Music Ministry

Music Ministry

 

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing! “ – Psalm 100

We believe that God has given everyone gifts that we can use to build up God’s kingdom on earth. One of the ways we use our musical gifts is by joining together to praise God in song and lead the church in worship. If you have music in your soul and would like to share it, please contact Dan Eschliman, Director of Music and Worship Arts, (deschliman@wesleyfreedom.org) or one of the other directors listed below.

Vocal Choirs

Chancel Choir

Age: High school youth and adults
Auditioned: No
Rehearsal: Wednesdays 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Worship participation: 8:30 am and/or 9:45 am services, during the school year
Description: The Chancel Choir inspires and empowers the worship of our congregation at the traditional services.

Contemporary Choir 

Age: Middle School Youth through adults
Auditioned: No
Rehearsal: Saturday, 10 am – noon, monthly
Worship Participation: 11:00 am service, monthly
Description: The Contemporary Choir inspires and empowers the worship of our congregation at the Contemporary service.

Praise Kids Choir

Age: Elementary (K-5)
Instruments/Voices: Singers, occasionally use some instruments
Auditioned: No
Rehearsal: Sundays 11:15 am to noon, during the school year
Worship participation: 11:00 am service monthly, during the school year
Description: This fun group for elementary-aged singers meets weekly during the 11:00 am service to learn about Jesus and use their gifts to lead worship.

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Worship Teams

Adult Worship Teams

Age: Adults
Instruments/Voices: Piano, bass, guitar, drums, and vocalists
Auditioned: Yes
Rehearsal: Varies
Worship participation: 11:00 am service, about once per month for each group
Description: The Adult Worship Teams lead worship one Sunday per month. Each group has its own leadership and rehearsal time, so contact Dan for more info or to schedule an audition.

High School Worship Team

Age: High school youth
Instruments/Voices: Piano, bass, guitar, drums, and vocalists
Auditioned: No
Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 5:45 pm -6:45 pm (sometimes varies)
Worship participation: 11:00 service monthly; youth group and retreats
Description: The High School Worship Team is a student-led band that leads worship for the 11:00 service on occasion and for youth events.

Middle School Worship Team

Age: Middle School (6th through 8th grade)
Instruments/Voices: Piano, bass, guitar, drums, and vocalists
Auditioned: No
Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 5:45 pm -6:45 pm
Worship participation: TBD
Description: This group for middle school youth will prepare young musicians to use their gifts to lead worship for Middle School Ministry and other events.

Jazz Ensemble

Instrumental Ensembles

Wesley Freedom Orchestra

Age: High school youth and adults
Instruments: Strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion
Auditioned: Yes
Rehearsal: Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, seasonally scheduled
Worship Participation: Quarterly
Description: The Wesley Freedom Orchestra offers instrumental music and leads the Congregation in worship.

Handbell Choir

Age: High School youth and adults
Instruments/Voices: Handbells (if you can read music, you can play them!)
Auditioned: No
Rehearsal: Mondays from 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm
Worship participation: 8:30 and 9:45 services about once per month, other events and concerts
Description: The Handbell choir offers instrumental music and leads hymns at the 8:30 and 9:45 services about once-per month. This is a great group for anyone who played an instrument or took piano lessons as a child and wants to get back into music.

Wesley Freedom Brass

Age: High school youth and adults (occasionally includes younger musicians)
Instruments/Voices: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba
Auditioned: Yes
Rehearsal: Thursdays from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Worship participation: 8:30 am and 9:45 am services about once per month
Description: The Wesley Freedom Brass are a group of dedicated brass musicians who offer instrumental music and lead congregational singing at the traditional services. The regular group consists of musicians who rehearse every week and play once per month in worship. Seasonally, the group will add short-term members for a larger group.

Freedom Philharmonic

Age: High school youth and adults
Instruments/Voices: Strings, brass and woodwinds
Auditioned: Yes
Rehearsal: TBD
Worship participation and performances: Christmas Cantata and other concerts in the fall and spring
Description: The Freedom Philharmonic is a partnership between Wesley Freedom and the OPUS Community Music School.