Connections—July 2019

Music Ministry Spotlight


At the Meeting House, we have a long and distinguished history of quality, spirit-filled music-making. We understand that music is ministry: that it has the power to uplift, comfort, enhance our worship, and strengthen our community. As Fred Pratt Green put it in his 1971 hymn “When in our music God is glorified” (#641 in Glory to God):

How often making music we have found
A new dimension in the world of sound,
As worship moved us to a more profound
Alleluia!

Under new music director Dr. Steven Seigart, the Meeting House’s Music Ministry enters a new chapter: respectful of its past but always with an innovative eye to the future.

One of the exciting new opportunities has been the Summer Choir, which began June 15 after the regular choir season ended, and will run through September 1. So far, it has been a great success, offering one anthem each Sunday to help support the music in worship over the summer, with music ranging from Mozart to a traditional Cameroon refrain.

In the coming weeks, you’ll hear even more diverse music, including some previews of larger works we’ll be featuring in the 2019–20 season. We’ve also been featuring our fantastic soloists singing sacred arias and duets as well as highlighting some of our fabulous instrumentalists.

There are still a few weeks left to sing with us. We meet in the choir loft at 9:15 a.m. Sunday to rehearse and there is no week-to-week commitment required. The entire schedule, along with downloadable sheet music and recordings, is available on the website at opmh.org/summerchoir2019. We hope to see you there!

Stay tuned for exciting announcements regarding the 2019–20 Concert Series season, which will include several large-scale performances of choral masterworks with orchestra, local performing groups, chamber and solo recitals, and our ever-popular Advent series, Noonday Noels. We hope to continue growing the Meeting House’s musical presence in our greater community, making it a desirable performing venue and a beacon for high-quality music.

To learn more about music at the Meeting House, please contact Dr. Seigart.

Photos courtesy of Larry Rood and Carol Stalun