Music & Fine Arts
The United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay has a variety of ways to express our love of God through music and fine arts including Children & Youth Music Ministries, Adult Music Ministries, and the Open Door Art Gallery.
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MACC (Musical Activities for Children of Christ):
Children (K4-5th Grade)
K3, K4 and K5 – Directed by Christine Annin and Melanie Berg
- Practices are Wednesday, 6:15 – 7:00 pm in Room 219
Grades 1, 2, and 3 – Directed by Caitlin Arterburn and Jongjin Jun
- Practices are Wednesday, 6:15 – 7:00 pm in the Choir Room
Grades 4 and 5 – Directed by Neil Bubke
- Practices are Wednesday, 6:15 – 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Youth (6th - 12th Grade)
Youth Praise Choir (6th-12th grade) – Directed by Neil Bubke
- Practices are Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:10 pm in the Sanctuary
Practices are Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Director: Neil Bubke
Adult ensemble providing choral music at the 10:30 am worship service. Genre: classical anthems and spirituals. Major works are typically accompanied with strings and brass. New singers are always welcome regardless of skill level. Music scholarships are also offered for college students on a limited basis.
Practices are Monday, 7:15 – 8:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Director: Neil Bubke
Offers contemporary music as well as secular music with Christian meaning for the 9:00 am Sunday worship service. Praise Team members serve both as worship leaders and liturgists. Singers, guitarists, drummers, keyboard players, and other instrumentalists are encouraged to participate.
Practices are Tuesday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Director: Jane Crise
Joy Singers is for those who enjoy good spirited and fun singing of old favorite melodies and hymns. The group performs several times per year at retirement communities, malls etc.
Get to know the students in the Choir Loft!
In 2005, UMCWFB started the Chancel Choir Scholarship Singer Program. The scholarship singers provide strong musical leadership and bring a youthful vitality to our choir. In addition, they share many beautiful solos, duets, and quartets in worship. Our congregation has been blessed by the wonderful talents of these fine young musicians, and we are pleased to support their ongoing musical education. The annual cost of this ministry is $6,500. If you would like to make a contribution, please contact Neil Bubke.
Adult Hand Bells
Practice is on Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Director: Neil Bubke
For the intermediate to advanced adult bell ringer. This group plays a full 5 octaves of bells and is always looking for new ringers. Music reading skills are expected.
Service is on the 1st Friday of the month at 7:00 pm
Practice is at 6:00 pm before the monthly service
Director: Sue Stanley
Our monthly Taizé worship service is a wonderful opportunity for experiencing prayer in the midst of Christian community. This simple service of prayers and singing is a meditative time which includes reflective music, conducive to prayer. New singers and instrumentalists are always welcome!
Located in the Walnut Room, the Open Door Gallery was established in 2005 and takes its name from the welcoming tradition of the United Methodist Church – Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors. The purpose of the gallery is two-fold, both to enrich the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay and the general community with changing exhibits that give glory to God, and to encourage artists by providing a space to display their work.
The current exhibition’s artist: Patricia Gilman Graham
Ms. Graham’s 31-year career in Art Education with the Milwaukee Public Schools and UW-Milwaukee is impressive, her work on display is stunning. Peace and tranquility are immediately apparent in the floral themes and soft colors. Her work is perhaps best understood, however, by reading her Artist Statement, list of exhibits, and a fascinating About the Artist testimonial. Please stop by, visit with Ms. Graham and members of the Gallery group, and enjoy the fresh baked goods and camaraderie.
The work is on display through the end of August.