Music

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Westminster Music
A spectrum of music from traditional to contemporary

Welcome to the Westminster music community! Whatever your taste or experience, you are invited to participate in the exciting music programs here at historic Westminster. We welcome everyone, from professional to amateur, from young to old, from new to experienced.

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The Praise Band

The Praise Band is open to all members and friends. The band leads the congregation’s 9 am Contemporary Worship Service in our social hall and in summers our outdoor courtyard. Members sing and perform contemporary, jazz and folk-based Christian music, on instruments both acoustic and electric,

The Praise Band focuses on music that sounds like a part of everyday life, speaking the message that God is indeed found in the every day, the ordinary. The group rehearses Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and at 8 am Sundays before worship.

Questions? CLICK HERE to contact choir director Lee Hoffman.

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11:00am Traditional Service in the Sanctuary

The Chancel Choir sings a variety of traditional and modern anthems, and leads the congregation in singing hymns and spiritual songs, illuminating the focus of each 11:00 a.m. worship service.  You are welcome to join the choir simply by attending a rehearsal on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Westminster Ringers

Westminster Ringers hand-bell choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Patio Room.

Westminster Ringers provides beautiful music for the Sunday worship services. Our instruments include a five-octave set of Whitechapel hand-bells, and a three-octave set of hand chimes.  Hand-bell ringing is has grown in popularity worldwide.

Information about Whitechapel handbells can be found at the Whitechapel Foundry website. General information about handbells can be found at the Handbell Musicians of America website.

 

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A Rich Music Tradition

For 150 years, Westminster has distinguished itself with high-quality music, musicians, and musical instruments. When many churches had only a piano or reed organ, Westminster’s first church building (completed in about 1866 and located at 6th & L Streets in downtown Sacramento) had a small, hand-pumped pipe organ.

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Our Music Tradition

For 150 years, Westminster has distinguished itself with high-quality music, musicians, and musical instruments. When many churches had only a piano or reed organ, Westminster’s first church building (completed in about 1866 and located at 6th & L Streets in downtown Sacramento) had a small, hand-pumped pipe organ.

The second home of Westminster Presbyterian Church (completed in about 1904 and located at 13th & K Streets) had a larger pipe organ with impressive façade pipes.

The current home of Westminster (completed in 1927 and located at 13th & N Streets across from Capitol Park) was originally equipped with a 28-rank Reuter pipe organ.  In 1979 a new console was installed, and in 1983 a major expansion was completed by the M. P. Möller Organ Company to include a total of five divisions: great, swell, choir, positiv, echo.  More recent additions include: 8′ state trumpet, 32′ contra bourdon, 32′ contra bombarde, new swell reeds, and a new pipework in the echo organ division.  This majestic and mighty pipe organ now has 55 ranks of pipes with more than 3000 total pipes from the size of a pencil to more than 16 feet in height.

As Westminster enters it’s 150th year, exciting plans are evolving to continue our tradition of musical excellence and service to the greater Sacramento community. (See photos of our recently installed 26″ church bell.) You are invited to celebrate the joy with us!

For more information, contact Brad Slocum.

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Interior of 13th & K church building (1904-1927) showing pipe organ

This Kimball pipe organ was moved to the First Presbyterian Church in Ukiah, California, in 1929.  In the 1960’s it was moved to the new sanctuary.  Here’s something we found on the Internet:

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 1998

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