Music at Valpo FUMC
The Adult Choir meets for rehearsal each Thursday evening in the Sanctuary from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. during the school year. Come join us!
Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons at 1:45 p.m. in the Asbury Centre during the school year.
Do you play an instrument? It doesn't matter if you're 9 or 99. Would you like to share your talent with the congregation? Let Christopher (see below) know if you'd be willing to play.
A Word From Dr. Ebert for Fall 2019
Good day Valparaiso FUMC folks! I hope this finds you well. Again, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support in earning my Doctorate! It was a long three-year journey and it has come to a close. My official date of "graduation" was June 12 and I received my diploma the middle of July! Thank you all so much! I would especially like to thank all the choir members and bell ringers for their support! A big thank you also to Jim Crisman for all he does to assist me with the choir, and all he does for our worship services! He is a true treasure to this congregation!
So, what's in store for the next "season"? Well, hang on to your hats ladies and gentlemen, it's going to be a good one. Adult Choir rehearsals will start Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We have a lot of music to learn this year. I even have the Christmas Cantata to hand out and start learning already!
We will again be participating in the Church Choir Festival this year. Unfortunately, on Good Friday, the founder of the festival, Robert Dure, passed away. So, this year the name has changed to Robert Dure Memorial Church Choir Festival. Be looking for more information. If you are not in the choir, please, once the date and location are announced, come support this concert.
Valpo FUMC's Choir is also going to join forces with Trinity Lutheran Church's choir for a concert through the Concert Association of Valparaiso, and present Schubert's Mass in G on Friday, June 5, 2020 here at Valpo FUMC. Mark your calendars now! I hope you all return, and bring some new folks with you. Can't read music? No excuse! I'll teach you. Can't sing? No excuse. You'll learn. Don't want to? No excuse. You'll want to. See the pattern developing?
Bell Choir rehearsal will resume on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Rehearsal Room (aka basement). I'm hoping that you all return, and that we have new ringers, as well. There is always room for more, no matter what your skill level is. Whether you can ring four bells in one hand, or just ring one bell, you have a home with us! Our goal is to "Glorify, not horrify"! We have a lot of fun and ring a wide variety of music.
We also have a new ensemble starting up this year! This ensemble will be geared towards those folks that are retired and have some time during the day to participate. What ensemble is that you may ask? We will be starting Valparaiso FUMC's very first Recorder Consort (yes, that's a thing). I know most folks think of the annoying little plastic thing that kids like to cause headaches with. However, did you know that the recorder predates the flute as a musical instrument? There is a lot of music for the recorder and recorder consort! What is a Recorder Consort? Well, basically it is a Recorder Choir. And before you think, "Oh mercy sakes, a lot of people playing that annoying plastic screech whistle", believe it or not, there is more than one type of recorder! Just like our voices, they come in different types: Sopranino (think piccolo), Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass and Contrabass. I have two of each type listed here with the exception of the Contrabass (or great bass). They are too expensive . . .
The Recorder Consort will be for anyone wishing to learn to play a musical instrument, learn to read music, and learn more about music in general. Look for more information to come in the next week or two! I'm very excited to offer this opportunity! Don't have much air? No worries, it doesn't take much. If you can breathe, you can play the recorder (you can actually play well with the air coming out of your nose believe it or not).
There is more, too! Do you play the flute? We have a Flute Choir. We rehearse the first and third Sunday of the month in my office. We also have the Good News Singers as well, which rehearses before choir practice on Thursdays. If you play an instrument, please let me (Christopher) know if you are willing to participate in any of the groups. I'd like to start a Wind Choir (which is why I want a bassoon so bad I can taste it), also. The wind choir would be open to any woodwind instrument (flutes, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, English horn, bassoon, etc.). This group wouldn't necessarily meet constantly, but just once or twice before we would be in Sunday service.
Can you tell I'm excited about the upcoming "season?" I love this congregation dearly! You make it so easy to want to work! Thank you so much for all your support these past two years. I really am excited and looking forward to it all!
Christopher S. Ebert, DSM
Contact the Director of Choirs
The music at Valpo FUMC is led by Dr. Christopher S. Ebert, Director of Choirs. You may reach Dr. Ebert at firstname.lastname@example.org.