Music is a vital part of our worship of God. We are blessed to have so much musical talent within our congregation. Come and enjoy these musical gifts from the pews, or join your voices or instrumental gifts in leading music at Onalaska UMC!

Classic  |  Praise  |  Chancel Choir  |  Bell Choir  |  Cantata  |  Special Music

Classic Service

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.

Praise Service

The praise team leads music for the Sunday praise service year round. The team includes both our professional musicians and eager, gifted volunteers. The praise team practices on Sunday mornings between services at 10:00am. Cory Groves and Sandra Koster lead the team on guitar and keyboard. Volunteers add vocals, bass, drums, and the occasional ukelele.

Chancel Choir

The chancel choir consists of 15 to 25 vocalists who sing at the early classic worship service three 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.

Choir members sing in front of stained class window.
The Chancel Choir shares special music at the traditional worship service.

NoteWorthy Bell Choir

The bell choir consists of around a dozen ringers who provide special handbell choir music once a month from October to May. Rehearsals are  Monday evenings at 7:00pm beginning in September. New membership is always welcomed; ability to read music is desired but not required. 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.

Special Music

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.