Music is vital to worship at Little River UCC. Choirs for adults, junior and senior high school youth, and younger children lead the congregation in worship and provide fellowship for choir members. Our pipe organ, a two-manual instrument built for Little River by the Holtkamp Organ Company and installed in the early 1980s, adds richness to congregational and choral singing.
Little River takes to heart the charge to “make a joyful noise,” with a tradition of robust congregational singing. Our primary source for hymns and responses is the Chalice Hymnal, but worship planners draw from many other resources, including the Taizé tradition, contemporary music, and original compositions.
The choirs contribute to congregational worship with both classical and contemporary music. They present special music programs for Lent, Advent, and Easter, as well as on other occasions throughout the year.
The Sanctuary Choir, an adult SATB choir, sings a variety of music from the Medieval era to the present day. Generally, this choir provides service music and an anthem for one service each week. Christian holy days and special events in the life of the church make up the balance of the Sanctuary Choir schedule. Listen to our Sanctuary Choir singing As Truly as God Is Our Father, W. Mathias.
The Sanctuary Choir practices on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., and usually meets 45 minutes before worship. Additional rehearsal and service participation may take place for special music during the seasons of Advent and Lent and at Christmas and Easter.
The “Specials” singers are an informal multi-generational group of singers who are not looking for a long-term commitment to choir. They assist in worship on selected Sundays; whoever can rehearse for that day is welcome to sing.
Joyful Noise is a youth choir for grades 6-12. This choir performs a variety of music from classical to folk, including many contemporary anthems. Singers learn to work with others and develop their musical talents in a Christ-centered environment.
Joyful Noise assists at worship on a regular basis and practices on Sundays at 10:45 a.m.
Salt of the Earth
Salt of the Earth welcomes children in grades 1-5 to rehearse regularly and sing in services throughout the school year. Beyond the children’s church school experiences, this choir offers an opportunity to learn a variety of musical traditions, instruments, and choral techniques in an atmosphere of fun, sharing their accomplishments periodically with the congregation. This experience offers a wonderful foundation for developing young musical talents.
Salt of the Earth sings in worship once or twice each month and usually practices Sundays at 11:00 a.m.
We are actively seeking a Director for our Salt of the Earth choir. If you are interested in this position please refer to the position description.
Summer Music Program
From June through Labor Day, the choirs take a holiday. During this season, members and friends of Little River present a rich variety of solo and ensemble music during worship. Performers include individual members from the various choirs, members of the congregation at large, and guests from the broader community.
If you are interested in providing special summer music, please contact any member of the music staff or the music committee. Both instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome.
All Are Welcome!
All choirs welcome new members who share a love of singing. Musical skills are polished in rehearsal. Click here for more information.
Music Staff (Meet our staff)
Director of Music
Director, Joyful Noise (Youth Choir Director)
Director, Salt of the Earth (Children’s Choir Director)
Please click here to listen to some musical selections recorded by our choir.