Music | University Baptist Church
Numerous people are involved in the music ministry at University Baptist Church. Musical groups include the Sanctuary Choir and Handbell Choir. Instrumentalists and vocalists support the weekly worship services. Soloists from across the D.C., Virginia and Maryland area grace worship as do those in various small ensembles.
Choirs are open to new members at any time. Choirs begin a new repertoire in September and January. If you would like to be a part of these groups or participate as an instrumentalist/vocalist in worship, please see Mark McIntyre.
The Sanctuary Choir leads in worship on a weekly basis. The choir sings music from classical to contemporary, from unison to multiple parts and from short hymns and choruses to anthems and large choral works. In partnership with Zion Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., the choir has grown in their ability to sing spiritals and black gospel music. Favorite composers of the choir are Gabriel Faure, John Rutter, Richard Smallwood, Marty Haugen, Glenn Burleign and Darlene Zschech. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the choir room.
Looking for interested members, the Praise Team will focus on leading the congregation in worship by enhancing the music the congregation has grown to love and found meaningful with contemporary music written by composers from around the world, such as Matt Redman, Twila Paris, Brian Doerksen and Kirk Franklin. Rehearsal times and days will vary according to schedules.
Seasonally, the Handbell Choir rings two-and-a-half octaves of Malmark Handbells and rehearses on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m., during the seasons they will perform. Ringing a variety of music, this group enjoys such favorites as Handel'sAllegro and the popular Lord, I Lift Your Name on High.
Male and female . . . young and old . . . all grace the worship services at University Baptist. From professional singers and players to those just learning to use their voices and instruments to praise God, one can hear hymns, choruses, spirituals, gospel, classical and even barbershop quartet music glorifying God.
For more information about any of the music ministries at University Baptist Church, contact Rev. Mark McIntyre.