At Central, corporate worship is the central act of our faith community. Choral, handbell, organ, piano, instrumental music and the arts have been one of the important ways the faith has been shared and communicated across the centuries. From the singing of a hymn, to massed choirs accompanied by a pipe organ, to instrumentalists of all types, to people joined in interpretive movement, tunes and melodies lift the spirit and give expression when words often fall short. Central’s dynamic Music and Fine Arts Ministry seeks to support the proclamation of the Word from week to week. Please consider joining one or more our singing, ringing, instrumental or fine arts groups. There is a place for you.
David A. VanderMeer, Minister of Music and Fine Arts Ministries
The Chancel Choir is Central’s adult choir. This choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. and sings each Sunday morning for worship (except for approximately eight weeks when they take a summer recess). In addition to the literature sung on Sunday mornings, the Chancel Choir prepares major choral works that are sung either in worship or at other times in the life of the church. Music sung in worship is intentionally diverse and includes all styles of classical music, spirituals and gospels, global music, and other standard church music. The Chancel Choir is open to college-age students and adults. David A. VanderMeer, Minister of Music and Fine Arts Ministries, conducts of the choir and Vicki Fey is the accompanist.
Chancel Choir Mission Statement
The Chancel Choir of Central Presbyterian Church leads worship by presenting offerings of musical, liturgical, and theological integrity that undergird the spoken ministry of the Word; they strive to faithfully interpret a diversity of expressions and forms of music; to strengthen and nourish those who gather to worship; and ultimately to glorify the Triune God, the source of all music.
Central’s Bethlehem Choir includes boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten through first grade. They learn music fundamentals, vocal techniques and worship readiness skills, and they sing in worship several times during the church year. The directors are Lucy Trumbull and Matt Baum. The Bethlehem Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.
Central’s Nazareth Choir includes boys and girls in second through fifth grades. With our graded choir program, children continue to build on their musical foundation, adding singing in parts, reading music, and learning hymns and service music for worship. Rachel Stewart directs this choir and Rick Wornat is the accompanist. The Nazareth Choir rehearses at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings.
The Jerusalem Choir is for both middle and high school youth from sixth through twelfth grades. This choir sings in worship approximately once a month from September – May, and makes occasional choir trips or combined music and mission trips. The Jerusalem Choir rehearses Sunday afternoons prior to Sunday evening youth group. Rachel Stewart is the director of the Jerusalem Choir, and Karen Brown is the accompanist.
Adult Handbell Choirs
The Geneva Handbell Choir meets weekly from 5:30 – 7:25 p.m. on Wednesday evenings (August – May) and plays in worship monthly. Dedicated adults, and high school and college students make up this advanced handbell choir. Geneva Handbell Choir is one of the premier church handbell ensembles in the area. They ring on six octaves of Schulmerich handbells and seven octaves of Malmark Choirchimes©. The conductor is David A. VanderMeer, Minister of Music and Fine Arts Ministries. The Geneva Handbell Choir has been featured on WABE’s “Sounds of Atlanta.” To hear this program, click here.
Youth Handbell Choir
The Youth Handbell Choir is for youth grade six through twelve. The choir rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9 – 9:40 a.m. and is conducted by David A. VanderMeer, Minister of Music and Fine Arts Ministries. No experience is needed to join the Youth Handbell Choir.