Music

One focus of Red Clay's music program is to lead the congregation in singing. Most choirs participate in Sunday worship services on a regular basis. In addition, they present music for special services, such as Lessons and Carols at Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and evensongs. In addition to singing choirs, the church also has an adult bell choir.

Opportunities for children and youth are another focal point of the music ministry. There are three choirs for children, the Cherub Choir, the Herald Choir, and the multi-generational "Lauda," each of which includes social activities and special events.

Music outreach activities are a continuing priority, led by the Outreach Choir. This choir was formed in order to sing at retirement communities, nursing homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities.


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CHANCEL CHOIR

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Contact: Jeffrey Miller

The Chancel Choir provides the backbone of the Music Ministry. They sing weekly at Sunday morning worship, as well as various special services throughout the year. Membership is open to all.


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OUTREACH CHOIR

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Contract: Jeffrey Miller

Dedicated to bringing a variety of music to those in hospitals and nursing homes, this choir is one of our church’s most active outreach efforts. They sing a variety of music, including traditional hymns, show tunes, and country music. Membership is open to anyone available during the day.


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LAUDA

Contact: Jeffrey Miller

Lauda (which is Latin for “Praise”) is a multi-generational vocal ensemble for children in grades 7–12, college students, and adults of any age. Rehearsal is offered for youth on Sundays, 5:30 to 6:00 PM, and adults on the first and third Wednesdays every month, 7:30 to 9:00 PM. The ensemble sings 2-3 times per month during the worship services. Directed by Jeffrey Miller.


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HERALD CHOIR

Rehearsals: Sunday mornings, 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Contact: Barbara-Jo Vanderkraats

The Herald Choir is an ensemble for children in grades 2-6 to prepare for singing at least once a month at the Children’s Moment of the 10:00 AM service, as well as in the Christmas Pageant, Palm Sunday, Mother’s Day, and Celebration Sunday. Directed by Barbara-Jo Vanderkraats.


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CHERUB CHOIR

Contact: Barbara-Jo Vanderkraats

The Cherub Choir is an ensemble for children ages 3-6 years old, offered at Christmas and again in the spring. Directed by Sandy Sarjeant, the children are taught songs during their Sunday School classes and sing in special services in December and again in May.


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HANDBELL CHOIR 

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Contact: Jeffrey Miller

The Bell Choir plays in worship once a month and presents a concert at Christmas. They also play concerts for outside groups a few times during the year. The choir consists of 12 ringers, 5 octaves of bells, and three octaves of chimes. Regular attendance and the ability to read music and  are a must.

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