or
Amy Koch at amy.koch@trinitycamphill.org.

Vocal Choirs

Chancel Choir

College age and above.  The Chancel Choir sings serious music by both traditional and contemporary composers.  The choir sings primarily at the 11:00 a.m. service and at the 8:15 a.m. services on festival Sundays and several other Sundays during the year.  The choir also performs 2-3 concerts per year with orchestra and various guest artists.  Requirements: pleasant singing voice and some note-reading ability.
Rehearsal: Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Tim Koch, Director

Concert Singers

These are people who cannot make the weekly commitment for Chancel Choir membership, but who are willing to help in a more limited capacity by singing concerts only. Note-reading ability required.
Rehearsal:
Thursdays 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tim Koch, Director

Chancel Choir (funerals/special services)

One hour prior to service (music-reading and prior choral experience necessary)
Tim Koch, Director

Summer Chancel Choir

These are people who also cannot make the weekly commitment for Chancel Choir membership, but who are willing to help sing during the summer months.  One rehearsal in June is required.
Tim Koch, Director

Good Friday Ensemble

This choir sings for a portion of the Noon to 3PM Good Friday service.
Note-reading, rhythmic ability and three rehearsals are required.
Tim Koch, Director

Vigil Choir

Easter Eve - 6:30 p.m.
This choir sings once a year at the Easter Vigil. One pre-service
rehearsal is required.  Grade 5 to adult.
 
Tim Koch, Director

Family Choir

This choir sings three times a year with a rehearsal one hour before the service.  Families with youth 5th grade and above are welcome.
Tim Koch, Director

Matins Choir

Matins Choir - Sundays, 5:00 -6:00 p.m.
A “classic” choir for contemporary youth!
The Matins Choir sings music from the classic to the contemporary as well as learning all the basics of singing.  
Tim Koch, Director

Junior Choir

Junior Choir (3rd - 5th) - Sunday, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
This choir sings anthems written for this age group, and begins the process of reading music and learning various choral techniques. 
      Food, Fun, and Fellowship (3rd - 5th) - Sunday, 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.
Amy Koch, Director

Cherub Choir

Cherub Choir (K - 2nd) - Sunday, 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
Since many of these children are still unable to read well, much of the music and vocal techniques are taught by rote. 
Amy Koch, Director

FaithX - Singers and Instrumentalists

FaithX plays music selected from recordings by popular Christian music artists, contemporary Christian songbooks, and from Lutheran hymnbooks and music resources.  They also write original music.  The band members do all song arrangements.
Rehearsal: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Debbie Wilson, Director

No requirements for the younger choirs except a
commitment to attendance at rehearsals.


Handbell Choirs

Adult Bells

Rhythmic proficiency required.
Rehearsal: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Tim Koch, Director
 

Family Bells

        Grade 5 to adult - plays twice per year
        Tim Koch, Director

Youth Bells

Grades 6-12.  Rhythmic proficiency required.
Rehearsal: Sunday, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tim Koch, Director

Junior Bells

Junior Bells (3rd - 5th) Sunday, 6:45 - 7:15 p.m.
Rhythmic proficiency helpful, but not required.
      Food, Fun, and Fellowship (3rd - 5th) - Sunday, 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.
Amy Koch, Director

A commitment to attendance at rehearsals is absolutely mandatory.

Sunday, 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. Services

Instrumentalists and Accompanists

The traditional services frequently use instruments in a solo or ensemble setting: (i.e., oboe, flute, harp, strings, percussion, bells, brass, etc.).  Also, competent accompanists are needed from time to time for choir anthems.  Contact Tim Koch at: timothy.koch@trinitycamphill.org.

Summer Soloists and Ensembles

While the younger choirs break for the summer, soloists and ensembles are needed for services.

Carilloneurs

People of all ages who take turns playing Trinity's carillon before the 11:00 am service.

Trinity Youth Strings

This group is open to children and youth who are currently playing string instruments. They must have completed at least one year of study. the group plays two or three times a year. 
Sara Schmehl, Director

Sunday, 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Services

FaithX plays music selected from recordings by popular Christian music artists, contemporary Christian songbooks, and from Lutheran hymnbooks and music resources.  They also write original music.  The band members do all song arrangements. 

                                       Debbie Wilson, Director of Music for Contemporary Worship

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Evening Service

Piano and acoustic guitar provide the musical accompaniment for the Saturday Evening Worship service and hymns and liturgy from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book.

Concert Series

Concerts on a regular basis from September through May featuring  nationally and internationally known musicians as well as Trinity’s own musical ensembles.

Some interesting facts about music at Trinity!!!

Approximately 150 people regularly participate in the music ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Concert Series engages artists of national and international renown and is funded exclusively by “Patrons” who contribute financially once a year in our fall “Patrons Drive”.  Offerings received at concerts also help to further offset the costs.

Trinity employs two full-time and one part-time staff persons to administer the music program.  They are assisted by numerous volunteers.

Trinity uses the new Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006) as its primary worship resource for liturgy and hymns at its 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday services and the 5:30 p.m. Saturday Service.

 
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

2000 Chestnut Street, Camp Hill, PA  17011-5409
Phone:  717.737.8635   Fax:  717.730.9297
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