Cherubs (Ages 2 through K5) – Directed by Rita Ready
These energetic children make for one of the most exciting choirs. Their expressions alone are a joyful experience. They practice during the Wednesday evening service and sing in the sanctuary throughout the year.
High Praises Children’s Choir (Grades 1 through 6)
Directed by Carissa Baker, Vabby Baker and Noemi Guyton
This choir practices during the Wednesday evening service and sings in the sanctuary throughout the year. This age group also participates as leaders in Kids Ministry on Sunday sharing some of their songs. In addition, this group, along with the Children’s Drama Troupe performs at least one major musical per year.
Student Choir – Directed by Cara Rogers
This vibrant choir consists of middle and high school students who sing with excellence unto the Lord. They practice each Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. at the Element Building. This talented group ministers in the sanctuary on a regular basis as well as at Element functions. They also participate in yearly competitions such as Teen Talent.
Student Orchestra – Directed by Alan Wyatt
This talented group consists of middle and high school students who work together weekly and performs occasionally. They also participate in competitions.
Sanctuary Choir (Adults) – Directed by Steve Allen
The Sanctuary Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary and before the Sunday morning service at 9:15 a.m.. Ministering through music on Sunday mornings and providing special programs for holidays and other special events, this choir is comprised of individuals intending to offer a sacrifice of praise through the ministry of music. The repertoire ranges from Choral Classics to Gospel favorites.
Adult Orchestra – Directed by Steve Allen
This gifted group presents preludes, offertories; they accompany the sanctuary choir, as well as provide special music for other church programs. The Sanctuary Orchestra rehearses before the Sunday morning service at 9:00 a.m.. Most of the members have formal training and a broad background in music, allowing the performance of difficult music with minimal rehearsal time.
Ensembles, Soloist and Musicians
Ensembles are formed by the Minister of Music and are made up of choir members. Selection is based on sight-reading, vocal and blending ability as well as choral experience and audition.
From time to time established ensembles will have an opening and choir members in good standing may be asked to audition as a replacement.
The Minister of Music bases selection on the individuals’ audition and experience.
The role of an accompanist is a privileged one with unique and challenging responsibilities. The individual who provides accompaniment for worship must possess special skills and sensitivities, which go far beyond the musical expectations for his/her role.
Heritage Choir – Directed by Phillip Looney
The Heritage choir is an exciting way for all ages to become active participants in music ministry singing songs we love to sing from our heritage. This group meets and rehearses throughout the year.
Westmore Music Academy and Kindermusik
Westmore Music Academy began in the Fall of 2004. Westmore Church of God has so many talented musicians that we wanted to pass on our musical knowledge to the community and to ensure that Westmore’s newer generations continue to hold music as a high standard.
The Academy offers the Cleveland area instruction in the development of musical skills which bring enrichment to life and increased opportunities for Christian Ministry. Through private and group lessons students receive training in note reading, music theory and aural discrimination while gaining knowledge of instrumental practice techniques. For more information contact Rita Ready at 423-599-9789. Kindermusik information contact Dee Lancaster at 423-339-3939.
The Music Department at Westmore is pleased to perform and minister in many unique and creative productions throughout the entire year. As we continue to grow and our productions get more innovative, we are always interested in ways more people can add their efforts and talents beyond singing and playing musical instruments to make these productions even more effective. If you have experience or want to help out in the areas listed below, the Westmore Music Department would be more than interested in speaking with you about your contribution to future productions!
Please contact the Music Department at 423-813-3433.