Our ensembles for children, youth and adults are a loving community of God that passionately and creatively worships through music and shares our gifts with the whole church.  People of all abilities and ages are welcome to join us, or support the Music Ministry behind the scenes.

Join us on Sundays

Join us on Sunday as we worship together in one of our four services. Our traditional services at 8:30, 9:45, and 11 a.m. feature music from choirs, handbells, organ, piano, and more. Our modern service at 8:45 a.m. features a full band.

Music Events

CHANCEL CHOIR

Chancel Choir is the keystone of our church’s music ministry. The 70+ voice adult choir sings weekly for the 9:45 and 11 a.m. worship services and participates in special concerts throughout the year. The requirements for membership are enthusiasm, energy, and effort; no audition is requiredRehearsals: Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m.

Director: Dr. Hugh Ferguson Floyd

    WOMEN'S CHOIR

    Women’s Choir members experience sacred music of varying styles and enjoy fellowship. Open to women of all ages, this choir provides leadership in worship services and performs concerts at venues in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina and at our annual Christmas Concert.  Rehearsals: Mondays at 11:00 a.m.

    Director: Hugh Floyd

      CHURCH IN THE ROUND

      Church in the Round song leaders and band are an auditioned group who perform at our 8:45 a.m. contemporary service.  Selection for these groups is at the discretion of the Church in the Round Music Director.  Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Sundays at 7:30 a.m.

      Director: Jennifer Hough

        HANDBELLS

        Myers Park Bells, the premier handbell ensemble at our church,  rings regularly in worship and is challenged to make music at the highest level. Prior handbell and music reading experience are required. The group participates in weekend retreats, mission trips and festivals. Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

        Bellissimo: This mid-level intermediate handbell group focuses on building skills and rings once each semester in worship. Participation in local retreats, mission trips, and festivals is optional.  Rehearsals: Sundays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

        Southern Bells: This non-performing handbell group for women exercises the heart and mind and focuses on skill-building and fellowship. Ringers are introduced to healthy ringing exercises, a variety of handbell techniques and basic music reading skills. Rehearsals: Mondays at 10:00 a.m.

        Director: Brian Childers

          MYERS PARK STRINGS

          Myers Park Strings are composed of string instrumentalists from the congregation and the community. Moderate proficiency is expected.  This group performs during sanctuary worship services numerous times during the year and with symphony members at our annual Christmas Concert.  Rehearsals: Every other Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

          Director: Evan Wesley Currie

            CHILDREN'S & YOUTH ENSEMBLES

            Tinkerbells – Handbells for K-2nd Graders
            Tinkerbells is for children grades K-2 and meets every Wednesday from 5:00 - 5:45pm.  In this class we work on reading music and rhythm while building the foundation for good ringing musicianship. Rehearsal – Wednesdays at 5 p.m.  Register Here

            Junior Bells – Handbells for 3rd-5th Graders
            Junior Bells is for children grades 3-5 and meets every Sunday from 3:00 - 4:00pm. Children will continue to develop music reading and performance skills, as well as learning how to be good worship leaders and ambassadors to our community.  Participants are introduced to advanced bell techniques and encouraged to problem-solve many different bell challenges.  This choir rings in worship once per semester, for the elementary worship services and travels to Aldersgate Retirement Community to perform. Rehearsal – Sundays at 3 p.m.  Register Here

            Youth Bells – Handbells for 6th-12th Graders
            Youth Bells is for grades 6-12 and meets every Sunday from 4:00 - 5:15pm.  This intermediate handbell choir for youth extends the tradition of Junior Bells to more advanced and challenging repertoire.  In addition to worship leadership, youth participate in weekend and summer ministry tours to take the love of Christ to others.  Rehearsal – Sundays at 4 p.m.  Register Here

             

            Alleluia Choir – Choir for K-1st Graders
            Alleluia Choir is for children grades K-1 and meets every Wednesday from 5:45 - 6:30pm.  Children will sing a wide assortment of songs and learn about the Christian life through music and activities designed to teach scriptural beliefs as well as age-appropriate musicianship.  Alleluia Choir sings for worship throughout the year, for special services and the Christmas Concert.  Rehearsal – Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m.  Register Here

            Junior Choir – Choir for 2nd-5th Graders
            Junior Choir is for children grades 2-5 and meets every Wednesday from 5:45 - 6:30pm.  This intermediate choir focuses on the role of music in worship through scripture, hymn studies, and choral singing.  This ensemble sings in worship throughout the year, for special services, the Christmas concert and has off-campus performing opportunities in the greater Charlotte area.  Rehearsal – Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m.  Register Here

            Director: Brian Childers

              MUSIC ENDOWMENT FUND

              Established in memory of the first full-time music director at Myers Park United Methodist Church, the Walter Herbert Ball Endowment Fund for Music provides funding for music programs of the church for which he served so long and so faithfully. The Fund is used to underwrite concerts, including our Midday Music Series and the American Guild of Organists Summer Recital Series, which raises money for local organists’ scholarships.  The fund provides educational workshops with international clinicians and artists for our choirs and community. It provides funding for the commission of new sacred music and subsidizes the Chancel Choir’s tours, including trips to England, Austria and the Czech Republic, and Scotland. In 2021 the fund helped to refurbish the choir room for better seating and a more efficient rehearsal space.

              MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS 

              Our church features a harmonious blend of musical instruments that collectively form the soulful soundtrack of our church. From the resonant notes of traditional classics to the modern tunes that resonate with today’s spirit, these instruments infuse our worship services with a dynamic cadence of devotion. Discover the stories behind each instrument, delve into their profound significance, and join us in celebrating the unifying power of music that transcends words and touches the heart.

              MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

              Our church features a harmonious blend of musical instruments that collectively form the soulful soundtrack of our church. From the resonant notes of traditional classics to the modern tunes that resonate with today’s spirit, these instruments infuse our worship services with a dynamic cadence of devotion. Discover the stories behind each instrument, delve into their profound significance, and join us in celebrating the unifying power of music that transcends words and touches the heart.

              SANCTUARY ORGAN
              WALTER BALL MEMORIAL ORGAN

              Honoring our beloved former choirmaster and organist, The Walter Ball Memorial Organ was originally built by the Holtkamp Organ Company in 2014 for a private owner. The organ has been rebuilt to blend into our existing chapel. The chapel has been modified to accommodate the organ and to serve as a recital space as well as continue to serve as a location for worship, weddings, and funerals.

              HANDBELLS

              The Myers Park UMC Handbell Ministry has grown to encompass six handbell choirs with nearly 100 ringers, ranging in age from kindergarteners to senior adults. These ringers rehearse under the direction of Brian Childers, Director of Handbells and Children's and Youth Music, growing their skills and providing music for worship, concerts, and special events throughout the community. Our musicians ring on two five-octave sets of Malmark Handbells, several large aluminum handbells, two sets of Malmark handchimes, two octaves of Silver Melody Bells, and two sets of Schulmerich and Petit Fritzen Bells on loan from Handbell Musicians of America. Myers Park UMC groups use more than 300 bells in worship and concerts.

              Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

              -Psalm 98:4