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Music And The Arts In Worship
First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti is rich in musical and artistic gifts. We benefit from a wide variety of musical offerings and opportunities that add deep meaning to the worship experience. These groups not only enrich our worship services, but also serve as a small group ministry for the participants, who enjoy close friendships with other members while being able to offer their gifts to the church. These groups are open to any who would like to share their musical gifts.
Our Chancel Choir under the direction of Kevin Miller performs weekly during the 9:30 worship service over nine months out of the year, and presents major choral works during Advent and Lent, such as the Vivaldi Gloria, Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, Requiem by John Rutter, and the Mozart Requiem. Each section of the choir is led by singers who are either free-lance musicians or vocal music majors at the University of Michigan or Eastern Michigan University.
First Spirit, under the direction of Teresa Rawson, provides contemporary music in our worship services. In addition to offering anthems, this group leads the congregation in exploring new ways to worship through music. First Spirit consists of 12-15 singers, drums, piano, bass and guitar. Teresa also contributes to the musical life of the church by playing gathering music, playing and singing during communion, and composing and arranging music for First Spirit.
Carilliers Handbell Choir
Kevin Miller directs the 12-member Carilliers Handbell Choir, which performs on a five-octave set of Schulmeric Handbells and a three-octave set of hand-chimes. In addition to performing selections approximately once a month, the Carilliers perform with other instruments, First Spirit and with the Chancel Choir. Two of our members also perform with the Detroit Handbell Ensemble.
Marti Miller continues to lead the congregational singing and plays preludes, postludes, offertories for the 9:30 worship service. She also plays for weddings, funerals and other events such as the annual church conference.