Singing is an integral part of worshiping God, and opportunities abound for children, youth, and adults. If you're interested in making a joyful noise, want more information, or want to sign up, please contact Director of Music Ministries Louise Avant.
The Chancel Choir sings regularly for worship at 11 a.m. and occasionally at 8:30 a.m. throughout the year. The choir sings a variety of choral literature and one large-scale work every year. Choir rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 6:30 (confirm) in the Choir Room on the first floor of the Adult Education Building.
A variety of small choral ensembles meet periodically throughout the year.
Praise & Worship Bands
A variety of praise and worship bands meet periodically to enhance worship through contemporary praise, gospel, folk, and bluegrass styles.
Hillside Ringers is an adult handbell choir which plays a variety of special music for worship services at various times throughout the year. While the group is composed of experienced ringers, new members are always welcome. If you are interested in ringing handbells, but are not able to join us on a regular basis, or you just want to learn more about ringing handbells, consider joining us as a substitute ringer. Ability to read music is recommended but not necessarily required. Rehearsals are held Mondays from 7-8 p.m.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH CHOIRS
Open to all middle and high school students with female vocal ranges, this group meets on Sundays at 1pm via Zoom (or in person) for about 45 minutes. We learn a variety of styles of music to share in worship services including contemporary, jazz, gospel, classical, traditional hymns. We sing in a variety of languages and sometimes include instrumentalists to accompany us. This group does not require the ability to read music, but it is a plus.
Youth Chime Choir
Open to all middle and high school students, this group uses hand chimes to provide special music for worship services, and outreach ministries throughout the year. They meet at 4pm in the Sanctuary each Sunday. You do not need to be able to read music to participate, if you can count you can play!
Do you want to sing or play but you're nervous about joining a group? Do you want to learn to read music, or read music better than you currently do? Contact Gillian Westerman and she would be happy to meet for music reading and basic music theory lessons! Gillian would love to meet with you and tailor a series of 4 lessons to your level to help encourage your musical talents and make sure you can make a joyful noise to the Lord! Everyone should feel comfortable participating in music ministries and sharing their gifts.
Once or twice a year our music ministry puts on a worship based musical for participants ages 5-8th grade. These usually revolve around specific holidays or liturgical seasons like Advent/Christmas or Lent/Easter. Each summer our music ministry will be putting on a Broadway, or Broadway Junior musical for middle school - adult ages participants. Keep an eye on the church newsletter for announcements.
KINdom Kids is Oak Hill UMC’s older Children’s Choir and is open to 2nd-5th graders. In KINdom Kids, choristers will cultivate friendships; learn and develop lifelong skills such as confidence, leadership, and cooperation; and unfold a love of making music with others. Through fun games and a wide variety of Christian music, kids can expect to learn music literacy and dictation, liturgical terminology, music and prayers, and receive classical vocal training. No prior music experience is required! KINdom Kids meets every Wednesday of the school year in the Great Room of the Children’s Education Building, 6:15-7 p.m. Child care is provided. The kids also sing once a month at any of the three services on Sundays. If your child or someone you know is interested in joining KINdom Kids, please contact Paul Harper. New singers are welcome throughout the year!