All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name. — Psalm 66:4
Music is a vital part of our ministry, bringing a sense of reverence to our worship services and spiritual nourishment to all who participate. Music has ancient and mystical links to worship and brings a spiritual depth to the moments of joy and sorrow in our lives. The psalmist directs us to “Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”
St. Andrew takes pride in its music ministry and offers a broad spectrum of opportunities to enhance worship and music. We invite you to listen or to join us in praising God through a musical medium. For those seeking to perform, the options range from singing well-known hymns of the Methodist tradition during the regular worship services to performing as a soloist or singing in one of our choirs, ringing handbells, or accompanying our children’s choir. Our musicians derive a spiritual benefit from the opportunity to use their talents as an offering to God, and they learn more about themselves and about their gifts from association with other musicians.
Tim Reynolds, Director of Music, is also artistic Director/Conductor of the Hilton Head Choral Society and Chorusmaster for the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. His formal training includes music degrees from Wittenberg University, and the University of Oklahoma with additional studies at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, Aldeburgh, England; Clare College, Cambridge University, England; and Hochschule fur Musik, Vienna, Austria.
Debby Graves, organist, is an accomplished organist, music and drama instructor, as well as a math and history teacher. Her music training includes degrees from The State University of New York, Fredonia and Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia
Chancel Choir – Adults, college age through senior adult.
The Chancel Choir provides music for worship each Sunday, rotating services each with one of our other musical ensembles. The Chancel Choir performs regularly with instrumental accompaniment in Sunday worship and for other special services in the life of the church throughout the year. Solo voices or auditions are not required, but a well-focused voice that blends, some ability to read music, and consistent attendance at rehearsals and services are very important.
Schedule: The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 in the Music Room in the Admin/Ed building under the direction of Tim Reynolds, Director of Music at St. Andrew.
Adult Handbell Choir, conducted by Tim Reynolds, is open to interested musicians college age and up. The choir uses a five-octave set of Malmark handbells to prepare and present music for worship approximately once each month. A fundamental music reading ability is required.
Schedule: The Handbell Choir rehearses Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Men’s Ensemble, under the direction of Debby Graves, rehearses in the Sanctuary between worship services on Sunday morning and sings once a month for worship September to May.
Women’s Ensemble, under the direction of Tim Reynolds, rehearses on Sunday mornings, immediately following the 9:00 service, in the Music Room and sings for worship once a month from September to May,
FriendShip Choir is for choristers (ages 3 – 5th grade) and is led by Lauren Ricciardelli. The cherubs rehearse on Wednesday evenings in the Lighthouse Loop at 5:30pm September to May and sing for worship occasionally. Contact the office about the current schedule.
Summer Choir: Many of our Chancel Choir members travel during the summer months. The Chancel Choir thus becomes the “Summer Choir” from June to September, as in “Summer Here, and Summer Not.” We rotate singing between the 9:00 & 11:15 Pope Avenue worship services throughout the summer, and do not have their usual Wednesday evening rehearsals until September. Perhaps you have thought about singing in the choir, but have not been able to make the time commitment, or you have singing house guests visiting who would like to join us. The Summer Choir provides a great opportunity for you. The musical selections are less demanding and appropriate for performances with minimal rehearsal time. All that is required is that you appear in the Music Room on Sundays 30 minutes prior to the service in which we are singing. Each Sunday, we will rehearse the music for that Sunday.