The music ministry of the Holmdel Community United Church of Christ is a vital part of church life. It thrives in its God-centered depth, diversity, breadth of style and inclusiveness.
We do not identify our services as “contemporary” or “traditional” in musical style. Inspiration can be discovered in almost any style of music, whether it is classical, traditional, bluegrass, folk, contemporary or rock and roll, and we have found that many forms of music can be used in the same service and flow seamlessly when focused on supporting the worship experience. Service music can range from being accompanied on the organ or the piano to guitar, drums and a variety of other instruments, or there may something a capella. It all depends on what music will best support the experiential message of that particular service or event.
Everyone is considered to be a part of the music ministry. The choir serves a leading role in musical worship, but it doesn’t end there. Every person who is invited and encouraged to dust off that instrument in the closet, pick up a percussion instrument, sing a solo, participate in a small group, sing from the pew during a congregational hymn or even simply listen shapes, enriches and defines the music ministry. Through community participation in music, we connect not only with each other, but with others singing in Christian communities throughout the world. We offer to God our musical prayers, joys, sorrows and the very resonance we feel in our bodies when we make music.
Our minister of music is Susan F. Davies. For more information about our music program, contact her at email@example.com.
If interested in joining any of these music opportunities, contact Susan F. Davies at (908) 415-0447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our adult choir meets on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm from late August through late June in Fellowship Hall. It is open to everyone sixth grade and over who would like to sing and be a part of this close-knit, inviting community. There is no audition process, and singing ability is never judged. Perfect attendance is not required, though regular attendance when possible is encouraged out of respect for the entire choir community. The typical number of choir members in the loft on any given Sunday ranges from 20-25. The music sung ranges from classical to contemporary with careful thought given to supporting the worship experience. The Adult Choir sings at the 10:00 am service every Sunday from September through June as well as other special services throughout the year.
The Joyful Noisemakers is our children’s choir, which is open to all children reading age through eighth grade. In a time when music education has been compromised in our school systems, this group provides a wonderful opportunity for children to have fun while learning how to read music and rhythm and proper singing techniques. The older children often gravitate naturally to mentoring some of the youngest members, which has developed into some very sweet relationships sometimes. Despite the huge age and ability range, this group works incredibly well as it teaches music and sensitivity to each other while praising God. The Joyful Noisemakers meet for short rehearsals following the Sunday worship service in either the sanctuary or Fellowship Hall while their parents/guardians can be enjoying coffee hour fellowship with each other. This choir sings approximately once a month for the seasons that parallel the school schedule.
HUCC FINN is the church’s garage band that rose out of the congregation as some frustrated musicians expressed a need to do something fun outside of their day jobs. It rehearses sporadically when everyone involved can match up their schedules. The music played is mostly secular and is pulled from any musical genre that has caught the attention of the member introducing it. Historically there have been songs from the great crooners, bluegrass, folk, rock, heavy metal, country, original compositions and some that defy definition altogether. HUCC FINN typically organizes two coffeehouses a year held in Fellowship Hall, and will likely repeat their outdoor summer “HUCCSTOCK” performance on the church grounds.
Solo and Ensemble Opportunities
There are always opportunities for those who would like to participate as soloists and instrumentalists. The Holmdel Community United Church of Christ Music Ministry is open to new ideas.