Each Sunday morning our worship services are “unified” in musical style… classic hymns to contemporary worship music.
Once a month the worship team is the Grace Chorale and Orchestra. Each of the other Sundays we have small ensembles that rotate responsibility for leading worship.
“David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brothers as singers to sing joyful songs, accompanied by musical instruments: lyres, harps, and cymbals.” 1 Chronicles 15:16
Providing the opportunity for our musicians to improve the gifts that God has given them and providing training to facilitate accelerated improvement is part of our call to make disciples.
The Grace Chorale
The Mission of the Grace Chorale:
The Grace Chorale is created to provide the highest artistic quality, spiritual content, and musical richness for worship, to minister in the community and around the world where musical doors are open, and to provide an example of musical excellence to the rest of the congregation’s music program and the greater church body.
Rehearsals: At least once per week – Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm. Late August to early June.
Performances: Sing 1 to 2 times per month for worship, Present a major Christmas Production, and present a “Worship Experience” as often as is feasible.
Special: Musical outreach … Local and global.
Style: Classical to Contemporary.
About the Conductor
Scot Hintermeyer earned his BA degree in music education from Concordia College in Moorehead, Minnesota where he was a protégé of the late Paul J. Christiansen. During college Scot and his wife Debbie traveled with a gospel team which recorded two albums. A licensed music teacher, he has taught Jr. & Sr. High School. He has been involved in music ministry for over 30 years, focusing on people development as it relates to worship and musician growth.
The Grace Orchestra
The Mission of the Grace Orchestra
The Grace Orchestra is a volunteer, non-profit music ministry created to provide an avenue for the development of the highest artistic quality, musical richness, and spiritual expression through instrumental music. We exist to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Rehearsals: Weekly, Wednesdays 8:00 to 9:30 pm, late August to early June
Performs: Once a month for Worship, up to two major concerts per year, either alone as an orchestra and accompanying major choral works
Special: International outreach, when the Lord provides the opportunity, and other outreach when appropriate.
Style: Classical to Contemporary … mostly symphonic in nature
The Grace EFC Kids’ Choir
The Grace Evangelical Free Church Children’s Choir program will involve a number of components.
First: Singing! Students will learn to match pitches, learn to sing with freedom and learn to sing with proper breath support and posture. Quality music of many styles and from many different times in history will be performed.
Second: Music education will be a strong component of this choir program. Children will learn to identify notes, rhythms, and other musical symbols. Harmony will be introduced.
Third: Other instrumentation! Singers will have the opportunity to play rhythm instruments, chimes, etc. at different times throughout the year.
Fourth: Praise and Worship! Students will be involved in worship and will be taught concepts of worship and the significance of praise. We will discuss why we worship, who we worship, when we worship, and attitudes appropriate to worship.
Fifth: Musical Outreach! Whenever possible, we will take our music “on the road” as an outreach in our community, and as an opportunity to be witnesses outside our own walls.
- Any child of the appropriate age (1st – 6th Graders) is welcome to participate in the choir program, as long as they have the consent of their parent or guardian, and they and their parent or guardian agree to abide by the policies and guidelines established for the benefit of all.
- Respect and consideration are the trademarks of conduct for singers and leaders alike. Disrespect and unloving conduct will not be tolerated. It is important for a choir to work together. We will work hard to develop a cooperative and caring community.
- Parental involvement is important and expected. There are many areas of responsibility that need to be taken care of by someone other than the director if this program is going to be the most beneficial to the singers involved. This ministry will succeed and grow in direct proportion to the involvement of the parents.
- Regular attendance is expected. Attendance of at least 75% of all rehearsals is required in order for singers to perform in major concerts/events.
- Attendance is required for “dress rehearsals” in order for a singer to perform.
- We will expect singers to be in their seats and ready at the scheduled rehearsal time. Tardiness only infringes on the constructive time of everyone else.