Music in Worship
Music in worship is an integral part of Westmoreland Church. We have a long and grand history of high-quality music-making. Learning and singing hymns is an important part of the shared worship experience for the entire congregation.
Each Sunday the musical portions of the worship service enhance the scripture focus for the day. The Chancel Choir presents music that enhances the theme of the service. The Children’s Choir delights the congregation with their singing. Our two hand-bell groups, the Fellowship of the Ringers and the JuBellation Ringers, add an extra tones of festivity. In addition, special musical presentations are a frequent part of worship at Westmoreland, celebrating gifts from a variety of genres, including classical, jazz (led by Washington’s rising star Leina Seikaly), and folk (with The Little Falls Band).
Westmoreland is also fortunate to host internationally acclaimed performers on a frequent basis.
The church is home to a historic Aeolian-Skinner three-manual organ and a nine-foot Blüthner concert grand piano.
The Music Team
The Music Team consists is a group of church members who work with the Music Director and the Director of Children's & Youth to support the overall music life of the church. The Director of Music coordinates this group.
The Chancel Choir enriches worship each Sunday from the beginning of September through the middle of June. The Choir also performs at special concerts during the year.
The Chancel Choir at Westmoreland has a long history of presenting high-quality concerts to benefit the community. The Chancel Choir has presented the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé; cantatas by Bach, Britten, and Pinkham; and compete major works by Vaughan-Williams, Handel, Schubert, and others. These concerts were part of the social outreach activities of the church. Funds raised by offerings at the concerts were given to local social service organization. Professional soloists and orchestra members enhance these concerts.
The Chancel Choir and Westmoreland Church are fortunate to have a professional quartet of singers that frequently sing in the worship services . They are the featured soloists in the concerts presented by Westmoreland Church.
Adults and teenagers are invited to sing in the Chancel Choir. The choir rehearses on Thursdays from 8:00 to 10:00pm and on Sundays from 9:00 to 9:40pm. Joyous work and warm camaraderie are hallmarks of the Westmoreland Choir.