Music Ministry at Northaven
If you love to sing, the Music Ministry is for you!
Historically, music and the arts have been an important part of the mission and ministry of Northaven. Music stirs the soul and lifts the spirit in worship, and those who create music enjoy a unique sense of fellowship and service. The Arts, including not only the visual arts but also drama, dance, and preparing the sanctuary for meaningful worship, have increasingly enhanced the life of our community. Many talented volunteers give themselves to the task of making this happen and you are invited to become one of them.
Music at Northaven
- Minister of Music and the Arts: Stephanie Rhoades
- Organist: Susan De Kam
- Composer in Residence: Jane Marshall
Northaven’s musical philosophy is one of diversity both of people and of style; from classical organ literature to South African songs of protest. We incorporate a variety of music from around the world with a particular emphasis on songs of social justice. The Methodist heritage of lively hymn singing is carried on proudly at Northaven.
There are also opportunities for children, youth, and adults to participate in an ensemble. We would love to have you share your gifts. If you would like more information on any of the music ministry groups listed below, please contact Stephanie Rhoades, Minister of Music & the Arts.
Music groups to which you can attach yourself and make music include:
- Music classes for children are scheduled in blocks of 4-6 weeks throughout the year and take place on Sunday mornings before Sunday School. Contact Stephanie Rhoades for additional information or to participate.
- Youth Ensemble – For youth in grades 6-12. Meets on Sunday evenings periodically during UMYF. Contact Stephanie Rhoades for more information.
- Adult Choir – Open to anyone 18 and older. No auditions. Rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room.
- Ringleiders – Experienced Handbell choir for adults by invitation only. Contact Stephanie Rhoades if you are interested. Rehearses on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Bell Room.
- Beginning Handbell Class–Scheduled in blocks of 4-6 weeks throughout the year. Contact Stephanie Rhoades for schedule information.
The Roy Redman Organ
One of Northaven’s treasures is the pipe organ in the sanctuary. Built in 1973 by the Fort Worth organ builder, Roy Redman, it is one of the finest small organs in the city. The money for the organ was raised by Winkie Stroube and many members of the congregation participated in its construction and transport. Enhanced with additional stops and electric action, the organ was reinstalled in Northaven’s new sanctuary in February 2006.
Special Music Events
Throughout the year special music ministry events are presented for the community at large, often using professional musicians along with that of our own membership.