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: Chuck Weber
Chuck Weber has always been drawn to the beauty of the human form. This exhibit celebrates the rhythm, the flow, the symmetry of that beauty. The majority of these works were completed in a single sitting (alla prima) as well as oil studies painted “quick and loose” to capture spontaneity in bright, saturated colors and the high energy of impressionism.
“For me, the human form is poetry….its planes of reflected light and color create an energy that mesmerizes me. I love translating that form, particularly in motion, into facets of light and the synchronicity of the body in motion into an energy I view as the ‘poetry of motion”.
A full-time portraitist and figurative painter, art has been a joyous “encore” career for the Delafield resident following a career in Marketing here in Milwaukee.
His work, particularly in portraiture, has been recognized both nationally and internationally. In the past 2 years his work has been honored with top honors from the Oil Painters of America, the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, International Artist, The Portrait Society of America, the American Impressionist Society and the Richeson75 International Portrait Competition. Chuck is a 7-time Featured Artist for the Channel 10/36 MPTV “Great TV Auction”. While he loves painting the spontaneity of kids the most, some of his more notable adult portraits include sports personalities Al McGuire, Aaron Rodgers, Brett & Deanna Favre, Clay Matthews, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bo Ryan. He has also been honored to create works capturing Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Frances and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Chuck’s work can be seen locally at Purloin Studio, Menomonee Falls, The Pink Llama Gallery in Cedarburg, Gallery 1 in Waukesha, and his studio in Delafield.
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