Music

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Westminster Music
A spectrum of music from traditional to contemporary

Welcome to the Westminster music community! You are invited to participate in the inspiring music programs at historic Westminster. We welcome everyone from amateur to professional.

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Praise Band

The Praise Band is open to all members and friends. The band leads the congregation’s 9 a.m. 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. Praise Band rehearses every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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Chancel Choir

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 a.m. worship service. The choir also participates in special services throughout the year.

The Chancel Choir is mainly looking for tenors (female or male) and basses, but anyone interested in joining is welcome! No previous choir experience or music-reading ability required, but must be able to sing in tune. Chancel Choir rehearses every Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m.

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Westminster Ringers

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

We are always looking for new members, especially those who read music — no handbell experience required! Rehearsals are every Thursday from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m., with performances typically once a month throughout the year (not during Summer).

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A Rich Music Tradition

For more than 150 years, Westminster has distinguished itself with excellent music. 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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Moller Grand Pipe Organ

Installed in one of the finest acoustics in Sacramento, the grand sanctuary pipe organ enhances a wide range of moods to worship services, weddings, memorials. The Moller also serves as a concert instrument for Music At Noon and community events. 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. 

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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.