First UMC of Lake Wales
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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Music Ministry

Welcome to the Music Ministry page of the First United Methodist Church of Lake Wales.  Here you will find information on our Adult Chancel Choir, Cantata dates, Hand Bell Choir and Men/Women's Choirs.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Chancel Choir, we would love to have you.  Please feel free to contact the church office if you require any additional information. 


Above: Chancel Choir w/Orchestra - Cantata, 2015


Brian Chance - Music Director/Conductor

Caroline Reddick - Organist/Accompanist

About the Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir is the main service choir that sings during the Worship Services throughout the year.  Its members are comprised of year round people as well as folks who call the Lake Wales area home during the Winter months. The Choir is in session 11 months of the year with a break in July. Annually, the choir performs a Cantata during Advent which includes a live Orchestra.  On occasion, members of the Chancel Choir perform solos, duets and quartets.  We consider ourselves blessed to be serving our Lord and Savior through the gift of music and are honored to be singing in His Earthly Choir. 
About the Director
Brian Chance studied music at Western Carolina University in North Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education in 1990.  While in college, he studied trumpet performance playing with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and was a participant in the Cullowhee Music Festival.  During Christmas and Easter, he performed numerous times at Lake Junaluska in Waynesville on such pieces as Handel's "Messiah" and J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio.  A highlight of his tenure in college was performing inside the historic Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. 
Born and raised in Brevard County, FL, he returned to Florida and began his teaching career at Frostproof Middle/Senior High School as Director of Bands from 1991 to 1998.  In 1998, he became the Director of Bands at McLaughlin Middle School in Lake Wales.  In 2002, the Lord called him to serve as the Music Director of the FUMC of Lake Wales.
First rehearsal for the "Fall" season is Wednesday, August 8th
I'd like to keep rehearsals at an hour an half - 6:30 to 8:00


12:     Great Is The Lord

19:     Sanctuary

26:     Set Down Servant


2:       With This Communion, We Thank You

9:       Ready to Sing (TBA)

16:     Ready to Sing (TBA)

23:     He's As Close As the Mention of His Name

30:     Simple Praise


7:       Bread of the World (World Communion)

14:     Lord, Here Am I

21:     Softly and Tenderly

28:     All the Way My Savior Leads Me (New)


4:       Bread of Life

11:     On Eagle's Wings (New)

18:     Anthem for Thanksgiving

25:     TBA



9:       Cantata Piece

16:     Cantata Piece

23:     Cantata Piece



Rejoice in His Coming!


Dates and Times:

September 5th:  First Rehearsal

November 17th:  Rehearsal/Luncheon

November 29th:  Dress Rehearsal

December 2nd:  Cantata Sunday



Click the link below for more information about the Music Ministry at First United Methodist Church of Lake Wales.
"Passionate Worship, whether traditional or contemporary, means an extraordinary eargerness to offer the best in worship, honoring God with excellence and with an unusual clarity about the purpose of connecting people to God."  Cultivating Fruitfulness, Robert Schnase
"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being." 
Psalm 104:33

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