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. Christine teaches general music at Lake Bluff Elementary School, plays violin with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and teaches private violin lessons. Matt is the principal horn player of the MSO. The Annins have a deep faith in God, cherish children, and are world-class musicians.
The 1/2/3 Grades Choir – meets from 6:15 – 7:00 PM on Wednesdays in the Choir Room.
- Leaders: Mergee Donovan, Jongjin Jun, Megan Lybeck-Smoak, and Anna Van Nulland.
Mergee has singing/theatre experience, Jongin has keyboard experience, and Meg is a United Methodist pastor who loves music. Anna is an elementary music teacher. What a great combination of gifts these leaders will bring to our children!
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.
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: Andrew Linderman
The pots I create are intended to bring artwork into daily living while enhancing the interactions between food, drink, people, and their community. As a craftsperson, I endeavor to create highly utilitarian wares for people to use, touch, see, and experience on a consistent basis.
My forms are loosely inspired by the natural world. Just like all oak trees are distinguished from any other species in the forest, each tree is also unique unto itself. I find beauty in the diversity that handcrafted works bring into our assembly-line culture.
The realm of function gives me parameters in which I can explore the purpose and utility of each form and how handmade ceramics augment everyday experiences. By considering how the forms are interacted with I strive to help the user get more satisfaction from commonplace occasions.
Food and drink sustain our bodies, but the camaraderie, empathy, and conviviality of good company sustains our souls. Handcrafted utilitarian wares augment the nourishment of food and companionship at a meal or with drinks, and add a deeper layer of care and compassion. My pottery ventures to make not only the profound moments, but also the mundane actions of daily living, more artful, cherishable and fulfilling.
Andrew Linderman is a studio potter and former high school chemistry teacher originally from the Twin Cities and currently living and working in Milwaukee, WI. He makes functional pots to make the best moments in life better, to make the mundane moments more enjoyable, and to make the difficult moments more bearable. Linderman uses his background in chemistry to create glazes that are enhanced by the firing process in which he produces his pots. Recently, He has also explored how the wood-firing process affects his surfaces. He continually strives to create work in which the functionality of a piece is enhanced by its aesthetic and tactile qualities. Linderman graduated from Luther College (Decorah, IA) in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. He has learned his art and craft primarily from George Lowe, S.C. Rolf, Simon Levin, and Michael Kline. Linderman also teaches classes at Cream City Clay in West Allis, WI. Linderman sells his work regionally from his home studio in Milwaukee, WI, online, and through a number of galleries and shops.