This fall, both the Bell and Vocal choirs had a number of accomplishments that I would like to take the time to highlight. 

The Bell Choir had five successful performances during service this Fall, including World Communion Sunday, a pre-All Saints’ anthem, and a very busy holiday season with two favorite carols. Additionally, the Bell Choir has adapted very well and made some wonderful music with our assortment of chimes, as we eagerly await the return of our bells, which were shipped off this Fall for refurbishment. We expect them to return early next year. 

Meanwhile, the Vocal Choir had a very busy season, which included more than ten anthems sung in services from all time periods and in a variety of languages. Notably, the choir tackled multiple German anthems this year, and we look forward to adding French music to our repertoire in the Spring. The Vocal Choir also had the pleasure of participating in a community-wide event with a consortium of churches singing the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. This interfaith project brought together several faith communities in Bloomington and proved to be a great way to participate in fellowship through beautiful music. We look forward to continuing this as a new tradition next year. For Spring services, music by Mozart, Fauré, Amy Beach, and Moses Hogan is on the docket, along with many other selections. The choir looks forward to continuing to share their musical gifts with the congregation. 

A successful music ministry goes hand-in-hand with a supportive congregation that values the importance of music in worship. We cherish the opportunity to share our gifts with you, and can’t wait to continue to do so in Spring 2023 and beyond. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. 

Eric Meincke

Director of Music, First United Church