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.

The High Notes Chamber Choir is a small group of active Chancel Choir members which presents advanced repertoire in worship. Members are selected by audition or invitation as vacancies and needs occur, and must be of a proficiency to learn and carry vocal parts on their own. Rehearsals immediately follow Chancel Choir, during the academic year.

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. If you are interested in learning more about the group or having Bells of Hope play for your facility, please email Amber Hitchcock.

CHIME OUT! began in December 2011. Our volunteers extend fellowship, love, and joy to assisted living residents, military groups, and senior groups at other churches. CHIME OUT! is for anyone who can read the lyrics of a song and physically hold a handchime; no musical skills are required. Initial hesitation from the participants is quickly replaced with confident smiles as they sing and ring hymns, patriotic songs, Christmas carols, and old favorites. CHIME OUT! averages about one visit per month. If you are interested in learning more about the group or having CHIME OUT! visit your facility, please email Berry Greene or Nina Miller.

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 Gail Scruggs or Amber Hitchcock.

Adult Handbells

Rainbow Ringers is our beginning-to-intermediate adult ensemble. Music-reading and previous ringing experience, though helpful, are not required. One-on-one tutoring and extra help is offered to brand new ringers as well. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays during the academic year, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

North Raleigh Ringers is our late-intermediate adult ensemble. Reading music is a definite plus for this group, which is for more experienced ringers. Rehearsals are held Thursdays during the academic year, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., just before Chancel Choir.

Revelation Ringers is our advanced handbell ensemble. Reading music is an absolute must, as is previous ringing experience. Helpful, but not required, are advanced bell techniques. This group rehearses Wednesdays during the academic year from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m.

Annual Handbell Concert
Silver Bells, Rainbow Ringers, North Raleigh Ringers and Revelation Ringers not only ring in worship, but also in our Evening of Handbells concert, presented annually on the first Sunday evening in June. It’s a great showcase of the year’s best pieces, and the Outstanding Ringer award is presented. The 2020 concert is at 7:00 p.m. on June 7! 

Children’s Music

Cherub Choir
The Cherub Choir is for children ages four through kindergarten. The group rehearses on Sunday afternoons during the academic year, from 4:00 to 4:30. Basic musical skills are developed using rhythm, movement, and of course, singing!

Jubilation Choir
The Jubilation Choir rehearses on Sunday afternoons during the academic year, from 4:00 to 4:30. As our first- and second-graders continue to “make a joyful noise,” the kids start to learn about the responsibilities of leading worship through song.

Our introduction to ringing is for children in first and second grades. The group learns basic ringing techniques with special “kid-friendly” instruments called Belleplates. Music skills and rhythmic patterns are taught in preparation for ringing in worship, and the group rehearses Sundays from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Alleluia Choir
The Alleluia Choir rehearses on Sunday afternoons during the academic year, generally from 4:00-4:30. Kids in grades 3-5 learn music to sing in worship, and present a fantastic musical play each year. The 2020 musical is on Sunday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m.

Picking up where Belleplates leaves off, children in grades 3-5 continue developing their skills with tubular Choirchimes. The group rehearses Sundays from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m., and learns to read and count more complex rhythms and meters, and rings in worship.

Lord, Listen to Your Children
The first Sunday evening each May, all of our kids and youth music groups join together in an evening of music to ring in the summer and celebrate a year well done! The 2020 concert is May 3 at 6:00 p.m.

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

Silver Chords
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.

Silver Bells
On Wednesdays at 1:00, immediately after the JOY senior fellowship lunch, rehearsals are held for this ensemble, which prepares music for worship and occasional special programs.

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