The music program at Westminster is full and varied, offering thoughtful contributions to liturgy and meaningful experiences for both performers and listeners. Westminster honors the musical contributions of many cultures and centuries of music, including Taizé chant, Shaker tunes, American spirituals, traditional hymns, contemporary repertoire, and anthems from the Anglican, African, Russian, Hebrew, Renaissance, and American Indian traditions as well as local composers – not all in the same service, of course, but in the course of the year certainly. Westminster's spirited music director is RuthE. Wells, and our treasured organist and choir accompanist is Alla Artemova.
A cantor leads the service chants in worship at 8:30am and offers a solo anthem. At the 10:00 service, the Sanctuary Choir provides music most weeks with a contemporary band leading music once each month.
Rehearsals are on Thursday evening, 7:00-9:00 pm. The choir welcomes adults and high school youth who are interested in full-harmony singing.
The summer music program (mid-June through August) includes church members and various guest musicians: soloists and small ensembles that sometimes include a Russian male quintet, a women’s gospel group and a rock combo. Anyone with musical talent to share is encouraged to contact RuthE. Wells (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Twice each year the Sanctuary Choir offers a major work or concert of anthems. Recently these have included "A Ceremony of Carols," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," and the "Ellingboe Requiem."
Music is an outburst of the soul. Frederick Delius
Music can change the world because it can change people. Bono
Music is my religion. Jimi Hendrix