Music is the primary way of worshipping God in Lutheran churches, and the main responsibility for making music in worship lies with the congregation. To assist the congregation in its music-making, Mount Olive seeks to provide opportunities for musicians of all ages and abilities to share their gifts in worship. These musicians serve the people by supporting and embellishing congregational singing and providing music which illuminates the scripture readings and themes for the day. At Mount Olive, several musical ensembles have been set apart for this task:
Singers who are high school age and older are invited to join the choir. You do not need to be able to read music to participate! Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening from 7:30-9:00pm. The choir provides music roughly twice a month at Sunday morning worship.
The handbell choir, Glory Bells, accompanies hymns and provides musical offerings about once a month on Sunday mornings. Rehearsals are every Thursday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the music room.
The Mount Olive Brass ensemble accompanies hymns and provides musical offerings throughout the year, especially on festival Sundays. Rehearsals are every Thursday from 8:30-9:30pm in the music room.
A small chamber choir, this group provides music on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship every other month.
2nd Grade through 5th Grade. Rehearsals are every Sunday from 9:20-9:40 a.m. in the music room. The Junior Choir provides music several times Throughout the year in addition to the Christmas Program.
Pre-K through 1st Grade. Rehearsals are every Sunday from 9:20-9:40 a.m. in room 5/6. Wee-Ones provide music several times throughout the year in addition to the Christmas Program.
Beyond these ensembles, there is always a need for other vocal and instrumental offerings, including solos, duets, trios, or other small ensembles. If you or someone you know may be interested providing vocal or instrumental music in worship, or if you are interested in joining one of our music ensembles, please contact Travis Beck for more information at Travis Beck (Director of Music) or by phone at (507) 288-1580, ext. 203.