Westwood United Methodist Church | 15th Annual Summer Organ Concerts (westwoodumc.org)
IN-PERSON & VIA LIVESTREAM Concert at Westwood UMC – Peter Bates & Local Musicians
or via Facebook Live for three 60-minute concerts by world-class organists performing on the landmark Shaffer Memorial Organ in a magnificent cathedral setting. FREE ADMISSION.
Sunday, July 11th (3:00 PM)
Music is vital to the life of this church, for we truly have something to sing about!
Making music and listening to it are core activities. By music, we both honor God and enjoy God, both contemplate the Lord’s grace and experience it.
Any kind of music can well serve God and people. While traditional music predominates at Covenant, Covenant employs as many different styles as God enables it to and as meets the needs of members and neighbors. (We also employ sacred dance and the visual arts.)
Covenant has one of the finest equipped and sounding organs in the South Bay area. Built for the Sanctuary in 1965 by the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company, it now consists of 58 ranks, 3355 pipes, 5 digital stops and a MIDI synthesizer. Because of the Sanctuary’s remarkable acoustics, Covenant often hosts concerts by various fine arts groups.
Covenant has two choirs:
The Covenant Choir
The Covenant Choir leads the congregational singing at the 10:30 service and offers anthems, quartets, duets and solos, in a range of styles. Anyone may join the Covenant Choir. A warm and mutually supportive fellowship, the choir is made up of people at every musical level, from accomplished professional singers to those singing in public for the first time and perhaps unable to read music.
Regular Rehearsals Times:
- Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
- Sundays at 9:50 a.m.
Summer Rehearsals Times:
- Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
Thus, many people try the choir “on for size” during the summer months.
Holy Singers Choir
Holy Singers Choir teaches young people through middle-school age the fundamentals of music and gives them opportunities to help lead worship as the singers are ready.
Rehearsals take place during the last two thirds of the 10:30 worship service — except on the fourth Sunday of each month when children and youth remain in the Sanctuary throughout the service — and typically involve Christian education about worship and living the faith.