MAKING MUSIC IN 2019!

Lessons and Carols, December 2018

“Moses and the Freedom Fanatics” 2018 Intergenerational Musical

 CHANCEL CHOIR

Sings weekly during the 8:30 and 11:00 worship services. Enjoy compositions that represent music of all historical periods, from blues and jazz to Mozart and Handel, and everything in between. Rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All adults and youth are welcome.

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

Plays a wide variety of music including hymns, arrangements, and original compositions. Also provides colorful accompaniment to anthems sung by the Chancel Choir. Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All with playing experience are welcome.

CELEBRATION RINGERS

An adult five-octave bell choir that rings challenging music once a month in the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Ringers attend the Florida State Handbell Festival in the Spring and also participate in the annual Lessons and Carols service as well as Easter Sunday. Rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

HANDBELL ENSEMBLE

An adult bell choir of 5-6 ringers playing 2 octaves of bells. For the more advanced ringer, this group rings for special occasions and other worship services.

MONDAY SERVICE MUSICIANS

Soloists and ensembles are always welcome to sign up and share their gifts during the Monday afternoon worship service from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Music is organized by Marlene Udell. 

CHILDREN'S MUSIC

Children's Choir rehearses during the Sunday school hour from September to May and sing in worship once a month.  Children learn to sing, ring, and play instruments. All children are welcome.

FIRST ARTS

In the works!  A new ministry of First UMC which will provide space to private lessons ranging from piano and voice to organ and dance.  Registration will begin August 2019.

SUMMER CHOIR AND HANDBELLS

One Sunday in each month, from June through August, small groups are organized to sing, ring, or play in the worship services. 

Questions? Contact Michael Ekbladh, Director of Music Ministries, at michael@fumcgnv.org or 352-372-8523 ext. 20.

OUR SANCTUARY ORGAN

Our sanctuary is the home to an Opus 7055 organ originally built in 1941 by M. P. Möller and rebuilt by Berghaus in 1979. The organ was installed in the Sanctuary in the fall of 2007.

The organ contains 28 Registers, 39 Ranks, 43 Stops, 2241 Pipes, and 3 Manuals Console. For a full list of stops or more information, contact Michael Ekbladh at michael@fumcgnv.org.

 

Music Ministry Team

Michael Ekbladh, Director of Music Ministries
Lynn Sandefur-Gardner, Accompanist
Seoyeon (Sunny) Baik, Organist
Jessica VanLeer, Soprano Section Leader
Laurin McMullen, Alto Section Leader
TBA, Tenor Section Leader
TBA, Bass Section Leader
Jennifer Steptoe, Children's Music
Marlene Udell, Monday Afternoon Service musicians