Music

Music is a wonderful way to express our gratitude for the many gifts God has given us. FUMC offers many opportunities for people of any age to participate and share their gifts.

For more information, contact Mark Kurtz, Director of Music Ministries, at 402-556-6262, ext 1021, or mark.kurtz@fumcomaha.org.

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is the main adult choir of First United Methodist Church, singing on Sundays during the 10:50 am service for worship and at festival services and special occasions. Directed by Mark Kurtz and accompanied by Marie Meyers, the group does a wide variety of music, ranging from traditional art music (such as Bach, Mozart, etc.) to world music (such as South African freedom songs) to high-quality contemporary music (including styles such as jazz, gospel, etc.)

The choir has a special relationship with John Rutter; two of his choral compositions were written for the choir and premiered at First United Methodist Church, and another of his compositions (the “Gloria”) was premiered by a former Director of the Chancel Choir, Mel Olson.

Everything the group sings is carefully coordinated with the worship services, and music that affirms the vision focus statement of the church is particularly emphasized. Two or three times each year, the choir does an extended choral work with instrumentation; examples from the past few years include “Five Mystical Songs” by Ralph Vaughn Williams, “Christmas in the Southwest” by Conrad Susa, and John Rutter’s “Magnificat.”

The group is open to adults and high school students. No special training is necessary; singing on-pitch and the ability to blend with others are the only requirements. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings (from September through May) from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in Clark Rehearsal Hall. For more information, contact Mark Kurtz, Director of Music Ministries, at 402-556-6262, ext 1021, or mark.kurtz@fumcomaha.org.

Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir is also directed by Mark Kurtz. It is open to adults and high school students and rings once a month for worship. No previous knowledge or training in handbell ringing is required (other than an ability to count!); new members are given training when they join the group. The bells consist of four octaves of Schulmeric Bells and two octaves of Choir Chimes. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings (from September through May) from 6:20-7:15 pm in Clark Rehearsal Hall. For more information, contact Mark Kurtz, Director of Music Ministries, at 402-556-6262, ext 1021, or mark.kurtz@fumcomaha.org.

Youth Choir/Band/Orchestra

The Youth Choir is directed by Jill Anderson and is open to 7th through 12th grade students. All instruments and abilities are welcome! The choir expands at times to be intergenerational, providing an opportunity for students to sing/play together with their parents and other adult friends, as well as younger siblings and children. Rehearsals typically begin immediately after the second service in the Sanctuary on Sundays around the noon-hour. The choir sings/plays periodically throughout the year. For more information, contact Mark Kurtz, Director of Music Ministries, at 402-556-6262, ext 1021, or mark.kurtz@fumcomaha.org.

Hosanna Choir

The Hosanna Choir is geared toward children ages three years through 6th grade. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings in room 204, and the choir sings periodically throughout the year at the 10:50 am worship service, as well as the annual Christmas Eve service during the 5:30 pm family service. For more information, contact Mark Kurtz, Director of Music Ministries, at 402-556-6262, ext 1021, or mark.kurtz@fumcomaha.org.

Summer Choir

Summer Choir is open to anyone, both experienced singers as well as those who have never tried singing in a choir. Directed by Mark Kurtz and accompanied by Marie Meyers, the group sings on Sunday mornings at the 10:50 service during the summer months, with no separate rehearsal time during the week. Since the anthem for the day is rehearsed right before the service, singers may come for as many summer Sundays or as few as they choose, without having to commit to a series of rehearsals. The group meets Sunday mornings (June through August) at 10:00am in the sanctuary. For more information, contact Mark Kurtz, Director of Music Ministries, at 402-556-6262, ext 1021, or mark.kurtz@fumcomaha.org.