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Music Ministry


MUSIC STAFF:

Mr. Thomas "Tom" Jackson, Director of Music

Mr. Eric Riley, Artist in Residence

Mr. Jonathan Frey, Praise Band

Mr. Philip Frey, Orchestra

Mr. Dennis Smith, Reformation Brass

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Mr. Thomas "Tom" Jackson of Baltimore has accepted our offer as Director of Music and will begin his work with us on July 8th.  

 

Tom is a 20+ year music professional, and comes to us most recently from a part time position at Rejoice Fellowship, a Lutheran congregation in Glen Burnie MD.  Prior to returning to his home area, Tom held positions in congregations in Texas.  He is well versed in a variety of musical styles and genres.  He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Texas Christian University, his masters being in choral conducting.    The committee was impressed with many things about Tom, but perhaps most especially his contagious passion and enthusiasm for music, and specifically for music in the life of the Christian assembly. The Congregation Council has affirmed this appointment.

 

MUSIC MINISTRY

The primary purpose of the music ministry is to encourage, facilitate, and enhance the singing of those whogather for worship each week. Sixteenth century reformer, Martin Luther, believed that singing was one of the best ways to engage in worship and one of the best tools for teaching the principles of our faith. Music is an essential part of Lutheran worship services and, naturally, this need for music and musical leadership has led to the creation of a variety of opportunities.


CHILDREN AND YOUTH CHOIRS:

The purpose of these choirs is to provide opportunities for children and youth to lead worship while gaining knowledge, skill, and confidence as musicians and leaders.


ADULT CHOIRS:

Chancel Choir is a traditional soprano, alto, tenor, bass choral ensemble. Repertoire includes noteworthy choral music representing a variety of eras and styles. The choir sings most Sundays alternating between the 8:00 AM and the 10:30 AM worship service. Rehearsals are held 7:00PM Thursdays during the choir season.


Contemporary Choir sings each Sundays during the 10:15 AM Contemporary Worship Service and also Christmas Eve. Rehearsals are held Sundays at 7:45 AM.

 

ADULT ENSEMBLES: 

Praise Band includes guitars, keyboards, drums, vocalists, and back-up choir. The band provides musical leadership for the 10:15 AM worship service year-round. Practice is held at 7:00 AM each Sunday.


Reformation Brass is comprised of trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba players. The ensemble adds a festive flair to Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, Reformation services and other occasions. Practice is scheduled as needed.


St. Matthew Orchestra was formed in the early days of our church’s history when the ensemble played at the weekly Sunday School assembly the orchestra remains one of the few church orchestras still in existence in the area. Membership is open to players of string, wind, and brass, and percussion instruments. The orchestra plays during special services, concerts, and fellowship events September through May. Rehearsals are Sundays at 9:30 AM and other times as needed.

 




St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church • 839 West Market St. • York, PA 17401-3607
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