Music Ensembles at Central
Please contact the church office at 610-866-5661 for information on how to become a member of an ensemble.
The Central Moravian Church Choir – Rebecca Owens, Director
Rehearsals begin on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
The Chapel Choir – Richard Miller, Director
The Central Moravian Brass Ensemble – Caitlin Worrich, Director
The Handbell Ensemble – Jeanne Bednarik, Director
The Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir – Don Kemmerer, Director
The Men’s Choir and The Women’s Choir – Rebecca Owens, Director
The Children and Youth Choir - JoAnna Allen Freund, Director
Throughout the year, we are blessed to feature special instrumentalists from both the community and the congregation. We are especially blessed to have The Mainstreet Brass as our guest brass quintet.
The Central Moravian Church Choir
Through two and a half centuries, the Central Moravian Church Choir has established a reputation for glorifying God through the singing of classical , sacred, and specifically Moravian music. Steeped in a rich musical heritage, this 50 member non-auditioned choir, consisting of mostly volunteers sings for Sunday morning worship services, special services and singstundes, as well as performs for concerts throughout the year. Under the direction of Becky Owens, they have recorded two CDs, “Christmas Eve at Central Moravian Church” and “Favorite Hymns of Central Moravian Church”, have been featured on NPR as a part of the Prairie Home Companion Christmas Show, and travel to other Moravian sites worldwide to share their ministry of music. Please contact Becky Owens for membership information.
THE CHAPEL CHOIR
Organized in spring 2004, the Chapel Choir provides choral music for the 9:00 am worship service held in the Old Chapel of Central Moravian. The all-volunteer choir, eighteen voices strong, is directed by Richard Miller, organist of the 9:00 am service. The choir sings for worship one or two times a month from September through May. In addition, small ensembles, soloists, a men's chorus and a women's chorus, drawn from the Chapel Choir members, provide music for the 9:00 am service. Please contact Richard Miller for membership information.
BRASS ENSEMBLES AT CENTRAL MORAVIAN CHURCH
- We are privileged to have the Mainstreet Brass, a dynamic brass quintet that has toured the eastern part of the United States as well as the United Kingdom , play for many of our worship services and concerts. More information about Mainstreet Brass can be found at www.mainstreetbrass.com
- The Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir, under the direction of Don Kemmerer, was founded in 1754 and is made up of trombonists throughout the Lehigh Valley Moravian Churches. This unique ensemble plays from Central’s Belfry throughout the year as well as for memorial services and worship services during the liturgical year.
- The Central Brass Ensemble is made of brass musicians in our own congregation. This group plays throughout the year. Please contact Becky Owens if you are interested in more information.
Throughout the year, we are blessed to feature harp, classical guitar, strings, and woodwind players from both the community and the congregation. If you are interested in information on providing special music, please contact Becky Owens.
THE CENTRAL YOUTH CHOIR
The Central Youth Choir, under the direction of Carol Acheson and Becky Owens, is a group of K- 6th graders who sing at both the 9:00am and 11:00am worship services throughout the year and also sing for the Children’s Christmas Eve Lovefeast. Rehearsals are held as needed.
Throughout the year, a Men's Choir and a Women's Choir provide special music. Rehearsals are minimal and informal.