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It’s not enough to sing or play an instrument in Traditional Music Ministry! Surely, our many ensembles are gathering points of joy, but there is more than rehearsal and performance to our meetings. As we help develop the musical gifts in our volunteers, we also develop their desire for sharing God’s love with others. People need to experience God’s presence in their lives. What better way to feel close to Him than by listening to music of joy and inspiration? That’s why the people in RBPCP’s Traditional Music Ministry are so enthusiastic about their participation. There are many ways we touch people in His name.
Chancel Choir member, Jim Dunny, says, “Music speaks to me in a special way, and it’s a really important part of worship. We don’t do anything halfway here. I like being a part of a group that seeks to do Him honor in the best way possible. The people here are so warm! This is the way I can truly participate in the church’s outreach mission.”
Signs of the ministry’s vitality are everywhere: Arlene Wolf’s grassroots leadership fueling Sunshine Singers visits assisted living facilities, Carol Tolbert’s sharing an afternoon of chamber music with a cancer patient who loves playing piano, Jennifer Williams teaching children violin, the RBCPC Concert Committee’s annual scholarship award for a deserving college music major.
Each Musician a Minister--
--in the name of our gracious God.
Dr. Christopher Cook, Director
Worship Music and the Arts
Rehearsals, Thursdays, 7 p.m.
The Chancel Choir is the church’s largest choral ensemble, comprised of adult men and women who sing a wide variety of choral works each Sunday at the 8:30 and/or 11:30 worship services. In additional to weekly worship services, the choir prepares more extended works with the orchestra at Christmas and in the spring. Singers of intermediate ability are always welcome: support for new singers is also available. Contact Carol Yuiska, (858) 689-8026.
Rehearsals, Wendesdays, 7:30 p.m.
The Sanctuary Orchestra prepares a wide range of instrumental literature for worship services and special occasions, as well as accompanying the Chancel Choir’s major works. Intermediate and advanced musicians are welcome to drop in. Contact Liz Virkler, (858) 487-0811, ext. 176 or .
We have five unique ensembles specializing in a variety of musical styles. These groups meet to share music in a supportive prayer covenant community. We are always looking for talented musicians to join by audition as openings arise.
Rehearsals, Alternate Saturday Mornings.
Grace Notes, RBCPC’s women’s ensemble, leads worship monthly and reaches out to the community with their music on special occasions. They present a wide range of styles that blends contemporary freshness with classical, folk and global traditions. Contact Le' Kubow, (858) 368-9765.
Rehearsals, Sundays, 11:15 a.m.
Joyful Noise is an ensemble of men’s and women’s voices. This group sings each month in worship and also at special events. Their repertory crosses stylistic boundaries searching for new and contemporary expressions of praise. Contact Liz Virkler, 858-487-0811, ext. 176 or . Currently there are openings in the men’s sections.
Rehearsals precede each monthly visit.
Sunshine Singers, our most active outreach ministry, brings the joy of music and faith to our assisted living neighbors in monthly visits around our community. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to join director Arlene Wolf, harpist Joan Sweet and pianist Barbara Sickert. Contact Arlene Wolf, (858) 487-4090.
Rehearsals, Sundays, 10 a.m.
Trinity Singers is our newest mixed ensemble, with a primary focus on classical choral literature from all ages. They seek to reinterpret this great repertory for today’s traditional celebrations. This group sings monthly in the 11:30 worship service. Contact the Director for Worship, Music and the Arts, Christopher Cook, (858) 487-0811 ext. 220.
Trinity Strings is a small instrumental group that loves to explore chamber music and share its inspirational beauty in worship. They also accompany Trinity Singers on special occasions. They are eager to find like-hearted musicians to share their joy of music. Contact Jennifer Williams, (858) 271-4534.
Vocal and Instrumental Soloists add sparkle and excitement to our worship. We invite interested individuals to arrange for an audition through administrative assistant Amy Wazny, (858) 487-0811 ext. 288.
We're a traveling choir that supports worship services here and at churches throughout San Diego. We provide a liturgical worship that is seen through uplifting music, choreographed use of American Sign Language, as well as experience drama, and dance that inspires people to feel songs and messages. We'll teach you sign language and introduce you to a new family of friends. Ages grade school to grandparents.
The Concert Series of Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church was established as a concert, drama and entertainment outreach to the entire community. The Concert Series is a part of the Traditional Music Ministry.
Learn More about the Concert Series.