Music

Music Programming

Music at First United Methodist Church is an integral part or worship.  Our style of music in worship ranges from classical to contemporary. Organist Bryan Latimer also plays piano, writes descants, and sings baritone. Music Director and Chancel Choir Director Rod Bieber has degrees in violin from the Universities of Cincinnati and Michigan. Handbell Choir Director Catherine McMichael directs, composes and arranges music for all of the music groups at church and has degrees in piano performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan. Dr. Mary Wagner directs the Children’s Choir and is a music history and scholar and sings mezzo soprano.

Chancel Choir : Directed by Rod Bieber

The choir is a fun group of people that strives to enhance the overall worship experience. The choir meets on Thursday nights from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, beginning after Labor Day in September. The choir sings at 11:00am service on Sundays from May through September.
What does it take to be a part of the choir? Well, a love of all types of choral music!  The ability to read music is a real plus, but not a requirement.  If you’ve got a good ear and a willingness to share your talents, come check us out.   We welcome younger members and snowbirds as well.

Think about how you can play a bigger part in the life of First United Methodist Church.  The more joyful spirits joining in song, the more powerful the experience for everyone. For more information, contact Rod Bieber at (989)792-4544.

Children’s Choir

Pre-school through 5th Grade – Directed by Dr. Mary Wagner from 10:00am to 10:15am on Sundays, May through September.

Bell Choirs: Catherine McMichael

Bells On High – Rehearses Thursday nights from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, September through Easter. The group rings in worship the second Sunday in October, November, December, Christmas Eve, February, March, and Easter. The choir also performs an annual concert during Lent. Also, this group attends a festival or workshop yearly, if possible.

Bells on High was formed over 30 years ago and now rings 5 octaves of bells and 3 octaves of chines. This group is a Copper Level Choir, leaning towards Bronze, which means playing upper intermediate to advanced level music. All ringers must be able to read music and understand rhythm and counting. You need not be a member of our church. We are always looking for subs.

If you are interested in joining this groups of fun-loving ringers, please contact Catherine McMichael at (989)792-4544 or cathpiano@aol.com.