Music and the Arts

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord … and extol him with music and song!” (Psalm 95:1, NIV)

To provide opportunities for the expression of worship to God through the arts, IPC offers a variety of music ensembles as well as ever-expanding efforts in the dramatic and visual arts. No matter what level—beginner, intermediate, advanced or professional—we want to help you discover, nurture, enjoy and use your God-given talents in His service. There's a place for everyone!

Chancel
Choir
Children's
Choirs
Handbell
Choirs
Band Scripture
Presentation Class

CHANCEL CHOIR

The Chancel Choir is the adult choir that leads the IPC congregation in worship on Sunday mornings from September through June. The choir is also involved in other special presentations throughout the year, including the Festival of Carols, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Choir Celebration Sunday services. This choir is open to anyone high school age and older. 

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:30–9:15 pm, in Sanctuary

Contacts:
Ann Barkley, Pianist and Music Coordinator
Dr. Michael Busch, Director of Chancel Choir


CHILDREN'S CHOIRS

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“Participation in a children’s choir is not earthshaking. Rather, it is life-shaping.”
(Helen Kemp, reknowned children's choir clinician)

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Sonshine Singers (2nd–4th grade)

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 3:30–4:30 pm (Sept.–June)
To register, please fill out the following forms: 

Chapel Choir (5th–8th grade)

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:30–5:30 pm (Sept.–June)
To register, please fill out the following forms: 

Forms may be returned by email to Donna Hyde, mailed, or handed in to the church office.
Contact Donna Hyde, Director of Children's Choirs, for more information.

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Children's Choirs Mission

To develop young choristers as leaders in worship while strengthening their relationship with Jesus Christ through ministry and service for our Lord!

Children's Choirs Vision

  • Spiritual development/faith formation
  • Discussion of sacred text in music
  • Individual and corporate prayer
  • Understanding the impact of the Gospel from a personal, community and global perspective

Leadership in Worship:

  • Opportunities to lead in various aspects of our worship service
  • Understanding different roles in worship within a biblical or theological context   
  • Identifying individual gifts of ministry for present and future service for for the Lord

Outreach and Evangelism:

  • Presenting and sharing the Gospel
  • Serving and ministering throughout the community
  • Presentation of the global nature of Christian music and character

Education:

  • Nurturing and developing choral and musical skills through various instructional methods and training techniques
  • Building self-discipline, habits of regularity, and responsibility for self and others as a member of an ensemble and family of God

HANDBELL CHOIRS

"Ring to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things!"
— Anonymous (based on Psalm 98:1)

Handbell Choirs Mission

"To glorify God as we use our musical gifts and talents, to provide leadership in worship, and to nurture friendship and spiritual growth in a small group setting." 

Katie Hart Handbell Choir  (High school-age and above)

As our most advanced group, members must be solid music readers but do not have to have previous handbell ringing experience. This group leads in worship approximately once a month.

Contact Lisa Frank, Worship Ministries Leader and Director of Handbell Choirs, for more information.

  • Session: September–June
  • Meets: Mondays, 7:15–9:15 pm
  • Rehearsal location: Sanctuary

To register, please fill out the following forms: 

Forms may be returned by email to Lisa Frank, mailed, or handed in to the church office.

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Beginning / Intermediate Handbells (7th grade–adult)

This handbell choir is for youth and adults who would enjoy playing a musical instrument in a group setting, but may have less experience reading music or ringing bells.

Contact Lisa Frank, Worship Ministries Leader and Director of Handbell Choirs, for more information.

  • Future sessions to be announced

To register, please fill out the following forms: 

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Handbells for Kids (5th–8th grade)

A fun 7-week class where kids and youth in grades 5 through 8 learn to ring handbells together in a musical ensemble. 

Contact Lisa Frank, Worship Ministries Leader and Director of Handbell Choirs, for more information.

  • Future sessions to be announced

To register, please fill out the following forms: 

Forms may be returned by email to Lisa Frank, mailed, or handed in to the church office.

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Chimes for Kids (2nd–4th grade)

A fun 5-week class where kids in grades 2 through 4 learn to ring chimes together in a musical ensemble. 

Contact Lisa Frank, Worship Ministries Leader and Director of Handbell Choirs, for more information.

  • Future sessions to be announced

To register, please fill out the following forms: 

Forms may be returned by email to Lisa Frank, mailed, or handed in to the church office.


BAND

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As part of our blended worship service, the band provides music for congregational singing for a few songs each Sunday, and typically includes drums, bass, piano, keyboard, guitar and vocals.

Rehearsals are Wednesday nights and also prior to the worship service on Sunday mornings. The band is always open and welcoming to interested and qualified players and singers, high school age and older.

For more information, contact Ed Nilsen.


SCRIPTURE PRESENTATION CLASS (SPC)

Sundays, 11:30 am
Youth Lounge

The goal of this class is to encourage, equip and engage believers in Bible study and the spiritual discipline of Bible memorization. Volunteers may choose to “present” the Scriptures in Sunday morning worship or simply participate in class, but all who join will benefit by storing God’s living Word in their hearts!  

For more information, contact Ann Barkley.

 
 

EASTER CHANCEL CHOIR
New Choristers Welcome

Our Chancel Choir is looking forward to this year’s Easter Sunday worship on April 16. We welcome seasonal choristers to join us for rehearsals in the Sanctuary on Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:15 pm, and then lead congregational singing during the seven Sundays of Lent at the 9 am service. Making music for our Savior, alongside fellow believers, is a wonderful experience! 

For more information, contact Ann Barkley.


MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Vocal and handbell choirs is starting up again in September and all of our groups have openings for new members. Use your gifts and talents to serve the Lord in a small group setting!

Please note start dates below. Meetings and performances are scheduled for fall and spring except where noted.

Handbell Choirs

Katie Hart Handbell Choir
(Jr. High–Adult)
Monday, Sept. 12
7:15–9:15 pm

Chimes for Kids
(Grades 2-4)
Wednesday, Sept. 21
4:30–5:30 pm
Meets in the fall only and ends Oct. 19

Children’s Choirs

Sonshine Singers
(2nd–4th Grade)
Wednesday, Sept. 14
3:30–4:30 pm

Chapel Choir
(5th–8th Grade)
Wednesday, Sept. 14
4:30–5:30 pm

Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir
(High School–Adult)
Thursday, Sept. 8
7:30–9:30 pm

For more information, contact the ministry leader of the area that interests you. See list below.


MINISTRY CONTACTS

Ann Barkley
Pianist and Music Coordinator

Dr. Michael Busch
Director of Chancel Choir

Lisa Frank
Worship Ministries Leader and Director of Handbell Choirs

Donna Hyde
Director of Children's
Choirs

Ed Nilsen
Band Leader

Kristina Steeg
Worship Ministries Leader