Music at First United Methodist Church of Boulder
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. For many years, Dr. Holbrook worked with Opera Fort Collins as Chorus Master and Director of Outreach. In addition to his work at First Methodist, he is also the Associate Conductor of the Seicento Baroque Ensemble.
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 Bob Sobchak, FUMC’s Building Manager, 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.
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.
FALL MAJOR WORK: Sunday, 12/9, 10:30 AM
Mass No. 13 in B-flat Major, Schöpfungsmesse (Creation Mass), by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).
First Rehearsal for Haydn: Wednesday, 10/31, 7:00 PM in the church parlor. Tenors and basses still needed! Contact Gerald if you’d like to join the Chancel Choir for this beautiful work!
SPRING MAJOR WORK: Sunday, 5/12, 10:30 AM
Requiem by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Contact Director of Music Gerald Holbrook at the church, 303-442-3770, ex. 139, for more information on these upcoming choir events!
Hand Bell Choir
This 5 octave bell choir provides radiant music for select worship services and special seasonal presentations. Bell ringers need a good comfort level reading music, but previous bell-ringing experience is not required. Email Jordan Ortman, Bell Choir Director, 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.