The Traditional Music Ministry of Oak Grove United Methodist Church

Building relationships through music.

Music at Oak Grove is all about building relationships: relationships with each other, with God, and with others in our community and beyond. While we hold ourselves to a high musical standard, for music is a means, not an end. If you want to make excellent music with people who will become your family, Oak Grove is the place for you!

For Adults

  • Chancel Choir:
    Rehearsal: 7:15 – 8:45p Wednesdays in the Parlor.
    For adults and high school youth. Rehearses weekly and sings each week in worship and offers seasonal concerts throughout the year. Childcare is available by reservation.
  • Wesley Ringers:
    Rehearsal: 6:30 – 7:30p Sundays in the Parlor.
    For adults and youth 7th grade and above. Still CERTAIN you can’t sing? You can definitely ring! I’ll teach you! The Wesley Ringers rehearses weekly and rings in worship every 4 – 6 weeks.
  • Afternoon Choir:
    Rehearsal: 1:00 – 2:00p Tuesdays in the old choir room (Room 218)
    Maybe you want to sing with adults but not EVERY Sunday in church. Or maybe you don’t like to drive at night. This choir is for you!
  • Orchestra:
    Under the direction of Dr. Scott Stewart, the full orchestra plays for worship twice per semester, with rehearsals for the two Thursday evenings prior. Additionally, solos, duets, and small ensembles are present in worship twice monthly throughout the year!

For Youth

  • Youth Choir:
    Rehearsal: 4:30 – 5:30p Sundays in the Parlor
    For youth in grades 6 – 12. Rehearses each week and sings in worship every 4-6 weeks. Participates in a couple of concerts during the year. Goes on winter retreat and Music Mission tour in late May/early June (summer 2024: Dallas, TX!).
  • Youth Bells:
    Rehearsal: 3:45 – 4:30p Sundays in the Parlor
    For youth in grades 6 – 12. Rehearses each week and rings in worship every 4-6 weeks.
  • Orchestra:
    Under the direction of Dr. Scott Stewart, the full orchestra plays for worship twice per semester, with rehearsals for the two Thursday evenings prior. Additionally, solos, duets, and small ensembles are present in worship twice monthly throughout the year!
  • Other Opportunities:
    High school youth are welcome to participate in the adult ensembles if they would like.

For Children

  • 6 Months-PreK:
    5:00 – 5:45p and 6:00 – 6:45p Wednesdays in room 218. We are partnering with Music Together of Decatur to offer music classes for parents and children together as young as 6 months! Separate registration is required; additional offerings available Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Visit the Music Together website for more information!
  • PreK-Kindergarten:
    6:00 – 7:00p Wednesdays in room 233. Our children’s minister, Elizabeth Loughran, will divide the group in half. Each choir will rehearse for 30 minutes and have 30 minutes of supervised play. This choir will sing in church twice each semester.
  • Grades 1-2:
    6:00 – 6:45p Wednesdays in room 234. Cathy Ethridge returns to the choir room to lead the first and second graders. This choir sings in worship 3-5 times each semester.
  • Grades 3-5:
    6:00 – 7:00p Wednesdays in the choir room. The Director of Traditional Music, John Cowden, will lead the oldest children’s choir, which will sing in worship every 4-6 weeks and participate in the Christmas Concert. This choir also goes on a weekend music mission each year.
  • Kids Bells:
    Rehearsal: 5:30 – 6:00p Wednesdays in the Parlor.
    For children in grades 3-5. Rehearses each week and rings in worship a few times per semester.

Orchestra/Instrumental Music

  • Under the direction of Dr. Scott Stewart, the full orchestra plays for worship twice per semester, with rehearsals for the two Thursday evenings prior. Additionally, solos, duets, and small ensembles are present in worship twice monthly throughout the year!

There is a place for you in Music Ministry at Oak Grove United Methodist Church!

If you have any questions, please email John Cowden jcowden@ogumc.org


Music Staff

John Cowden

Director of Traditional Music
Phone: 404-636-7558 ext 226

Leanne Herrmann

Organist
Phone: 404-636-7558 ext 223

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