Music

Handbell & Handchime Groups:

Valley River Ringers: This group meets at FUMC and is under the direction of Suzanne West, but consists of 13 auditioned ringers from Murphy and surrounding areas. The choir rings only Level 3 and above music. They meet Tuesday nights in the bellroom at 7:00pm. They prepare for Christmas and spring concerts in many different venues.

Wesley Ensemble: This is an trio or quartet of bellringers that meets on Wednesdays from 5:30-6pm. The ensemble does not meet on a regular basis, but as needed.

Wesley Ringers: Adult handbell ringers that meet on Wednesdays from 5;30-7:00pm. This group participates in worship services many times throughout the year.

Joy Ringers: This is a handchime group mostly made up of retirees. They ring in local nursing homes.

Youth Handbells: This handbell and choirchime choir meets Sundays 4:30-5:00pm. This group is open to any youth grades 6-12. They ring in worship, in surrounding churches, and on our Spring Mission Trip.

Vocal Groups:

Chancel Choir: This choir meets on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00pm in the choir room to prepare service music. They also meet Sunday mornings from 10:30-10:55 to prepare their hearts, minds, and voices to lead in worship. They also usually work on an Easter and/or Christmas cantata.

Gospel Trio: Under the direction of Wally Avett, this group performs during worship services both in their home church and in other places of worship.

Wesley Mixed Ensemble: This group is an SATB quartet which meets right after choir rehearsal on Wednesday nights.

Revelation Choir: This choir is for upper elementary school children grades 2-5. They meet on Wednesdays from 3 until 4:15. They also sing outside worship services in ministry to elderly and shut-ins.

Exultation Choir: An auditioned quartet of girls’ voices. It includes students from grades 6 to 12.

Piano Ensemble: This instrumental group is open to anyone in the congregation with piano or keyboard skills. Members of this group provide music prior to and during the worship services.

For questions about any of our music programs, please contact Suzanne West, Director of Music, at music@murphyfirstumc.org.