Music

Talent Night

OUR MISSION

Our mission for the music ministry at Northridge is that everyone who has a desire to lead in worship through music would have that opportunity.  We believe that God calls us all to use our gifts and talents to further God’s kingdom in the world, and that the gift of music is one that can inspire, motivate, and excite.  To this end, we offer 5 specific ensembles that cater to children, youth and adults, both vocal and instrumental.  We are know that not all talents fit neatly into one of these ensemble, and encourage you to approach us and let us know what you can do and how you would like to serve, and we will do our best to find a place for you.

OUR STYLE

The style of our music in worship at Northridge is classic, with a twist.  Hymns and service music are accompanied primarily by organ, but often with piano and/or guitar.  Our ensembles present music from the classical cannon, gospel, jazz, spirituals, and music from the Taize & Iona traditions, as well as newly composed music by our Music Director and other living composers. We regularly feature staff and volunteer members as vocal and instrumental soloists.  In short, we strive for excellent in worship but presenting a variety of musical styles with integrity and commitment.

OUR ENSEMBLES

Children’s Choirs
Rehearsals on Sundays from 4-5pm, September through April
Choir Room/Music Suite
Our Children’s Choirs are comprised of Cherubs (grades 1-3) & Seraphs (grades 4-6).  We focus on the “fun”damentals of music; we sing, we ring, and we play games, but we also learn how to work together and be leaders in worship.  Children’s Choirs participate in Sunday morning worship 4 to 6 times during the year, including Children’s Sabbath in February. We present a Spring Sing! concert in Late April/Early May.  Rehearsals are co-directed by Bryan Page & Suzanne Bouvier-Page.

NYME (Northridge Youth Music Ensemble)
Rehearsals on Sundays from 5-5:30pm, September through April
Share Cafe
Our Youth Music program is offered to grades 7-12, includes singers and instrumentalists, and focuses on utilizing the energy of our youth in exciting ways to lead in worship.  NYME participates in Sunday morning worship 4 to 6 times a year and for worship.  Rehearsals are co-directed by Bryan Page & Emily Cox, Youth Director.

Chancel Bells
Rehearsals on Sundays from 5:30-6:30pm, September through April
Bell Room/Music Suite
Our Adult Handbell program is open to youth and adults who love to experience the magic and allure of English handbell ringing.  We play music for handbells and/or choir chimes alone that ranges between grades 2 & 4, and often accompany the choir and the congregation on anthems and hymn singing.  We have both a 5-octave set of Schulmerich Bells and a 5-octave set of Malmark Choir Chimes. Chancel Bells participate in Sunday morning worship 4 to 6 times during the year.  Rehearsals are co-directed by Bryan Page & Todd Moore.

Chancel Choir
Rehearsals onWednesdays from 7-8:30pm, Late August through May
Choir Room/Music Suite
Our Adult Choir is the flagship of our music ministry, as they rehearse weekly during the entire program year (late August – May) and lead in worship at each Sunday morning.  We also lead in worship for Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday.  Once a year, we present a special Choral Service with instrumentalists.  Recently, we presented John Rutter’s “Requiem” on Good Friday.  Past concerts and services include Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs” Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb”, and Faure’s “Requiem”.  Rehearsals are directed by Bryan Page.

One & Done Choir
Last Sunday of each month (excluding December and May)
Choir Room/Music Suite
Our One & Done Choir is open to anyone who wishes to participate in the Choral Program at Northridge, offering a choral outlet for those who can’t commit to midweeks rehearsals during the year.  We meet at 9:15am for coffee and donuts, 9:30am for rehearsal, and lead in worship at the 10am worship service.  Each time, we learn the anthem that morning, and there is no commitment beyond each One & Done Choir Sunday.  The goal is to offer a low stress, positive choral experience for anyone who wishes to participate in the music ministry at Northridge. Rehearsals are directed by Bryan Page.

Community Musicians
We often find that we need to contract musicians to augment our volunteer musical forces at Northridge, and rely heavily on students from SMU, UNT, and TCU. Working with students helps to establish relationships with universities, promoting Northridge in the community as a supporter of the arts and higher education.

Concerts
The city of Dallas has a vibrant music and arts scene, with many performing artists and ensembles who are always looking for a new place to perform.  Our sanctuary is acoustically prime for chamber choirs and smaller instrumental ensemble who wish to present a program in a sacred space.  We work closely with local and out-of-town musicians in promoting their events and supporting them in sharing their talents with our church community and our neighbors.

OUR INSTRUMENTS

Grady Coyle Organ – 36 rank, 2-manual with pedals, Nichols & Simpson organ
Tallis Organ–8 rank, 2-manual with pedals, 1967 Klaus Becker tracker organ
Sanctuary Piano – Kawai 6-foot grand piano
Handbells – 5-octave set of Schulmerich handbells
Choir Chimes – 5-octave set of Malmark choir chimes
Timpani – 24” and 26” Ludwig timpani

OUR LEADERSHIP

STAFF

Bryan Page – Director of Music
Christoph Hintermüller – Organist

VOLUNTEER

Suzanne Bouvier-Page – Assistant Children’s Choir Director
Todd Moore – Assistant Handbell Director

 

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