Music adds so much to our worship and we are blessed to have so much musical talent within our congregation. Come and enjoy these musical gifts from the pews, or better yet join your voices or instrumental gifts in leading music at Onalaska UMC!
The early service music is accompanied by piano or organ year-round. At this service we sing many of the traditional or classic hymns of the Christian tradition, with some newer music mixed in when appropriate. Our church musician is Sandra Koster.
The praise and worship teams lead music for the Sunday praise service year round. Our current teams include Praise I, Praise II, and Acoustic Praise. Rehearsals of contemporary praise music are on Sunday Mornings between services at 10:00am. Guitar, bass and drums are also encouraged as a regular part of the Praise Team. Directors are Cory Groves and Sandra Koster. Membership and participation are flexible.
The chancel choir consists of 15 to 25 vocalists who sing at the first service of worship three out of four Sundays a month from September to May. Traditional and contemporary anthems in a SATB setting are rehearsed on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Cory Groves directs, with accompanist Sandra Koster. New members are always welcome.
The bell choir consists of 12 bell ringers who provide special handbell choir music once a month from October to May. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings at 7:00pm beginning in September. New membership is always welcomed; ability to read music is desired. NoteWorthy is directed by Kimberly Gatica.
The Christmas Cantata is the largest performing group of the church consisting of 50+ vocalists plus a professional orchestra who provide an annual cantata performance every December at both services, typically on the third Sunday. Rehearsals begin in early October on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Since the commitment for this group is only a 12-week span of time, the membership grows every year. Director is Cory Groves. New members are always welcome.
If you have a musical gift, we would welcome your willingness to share special music for either the traditional or praise worship services. Please contact the church office if you would like to offer special music. We especially love to hear from guest musicians during the summer months of June, July and August, when our chancel choir and bell choir are on vacation.