Music Ministry

Music Ministry

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"When In Our Music God is Glorified"

By Kurt Snider

Hi. My name is Kurt Snider and I am the Director of Music Ministries here at Chestnut. I was raised in the Methodist Church and can remember singing in choirs and playing the piano and organ from when I was just a very young child. My mother was the Church organist. I was very musical and participated in almost every group possible in my youth and throughout High School. If there was Music - I was there. I graduated from De-Pauw University, a Methodist School with a Bachelor's degree in music. I also studied organ and music counterpoint in Vienna, Austria. I earned a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. I have served Churches in IN, NJ, PA, OH, AR, and VA. 1 Love the Lord, am a Christian and have dedicated my life to serving the Lord through Music Ministry.

Music in Ministry brings people closer to God. It can reach those who hear it as well as those who are creating it. It can affect each person m many different ways. One person may hear music and it reaches him or her emotionally. While another person hears the same music and learns something about his or her relationship with God. Or the music may even help to reinforce learning a biblical passage or concept. Music can be an individuals personal pray or a group's prayer. Our congregation loves to sing hymns together. Hymn singing promotes a spirit of Joy, hopefullness, and faith. O How joyful it its when we sing "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee" or "Joy to the World the Lord Is Come! "And yet something different is expressed and communicated when wesing "O Come All Ye Faithful." What do you think is felt and communicated when we sing the hymn; "Silent Night". What about "Jesus Christ Is Risen Today". or what about when you hear a soloist sing "The Lord's Prayer" in Worship. We use music to draw us closer to God and to express our faith. Not only do we offer our money as a gift of gratitude to the Lord, but we offer ourselves and we offer music to express ourselves as a congregation and as individuals. Music can also express feelings of well being and help to promote healing.

The Choirs of Chestnut minister to all ages from children to teenagers to adults. We learn to sing and ring together primarily to contribute our praise and glory to the worship service. But Music at Chestnut goes beyond Worship. Music helps teach VBS, Christmas Pageants, and Musicals such as "Once Upon a Parable", Moses and the Freedom Fanatics", "Malice in the Palace", and "David and Goliath" just to name a few. Music Ministry at Chestnut reaches out into the community through concerts by our choirs as well as other groups such as "The Jeremiah People", Langley's "Heritage Band of America" and the "Virginia Wesleyan Choir". The world-renowned "Raleigh Ringers" Handbell Choir was also very well received by our congregation and the whole community! Participating in a choir at Chestnut is a wonderful experience with many benefits. You learn about music and tips on how to make music - and you may even make new Christian friends.

Chestnut offers opportunities for everyone to participate in Music Ministry - not only in Worship and hymn singing, but through the many singing and ringing choirs for all ages.

The Choirs of Chestnut

Children Age 4 year olds through 5th grade
Wonderful Wednesdays
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Angel Voices & Cherubs (age 4 - Grade 1)
Wesley Singers & Ringers (Grades 2-6)
including music, games & crafts!

Youth Choir & Bells - TBA

Chestnut Chimes
Thursdays 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Chancel Choir
Thursdays 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Praise Team Choir
Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m.

Live Wires Chorus
55 years & older

Instrumental Ensembles - All ages as scheduled
Vocal Solos, Duets, Trios, etc. - All ages as scheduled

For more information on Music Ministries at Chestnut, please email Kurt Snider, or call 757-595-6531.