Music at FUMC Boulder is an important and valued part of worship, fellowship and of the Boulder community. The church ensembles include singers, instrumentalists and bell-ringers. The adult The Chancel Choir leads singing and provides music for the worship service each week from September until June. This includes a major work with orchestra, aided by singer friends from the community, in December and May. No audition is required, and new members of any experience level, including high school students, are welcomed. The Bell Choir plays a 5-octave set of Schulmerich hand bells, and performs in worship several times a year.
Our Director of Music, Gerald W. Holbrook, holds a Doctoral degree in organ performance from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Masters degree in piano performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago. With over 30 years experience in choral music he also has an interest in Gregorian chant, gives workshops around the country in this ancient genre, and has three recordings to his credit. As a composer, he focuses on sacred music, particularly choral and organ works, some of which have been performed by San Francisco’s noted Schola Cantorum as well as by church choirs around the country. He is currently the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Boulder, and the Chorus Master for Opera Fort Collins.
Our church building houses an historic Roosevelt pipe organ, built in 1888 by first cousins of Franklin Roosevelt. With 39 ranks, 34 stops and 2,114 pipes, it is highly prized by both our congregation and the Boulder area.
FUMC Boulder serves the community by providing space for musical events, meetings, lessons, book signings and many other community activities. The sanctuary is one of the largest and most sought-after performance spaces in Boulder and a place for the community to gather. Contact the FUMC Facilities Use Contractor for more information.
Our music ministry welcomes any and all to participate in the program. Our ensembles exist through healthy volunteerism, and there is a desire for our programs to grow. No matter what your knowledge or past experience is, your participation will make a difference. All are invited to Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord!
The adult Chancel Choir leads singing and provides music for the worship service each week from September until June. This includes a major work with orchestra, aided by singer friends from the community, in December and May. No audition is required, and new members of any experience level, including high school students, are welcomed. The Chancel Choir is kicking off their fall 2017 season with a choir retreat on Saturday, September 9, from 9:00 am–3:00 pm in our church parlor (includes a potluck lunch). Regular rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 13, at 7:00 pm in the choir room. Anyone interested in being a part of this great group just needs to show up!
YOU’RE INVITED TO JOIN THE CHANCEL CHOIR FOR FAMILY CHOIR ON WELCOME HOME SUNDAY, 9/10!
The Chancel Choir returns with a special “Family Choir” morning on Welcome Home Sunday, September 10! This is an opportunity for everyone who likes to sing to get together in the sanctuary at 9:30 am to rehearse music for that morning’s 10:30 am service. By “everyone,” we mean children of all ages, and adults of all ages. You don’t even have to know how to read music; you just have to like to sing! Come and be part of the fun! Email Director of Music Gerald Holbrook with any questions.
Regular Chancel Choir Rehearsals: Wednesdays 7:00 – 9:00 PM, and Sunday mornings before worship at 9:30 AM in the Choir Room, 2nd floor. First rehearsal of 2017-18 season: September 13
Upcoming Major Works to be Performed by the Chancel Choir and Friends
December 10, 2017: Magnificat by C. P. E. Bach
May 13, 2018: Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K. 339 by W. A. Mozart
Hand Bell Choir
This 5 octave bell choir rehearses weekly and provides radiant music for worship services and special seasonal presentations. Bell ringers need a good comfort level reading music, but previous bell-ringing experience is not required. Email Director of Music Gerald Holbrook for more information on the Bell Choir.
For more information about our Music Ministry, please contact Director of Music Gerald Holbrook at the church, 303-442-3770, ex. 139.