This group of singers meets each Wednesday evening at 7:30 to practice, and they sing at the Sunday morning worship service during the fall, winter, and spring. The choir traditionally presents both a Christmas and Easter cantata at Sunday morning worship services during those times of the year. Often these beautiful and uplifting works are also presented to the residents of the Presbyterian Homes at Windy Hill Village in Philipsburg. In addition, many of the Senior Choir members present the introit as they are soloists or perform in other small groups. During the summer months often these same singers present the anthems.
The adult bell choir, the Westminster bells, practices every Wednesday evening at 6:45 from September until May. Not only do they provide an introit each month, but many of them play in smaller groups as the try new methods and techniques. Every April this bell choir is an enthusiastic participant in the Nittany Valley Handbell Festival in State College, PA, where members learn many new techniques from the guest director and have the opportunity to be part of a wonderful evening performance for the community. They play both hand bells and chimes.
This group of talented musicians is comprised of those in our congregation who play a variety of instruments and bless us with the introit at least once a month during our Sunday morning worship services. In addition, they add much color to our other music groups, playing with those groups on special pieces. They practice on selected Sundays immediately after the morning worship service.
Sonshine Singers/Sonshine Ringers/Dove Ringers
There are many opportunities for the youth of our church to praise God through their music. The children sing once a month during the Sunday morning service. They love to share the music they learned at Vacation Bible School and at our Presbytery's summer camp, Krislund. Most of these same youngsters play the bells as part of either the Sonshine Ringers (young children) or Doves Ringers (middle and high school students). These hand bell ringers are quickly becoming very good at ringing, tackling ever more difficult music, and, at least for the older ringers, finding themselves being asked to substitute for absent ringers in the adult bell choir. As with the adults, these bell choirs play both the hand bells and the chimes.