The Ministry of Music at University Park United Methodist Church is an exciting ministry that offers opportunities of service through musical arts for ages ranging from kindergarten through adults. Throughout history, music – as well as other arts – has provided Christians a wonderful means of expressing their faith. Our music ministry at seeks to bring to life the great musical treasures of the past and to present lively performances of music of our own time.
Music has always been an important part of our worship experience. Music in the church is an offering to the Glory of God, and the music ministry seeks to create beauty and inspiration as it leads in worship. Music is also an effective tool in the teaching of the Christian faith and the scriptures.
The choir experience includes the learning of the great hymns and anthems of the Church, skills in singing and music-reading, learning about the worship of the church, fellowship activities and service. Each of the choirs welcomes new members, whether experienced or beginning. There are no auditions for membership, and the only qualification is a true desire to be of service to God and the Church.
Our Musical Resources
Our musical resources are a testament to the importance of this ministry to the life of our church. In 1978, the church engaged the services of Alfred Kern of Strasbourg, France to build the spectacular 46-stop, 69-rank mechanical action pipe organ that stands at the front of the sanctuary. Our resources also include pianos, a five-octave set of Schulmerich handbells and a three-octave set of Petit-Fritzen Dutch handbells. Additionally, the music ministry enjoys the sounds and colors of eight music synthesizers of wide-ranging descriptions as well as an array of music computer software for recording, sequencing, and music printing.