Music is an integral and valued part of our church. On some Sundays, you can see as many as 75 musicians performing in service!
Most Sundays during the school year, about 50 people sing in the choir. It has been led since 1981 by our very own Minister of Music and the Arts, Dennis Coleman, who directed the internationally renowned Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus for 35 years. The choir sings music from both classical and contemporary composers, and also regularly sings culturally diverse music from around the world. Under Dennis’ direction, the choir is like a smaller family within the larger church. About every 3 years, it takes its talents on tour (New Zealand in 2005, South Africa in 2008, Peru in 2011, and Croatia in 2014).
A fifteen-member bell choir practices weekly under the direction of Patrick Doyle and performs throughout the year. They work with five octaves of bells and five octaves of chimes.
A Discovery Choir for children in kindergarten through 5th grade is led by Nancy Otness Bent (principal accompanist for the Seattle Women’s Chorus) and the “Lord of the Ringers” children’s hand chime group is led by Patrick Doyle. The children practice before church on Sunday mornings and perform during the worship service several times a year.
Alternative worship experience (AWE)
A small group ensemble (specializing in non-traditional spiritual music) practices weekly and performs once a month. It’s led by our Associate Minister of Music and the Arts, Stephen O’Bent (composer, multi-instrumentalist, and recent graduate of choral conducting at the UW) http://www.stephenobent.com/.
Our church loves its musicians, and we seem to in turn attract talented musicians who fall in love with the church. We have a large number of professional and amateur musicians who participate regularly in worship as ensembles, soloists, and choir members.
We have a 1967 Casavant pipe organ that has three manuals (keyboards) and 35 ranks (sets) of pipes. It was refurbished and upgraded this year before it was installed in our new building.