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 three 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.
Annual Memorial Organ Recital
Todd Wilson is head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music, Director of Music at Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral, and House Organist for the Stan Hywet Home and Gardens, Akron, Ohio.
Members and friends of Westminster will once again be given the opportunity to memorialize a loved one by contributing to the Memorial Organ Recital Fund. Those wishing to contribute to the Memorial Recital Fund are asked to use the form linked below.
Westminster Choir (Adults)
Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Choir Room
John Neely, Director
Knox Choir (Grades 7-12)
Sundays, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Choir Room
John Neely, Director
Supper and Youth Fellowships follow.
Calvin Choir (Grades 3-6)
Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Choir Room
John Neely, Director
Cherub Choir (Grades K-2)
Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Theater
Rachael Boezi, Director
Genesis Singers (Pre-K, ages 4 and 5)
Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Room 104
Holly Martin, Director
Knox Ringers (Grades 7-12)
Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Room 203
Brent Manley, Director
Westminster Ringers (Adults)
Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Room 203
Brent Manley, Director
ORGAN RECITAL BY TODD WILSON
Sunday, October 9, 4:00 p.m.
The Annual Memorial Organ Recital Todd Wilson is head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music, Director of Music at Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral, and House Organist for the Stan Hywet Home and Gardens, Akron, Ohio. The recital is open to the public without charge.
NOONDAY ORGAN RECITALS
Four Thursdays in October, 12:10-12:35 p.m.
October 6 – Danielle Guilbault
October 13 – John Sherer
October 20 – Terry Donat
October 27 – Rachel Lammi
Lunch follows each recital.
Sunday, November 20, 4:00 p.m.
Utrecht Te Deum—George Frideric Handel Westminster Choir with Organ Handbell Music by the Westminster Ringers Freewill Offering
5:15 p.m. – Harvest Dinner*
DAYTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS CONCERT
Saturday, December 3, 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Kathy Clark, Artistic Director Members of The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus are committed to living their mission by challenging themselves to continually reach for excellence in choral music. Offering a broad repertoire in a variety of visible and accessible venues, they forge community partnerships and educate the community at large about the value of diversity. For ticket information visit www.daytongaymenschorus.org.
ADVENT DINNER, CHORAL PROGRAM
Sunday, December 4
5:00 p.m. – Potluck Dinner
5:45 p.m. – Informal Choral Program Genesis Singers, Cherub, Calvin, and Knox Choirs
SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
Sunday, December 11, 10:00 a.m.
All choirs participating.
NOONDAY CAROL SING
Friday, December 16
12:00 Noon – Handbell Music Westminster Ringers
12:10-12:40 p.m. – Carol singing by all and choral music by the Xenia High School choir, Travis Matson, Director Lunch follows
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Saturday, December 24
4:00 p.m. – Christmas in the Stable Family Oriented Service Genesis Singers, Cherub, and Calvin Choirs 9:20 p.m. – Prelude
10:00 p.m. – Christmas in the Cathedral Traditional Candlelight Service Westminster Choir, Knox Ringers
PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE SUNDAY
Sunday, January 22, 10:00 a.m.
With the Miami Valley Pipes and Drums
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 9
Identical Services – 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Westminster Choir, Oakwood Brass with percussion
MAY FESTIVAL OF RELIGIOUS ARTS “Stories and Songs of Light and Life”
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 19, 20 and 21
Saturday, May 20, 1:30 – 4:00 Open rehearsal – Choir and Orchestra See and hear how the musicians prepare for the Festival Concert.
Sunday, May 21 10:00 a.m. – Worship 11:30 a.m. - Intergenerational Drama by Friends of the Groom
4:30 p.m. - Concert Preview
5:30 - Supper under the tent*
7:00 p.m. - Festival Concert Jeremy Winston, Guest Tenor Soloist Jeremy Winston is founder and conductor of the Jeremy Winston Chorale and Director of Worship and the Arts for the Kettering Adventist Church. Gloria (Twelfth Mass) - Mozart Sanctus (St. Cecilia Mass) - Gounod Panis Angelicus - Franck Preludio Sinfonico - Puccini Gaelic Blessing - Rutter Kyrie and Gloria from Messa di Gloria - Puccini Westminster Festival Choir with orchestra Additional events to be announced.
KNOX CHOIR SEND-OFF CONCERT
Sunday June 11, 11:30 a.m.
A farewell concert as the Knox Choir (grades 7-12) prepares to leave for a ten-day concert tour of the northeast.
Friday, June 16, 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 12:00 noon
Brian Sharp, Director A Musical Revue
MADD DAYS AT WESTMINSTER
July 24-28, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
July 24-28, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Music, Art, Dance, Drama Day Camp Grades 3-8 (as of fall 2023) Choir, Handbells, Orff Instruments, Dance, Drama Cost: $80 For more information contact Brent Manley (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
TAIZÉ SERVICES AND LIGHT SUPPERS
See Taizé page for more information
Fall 2022 - Wednesdays October 5, 12, 19, 26
Ash Wednesday February 22
Lent 2023 - Wednesdays March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Click here to visit our Taizé page
Fridays 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m.
*Reservations necessary Contact Church Office (937-223-7285) For organ recitals, the organ console will be visible by way of a large-screen projection system. Please check Westminster’s website for updates and additional information regarding the music calendar.
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.