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)
The K3/K4/K5 Choir – meets from 6:15 – 7:00 PM on Wednesdays in Room 219.
- Leaders: Christine and Matt Annin, Chelsea and Dan Montague, Kate Edwards, and Jodi Case.
The 1/2/3 Grades Choir – meets from 6:15 – 7:00 PM on Wednesdays in the Choir Room.
- Leaders: Mergee Donovan, Jongjin Jun, and Megan Lybeck-Smoak.
The 4/5 Grades Choir – meets from 6:15 – 7:00 PM on Wednesdays in the Sanctuary.
- Leaders: Neil Bubke and Maddy Modrinski.
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.
The Joy Singers is currently closed to new members. If you would like your name to be put on a waiting list, please contact Jane.
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: Thomas Pscheid
Thomas talks about his artworks, “The wonder of nature is all around us. All we have to do is open our eyes to see it. Sometimes nature is subtle, sometimes it is bold. It can found be in the country or the city. It can be witnessed at any time, day or night. To capture natures; beauty, one does not need to use color. In my charcoal drawings, I try to capture instances of nature at its best. Charcoal can transform a piece of paper into a scene lit by moonlight or the sun. Eliminating the color from a scene helps me to convey the mood and feelings I get from the scenes I observe in everyday life. When painting with oils, the addition of color transforms my landscapes to images of visual awareness. I take reality-based settings and through altering shapes and modifying colors, my paintings convey my personal interpretation of the scene. I hope the viewer enjoys them as much as I do.”