The music program is an integral part of Westminster. Its primary purpose is to enhance the worship experience through inspiring and artistic expression of service and praise to God. Examples of our ministries include:
Our five singing choirs and two handbell choirs. Anyone who wishes to learn, to grow, and to serve can find a place in the music program here.
MADD Days at Westminster, a Christian music, art, dance, and drama day camp for children and youth from the Miami Valley and beyond.
Meditative Taizé Services of songs and prayers in candlelight.
Special events such as noonday concerts, choral vespers, recitals, etc.
About Our Organ
The Casavant Organ (opus 2670), dedicated in January 1963, was custom designed and built to meet the acoustical and musical requirements of Westminster Church. The organ is really two organs: a Chancel Organ located at the front of the Sanctuary, and a Gallery-Celestial Organ located in the balcony. Each has its own console. Together these organs have over 7,000 pipes arranged in 122 ranks. Every pipe, including those visible from the pews, is a speaking pipe.
Numerous additions and upgrades have taken place over the history of the organ. Lawrence Stofer is responsible for extensive renovations including new pipework and revoicing. During the summer of 2002, a new console was custom built and installed with state-of-the-art technology by the Walker Technical Company of Zionsville, Pennsylvania. In 2007, a Celestial Division, given in memory of Beatrice Jackson, organist at Clough United Methodist Church in Cincinnati for 65 years, was a gift of her brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Sue Merz. In February 2010, a memorial gift from the family and friends of John Bindeman was given for the installation of a Carillon in the Sanctuary. John (Jack) Bindeman was a longtime, dedicated member of the Westminster Choir. With additional gifts given in memory of numerous individuals, the Carillon was configured to sound outdoors through an opening high in the northeast corner of the building. Currently the organ is undergoing restoration by Hunt-Krewson Pipe Organ Services of Dayton.
Singing is not advised at this time. However, we want to continue to provide a musical experience. Bell ringing can be done safely. With that in mind, an expanded handbell choir program has been organized.
Note reading and instrumental experience is not necessary for children and youth bell choirs. Extensive safety guidelines for ringing will observed.
Westminster Ringers (Adults)
Thursdays, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.
Knox Ringers (Grades 7-12)
Brent Manley, Director Sundays, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Te Deum Ringers (Grades 6-8)
Marcia Wood, Director Sundays, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Children's Bell Choir (Grades 3-5)
John Neely, Director Sundays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.