Welcome from Dr. Ruth Draper, Director of Music

The music program at Lakewood Presbyterian Church has a rich heritage of musical excellence, rooted in Classical sacred music while incorporating selections from gospel, folk, world, and contemporary styles. Every Sunday morning, you will hear a variety of music played on the sanctuary’s Holtkamp organ and Steinway piano, plus a special anthem featuring an ensemble or soloist. Whether you love Bach or jazz, there is music that will speak to you in this place.

Meshing music-making and spiritual engagement with LPC’s commitment to the inclusion of all in our community, the music program offers opportunities for involvement for musicians of all ages and abilities. You need not be an LPC member to participate, and you need not commit to a whole year of rehearsals to join an ensemble. There is a place for your musical gifts here! For more information on how you can get involved in the musical life of LPC, contact Dr. Ruth Draper. [*ideally there would be a hyperlink to my contact on my name here – or to a pop-up window fillable form that will get sent to me – whichever way will save me from spiders!]

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir of Lakewood Presbyterian Church sings in the 10:00 a.m. Worship Service each Sunday morning, September through May. This ensemble serves as the pillar for fine choral singing in our congregation and leads the congregation in joyful hymn-singing and responses. The Weeks Memorial Service is held once each season, offering a major choral work, traditionally with orchestra. Rehearsals are held every Thursday from September to May from 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Sunday morning rehearsals begin at 9:30 a.m. prior to worship. No audition is necessary to become a member of this ensemble.

Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir of Lakewood Presbyterian Church is composed of children and youth enrolled in Kindergarten through 12th grade. They perform at the 10:00 a.m. Worship Service several times a year. This ensemble is an exciting way for children and youth to become acquainted with collaborative music making. All children and youth, regardless of religious affiliation, are welcome to be a part of this ensemble. Rehearsals are held each Sunday morning from 9:00-9:30 a.m., October through May.

Bell Choir

LPC Bells rings several times a year at the 10:00 a.m. Worship Service. Rehearsals are held weekly on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30, mid-September through May, with rehearsals prior to Worship on scheduled Sunday mornings. New and experienced ringers are welcome to join this group.

New Song Ensemble

The New Song Ensemble introduces vocal and instrumental music from diverse backgrounds and traditions into the worship experience, with a focus on leading hymn singing with acoustic guitar and hand percussion accompaniment. They participate in Worship once a month throughout the year, with a rehearsal before Worship on scheduled Sundays. Vocalists and acoustic musicians are welcome to join the group monthly or occasionally.

Celebration Singers

This occasional “pick-up” choir for youth and adults is for those with lesser choral experience or those who simply cannot commit to a full season’s choral responsibilities. They perform a few Sundays per year, including several times during the summer months. Contact Dr. Ruth Draper for the next scheduled date for Celebration Choir.

Children of Note

Children of Note is an introductory music program led by Sara Lindberg during regularly scheduled Sunday morning childcare. Using short, age-appropriates exercises, these classes teach young children about notes and rhythm and introduce them to the joys of music-making.

Soloists and Instrumentalists

Vocal and instrumental soloists regularly appear in Worship, enlivening hymnody, supporting the choir, or providing special service music. Dr. Draper works with each soloist or small ensemble to select and rehearse music at their convenience.