Welcome to the Music Ministries of NRUMC! We’re so pleased that you’re interested in having music be a part of your journey. We have a tremendous variety of groups that meet regularly, plus seasonal and “special occasion” ensembles. Below is an overview of our dynamic and diverse offerings:

  • age-specific vocal choirs from age 4 through senior adult

  • our contemporary band, Exaltation!

  • four adult handbell ensembles

  • special children’s and youth handbell groups

  • our outstanding Chancel Choir

  • an auditioned chamber choir, High Notes

Music in Worship

The Chancel Choir leads music most Sundays at our 8:30 and 11:15 traditional services. Some elect to sing at both services, some sing at one or the other. The choir rehearses as a whole each Thursday from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.; the ability to read music is not required. Committed youth who seek an additional challenge may also join the Chancel Choir, which presents at least three cantatas per year: Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Christmas.

Exaltation! provides the music for our 9:45 a.m. Sunday contemporary service, Souljourn. Vocalists and instrumentalists create a unique complement of band and orchestral elements with four-part singing. Rehearsals are usually held on Sunday evenings from 6:15 to 8:15. Music reading for vocalists isn’t a requirement, but is helpful in the fast-paced rehearsals. Instrumentalists are of a fairly high proficiency.

Music Outreach

Bells of Hope
Bells of Hope originated at North Raleigh United Methodist Church in 2012 to provide hope and support, especially to cancer patients and children who might be undergoing treatment or receiving care at one of our local or nearby facilities. Knowing that this is a difficult period for families, handbell music is offered with the hope that it will offer a brief escape and add to the support offered at these hospitals and the Transitions LifeCare facility. 

Silver Chords & Youth Choir
The Silver Chords choir is a group of caring senior singers which rehearses and shares devotional time on Wednesday mornings (more information below). The members are committed to an active outreach program, which involves singing for the residents of assisted-living and retirement homes about 6 times during the year. Our Youth Choir also sings for church and various assisted living homes in the Raleigh area, and rehearses on Sunday afternoons (more information below). If you are interested in learning more about these groups’ outreach ministries, or having them visit your facility, please email Dr. James Brown, Director of Music Ministries.

Adult Handbells

NRUMC offers four handbell ensembles that share their love of ringing and ministry. Previous ringing experience is not required, however, being able to read music will ensure success. We play intermediate to advanced literature. If you have questions or would like more information about handbells at NRUMC, email Kathy Aspenwall.

All ensemble rehearsals begin in late August and go through May. 

Wesley Bells – Rehearses on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Grace Bells – Rehearses on Wednesdays from 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Covenant Bells – Rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:40 – 8:45 p.m.

Unity Bells – Rehearses on Thursdays from 6:15 – 7:20 p.m.


Children’s Music

We are working on bringing back our children’s singing and ringing groups for this fall! Stay tuned for announcements and registration information on our Children’s Ministry webpage.

Youth Music

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Our youth handbell musicians rehearse on Sunday afternoons, from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. This group develops ringing skills using the same bronze and aluminum handbells that our adult groups use. Quality instruction, exciting music, and great fellowship get our young ringers working with this unique instrument.

Youth Choir
Youth in grades 6-12 have their very own choir, which explores more deeply the facets of countermelody and harmony. They rehearse on Sundays from 4:30-5:00.

Senior Adults’ Music

Jubilation Choir
All who consider themselves “seniors” are invited to join this group, which occasionally presents anthems in worship. Rehearsals are on Wednesday mornings at 10:00, directly before the JOY senior fellowship program and lunch.

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