Our choir for children and youth – Joyful Noise – reveals another facet of our lively commitment to teaching and shaping our children in Jesus’s way and the Church’s faith. Formation, both musical and spiritual, is the primary focus of our time in rehearsals each week. The children learn music-reading skills and the basics of good vocal technique, even from the youngest age, as tools to learn the songs that we sing monthly in worship services. As each year passes, the choristers also learn how to actively participate in our worship services.
Our children and youth choir rehearses on scheduled Sunday afternoons, during the school year, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. On the Sundays they rehearse, lunch is served immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service to allow choristers and their families to eat and relax prior to rehearsal. This lunch is a wonderful time to get to know some of the other parents of our church community.
In September of 2018 we established a class for handbell ringing for our older students. This purpose of this class is to improve music-reading and ensemble skills and enable students to occasionally contribute to our worship services through bell-ringing.
Kierstie Whitehead is the director of older students (grades 3 and above).
David Houston is the director of the younger students (age 4 through 2nd grade).
If you would like additional information about our children/youth choir, please contact David Houston, our choir master, at 301-864-8880 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.