Music Ministry

Music Ministry

Director of Music Ministries
Kurt Snider
757.595.6531, ext 306

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.


God’s Amazing Love for You

The other day I came across a well designed picture that said “God’s Love for You is too Big to understand, but it’s not too Big to Share.” In the center of the picture was one hand holding a small perhaps candy heart with God printed on it and sharing it with another hand cupped to receive it. Very beautiful! John 3:16-18 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” I don’t think any of us can completely understand how amazing God’s love for us truly is and is an amazing gift to us that we can tell others about and share. When I was planning music for March lenten services I found this hymn based on John 3:16 called “God So Loved the World”. It is set to the beautiful and timeless melody from the second movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Pathétique. The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church encourages it for use in worship or for any devotional purpose.

Prayer: Thank you God for loving us so much that you sent Jesus to save us! Amen.



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 through 5th grade
Wonderful Wednesdays
6:30 p.m. on Zoom
Angel Voices and Cherubs (age 4 - grade 1)
Wesley Singers and Ringers (grades 2-6)
including music, games and crafts!

Youth Choir and Bells - TBA

Chestnut Chimes
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

Chancel Choir
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom

Praise Team Choir
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

Live Wires Chorus
55 years and 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.