The music program at Plainfield UMC embodies a spirit of service, fellowship, commitment, and involvement. From the newly-renovated carillon that calls us to worship, music supports our worship services in many ways and involves both gifted volunteers and professional performers. The Bell Choir and Chancel Choir energize and embellish the worship experience primarily in the 8:30AM service. Meditative organ preludes and uplifting organ solos by Kathleen Hermansen are complimented by other soloists, brass ensembles, string ensembles, and specialty performances. These all contribute to the musical diversity that makes worship at PUMC a special experience that touches spirits in exciting ways!
Chancel Choir welcomes singers of high school age and older to this SATB choral worship experience. Under the direction of Beth Best, the choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:00PM to 8:00PM, and prepares anthems that include diverse styles of music: from light masterworks to gospel, spirituals to Mozart ~ and up-tempo contemporary selections as well. Often accompanied on organ, piano, drums, bass guitar, and electronic instruments which add color and vitality to their presentations, they lead worship at the 8:30am service each Sunday morning.
Led by Megan Marconi, the Worship Band augments and enhances the musical offerings of the service with praise hymns, interpretations from The Faith We Sing hymnal Worship and Song book, and other contemporary Christian music. In addition to Megan providing lead vocals and, band members include Chip Mackley (guitar), Mary Snydersmith (bass), Eric Wellman (drums), and Kathy Hermansen (piano). Participation is welcome from others, including youth members!
Calling all ladies! If you are middle school age and up, we'd love you to check out PUMC's new Women's Choir! We rehearse twice a month on Tuesday evenings at 6PM and will share our music on Sundays approximately twice a month. Join us in the Choir Room for our next rehearsal or contact Megan Marconi for more information!
The Bellissimo Handbell choir rehearses Saturday mornings at 10AM in the sanctuary. Directed by Megan Marconi, they provide special music at both 8:30AM and 11AM services. The ensemble benefits from a wide spectrum of ages. Whether age fourteen or seventy-four, they ALL have a great time, and provide a real blessing to us on Sunday mornings when they share their gifts! Follow the Bellissimo Ringers on Facebook.
Special Holiday Opportunity
If you have participated in Bell Choir before or are interested in trying it out, join us for a special event! Anyone middle school age and up are welcome to join us. On December 12 at both 8:30AM and 11AM services, the bells will be ringing for a special Sunday full of music and worship! If you would like to be part of this special Bell Choir performance or have questions, please contact Megan Marconi. Let’s “ring” in the Christmas season together!
Children’s Choir (K-5)
The Children’s Choir normally meets every Wednesday from 6PM to 6:30PM in the music room. No pre-registration is required. Simply bring your voices and your enthusiasm to praise God in song. Due to the ongoing health precautions surrounding the pandemic, we have paused the Children's Choir. Stay tuned for more details! For more information, contact Karyn Holstead.