Sing joyfully to the lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.
Music Camp 2021 will have a bit of a new twist this year! Our emphasis will be on hymns and keyboards, and how they are used in worship. We will have an introduction to the pipe organ, making use of our fabulous 3-manual, 55-rank Schlueter pipe organ. We will also have keyboard classes for all students, ranging from those who have had no keyboard instruction to those with advanced keyboard skills. Every day will begin with a devotion led by Dr. Matt Ross, will include a class on hymns, and end with a short faculty recital, featuring organ and piano music suitable for worship services. Friday will conclude with a student recital and a pizza party. Camp will be open for rising K5-rising 12th graders. Please mark these dates on your family calendar. Watch the Sunday bulletin for online registration information.
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR CHOIRS
In an effort to keep choral music active at Midway during the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Midway Session’s Commission on Scheduling has approved the following protocols for choirs:
- All choir members will have their temperature checked and hands sanitized prior to entering the rehearsal space/choir loft.
- Directors of youth and adult choirs will wear masks.
- Adult choir members will wear masks and be seated socially distanced for singing.
Music in Worship
We believe that music is an integral part of worship. The Psalms are replete with commands, not suggestions or implications, but commands for us to sing! Our Ministers carefully design the order of worship each Sunday to include hymns and Psalms which relate to the scripture readings and sermon for that service. These hymns and Psalms are opportunities for us to actively participate in worship, offering full-throated praise to God! Since these hymns and Psalms are essentially prayers, they are concluded with an “Amen”.
Instrumental music also plays an important part in our services. The Prelude is a time for us to prepare our hearts and minds for worship. The offertory is a musical offering played during the collection of God’s tithes and offerings, giving us another opportunity to meditate and pray. The Postlude is a celebration of the risen Christ, a joyful closing to the worship service, as we exit God’s Sanctuary, and re-enter the world in which we live.
Each Sunday, our choir sings an anthem during the morning worship. The choir is located in the rear balcony of our Sanctuary. The words of the anthem are printed in the bulletin. The congregation is thereby focused on the text of the anthem, rather than on the performers. We strive for excellence both in the selection of anthems, as well as the presentation on Sunday morning. And yes, the choir is performing, and their audience is their God, creator of all that is!
Midway offers a number of opportunities for those who are called to be a part of the music ministry. Our adult choir is open to singers ages 18 and older. No audition is required, just a desire to serve God and this congregation with your voice. We meet year-round, preparing anthems for Sunday worship services. Anthems range from those by the great composers of the Renaissance to the best offered by living composers, with emphasis upon excellence in text and musical composition. A highlight of our musical year is in December, the presentation of a Service of Lessons & Carols. Our children’s choirs are for ages K4-12th grade, and are divided into Cherubs (K4-1st grade), Midway Singers (grades 2-5) and One Accord (grades 6-12). These choirs rehearse August through May, singing for occasional worship services, and presenting programs in December and May. Our bell choir, Midway Ringers, also rehearses August through May, and rings for worship services every 3-4 months. We have been blessed with a magnificent 55-rank pipe organ, built by A. E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company specifically for this sanctuary, and a beautiful 9′ Steinway piano. Both of these instruments are used for service music, offertories and choral accompaniments. We maintain an offertory rotation, which includes piano, organ, and a number of different orchestral instruments. We would be delighted to welcome you into any of these ensembles! Please let us know of your interest and availability by contacting the Music Director.
My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts.
|Children's Choir Program||Rehearsals Wednesday evenings, 5:40-6:25
Mid-August through May
|Adult Choir||Rehearsals Wednesday evenings, 7:15-8:30.
Covid-19 Protocols apply until further notice.
|Midway Ringers||Not active at this time|
I truly desire that all Christians would love and regard as worthy the lovely gift of music, which is a precious, worthy, and costly treasure given to mankind by God. The riches of music are so excellent and so precious that words fail me whenever I attempt to discuss and describe them. … In summa, next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
Judy Dodd, Music Director
Arie Motschman, Organist