Music is an integral part of our ministry and worship at First. Regardless of your musical background or experience, you are invited to take part in any of our musical offerings, including Chancel Choir, Kids’ Choir, bell choir, brass ensemble, or praise team. In all these ways and more, there are opportunities for children, youth, and adults to participate in our music programs. In addition, we regularly have vocalists and instrumentalists sing and play along with our worship services. We strongly believe that in our music, God is glorified and that all “God’s creatures have a place in the choir.”
The First Lutheran Chancel Choir is an adult choir that sings in four part harmony. All adults are invited to participate. The choir rehearses from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the choir room, September through May. Rehearsals last approximately one hour. The Chancel Choir sings a wide range of music from classical to contemporary Christian to gospel. The choir usually sings at the 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Sunday worship services two or three weekends a month. Special worship services include Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, and other congregational events. For more information, contact Mary Morken (Chancel Choir Director) 320-763-7933.
The Alleluia Ringers is our adult hand-bell choir. All adults are welcome to participate. They play for the 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. worship services approximately once a month, in addition to other special services. The group rehearses Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. for an hour, September through May. For more information, contact Ann Koudela (Director of Bells) 320-766-4221.
The Beginner Bells practice on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. and is open to all youth, grade 3 and older, or anyone wishing to learn how to play the hand-bells. For more information, contact Ann Koudela (Director of Bells) 320-766-4221.
The Praise Team leads the congregation in singing at the 11:00 a.m. worship each Sunday and for other special services. The group sings contemporary Christian music as well as contemporary arrangements of traditional hymns. The Praise Team practices every Wednesday night at 5:35-6:25 p.m., September through May in the choir room.
The Kids choir is open to students grades 3-5 who love to sing! They sing for the 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. worship services approximately once a month and for other special services. The group rehearses on Wednesdays, September through May, from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Paula Odland (Children’s Ministry Director) 320-219-7318.
Middle School Choir
The Middle School Choir is open to students grades 6-9 who love to sing and have fun together. The Junior FLY Choir sings during worship several times a year. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m., September through May, with Greg Raether, director. For more information about the Junior FLY Choir, please contact Kim Taylor (Youth Ministry Director) 320-762-2196.
The Brass Ensemble has a lot of fun together and is open to anyone who plays a brass instrument. They perform several times a year at worship services. Rehearsal is on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m., September through May (sometimes in summer). For more information about the Brass Ensemble, please contact Greg Raether (Director of Brass Ensemble) 651-592-6134.
Family Music Classes (open to the community)
Pastor Kari, Paula Odland and Leila Preston, will be teaching classes for parents, tots and preschoolers. Music is one of God’s gifts and is deeply connected to our faith. Making music is a wonderful thing for families to do together and paves the way for learning in many ways.
- Movement, song, and the use of a variety of instruments will be an integral part of each class.
- We will offer classes for children ages 1-3 to attend with their parent/grandparent and classes for children ages 4-5 (Pre-K). If there is enough interest, we are also willing to offer a baby/parent class.
- Dates and times will be announced a month prior. Feel free to spread the word!
If you have questions about attending a class, or are interested in teaching a class, please contact Pastor Kari.