If you enjoy making beautiful music, join one of our choirs; Chancel Choir, Sanctuary Singers or our Bell Choir.

Choir Practice Schedules:

Sanctuary Singers

Sanctuary Singers meet from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. every Thursday evening starting after Labor Day through the middle of June. They sing every other Sunday morning at the 11:15 a.m. blended worship service.

Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir meets from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. every Thursday evening starting after Labor Day through the middle of June. The choir sings every Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. traditional service.

Handbell Choir

Handbell Choir meets from 7:30 –9:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening usually starting after Labor Day through the middle of June. The Handbell Choir plays on the second Sunday of the month for both worship services 9:30  and 11:15 a.m.

Why I Sing:

Why do I sing in the FUMC choir?  We moved to Farmington Hills five years ago and knew no one in the area.  When visiting FUMC, we were impressed with the beautiful anthem sung by the choir.  After the service, a friendly member of the congregation introduced me to the choir director, Jan Wassilak; and the next Thursday I was rehearsing with the group.  That was easy!!  That’s how I joined, but I continue to sing in the choir for many reasons: (1) singing makes me happy; (2) the music Jan selects is interesting and rehearsals are well-organized but also very social;  (3) singing in the choir is an important element of worship and praise to God; and (4) the choir members have become my church family, providing friendship and support.  I feel truly blessed to be a part of the choir.  I hope all who read this who like to sing will consider joining the choir.  It is a great way to get to know people and share your talents. 

Jackie Brown

I gave my first concert at the age of two (so my family lore goes…I have no recollection of it). I was too shy to perform in front of the assembled family at some holiday gathering, so I sang under the dining room table. Dinner dishwashing as I was growing up (no automatic dishwashers then…a soap pan, a rinse pan, two hands and a dishrag) included all the good old songs from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, helping to make this chore more fun.
In grade school, vocal music was my favorite class, and that continued in high school, where I sang with the girls’ chorus, the choir, the girls’ ensemble and the mixed ensemble. I never sang a classical note in college as other academics took precedence.
BUT…it was the era of the hootenanny and folk singing. I had learned to play the ukulele and the guitar from a high school friend and I had several singing buddies. We performed at coffee houses, events, parties…wherever people enjoyed singing. After college, several of us became The Last Chants, traveling all over the state doing church services of readings and religious folk music. We did that for more than 20 years…lasted longer than the Beatles!
Over the decades, classical and performance groups I was a member of included Rackham Symphony Choir, Cantata Academy, Detroit Concert Choir, Ars Nova, Farmington Community Chorus, Livingston Community Chorus, Plymouth Oratorio Society, Novi Choralaires, and Detroit Lutheran Singers. Today, loss of the ability to memorize music, intensifying tinnitus and some hearing loss have “retired” me from performing complex music.
Why do I sing in the choir? I guess I can’t NOT sing! And I feel so very blessed to keep on singing for God and my church family at Farmington First.

Marion Ringe

Why I sing in the choir:
1.        I confess I’m not a regular bible reader, however singing bible passages makes it easy to commit them to memory. I can still recall the words and music from pieces I learned in church choir in high school some 38 years ago. I was amazed when my mother-in-law who had Alzheimer’s Disease and could not remember our names, could sing multiple verses of hymns perfectly from memory.  In spite of her disability, Ruth could still praise God.
2.       With a just a couple of exceptions I enjoy all genres of music. Sometimes it can affect my emotions.  I have been both exhilarated and moved to tears while singing with this choir because the piece being performed has been so powerful.  Music is an art form that lifts up ordinary text to another level that inspires us and nurtures our souls. The end product frequently is greater than the sum of its parts.
3.       Thursday evening  rehearsals  are a lot of fun.  There is usually a joke or two and an impromptu  piano tune played by our accompanist, Harvey Kahl,  to suit whatever topic or occasion that arises. Each week we share each other’s trials, sorrows and celebrations. It keeps me mindful and supportive of others who are experiencing the ups and downs of life just as they likewise support me.
 
You do not have to read music to sing in our church choir.   We were ALL designed to sing. The question is not, “Do you have a voice?” The question is “Do you have a song?” If you’re redeemed by Christ’s cross then you have a song. I invite you to share your song with the Chancel Choir this September.

Joy Wilson