The Shades Crest Music Ministry is a dynamic, vibrant place to develop and share your musical gifts to impact God’s Kingdom.

Music Groups

Choirs and ensembles for every age rehearse weekly. There is a place for you to give expression to your musical gifts to the glory of God.

Preschool/Children’s Choirs

More than 100 children (Two year old department through Grade 6) participate each year in our Wednesday evening choir program. Additionally, grade school children may participate in Handbells  or Handchime groups. Why should children participate? Because he or she will sing/ring praises to God and learn musical concepts with fun, engaging games and activities which have been specifically tailored for their age group. Contact Cathy Bearden at 823-2454.

Youth Choir

Youth Choir meets Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM in the Music Hall; students will be guided to develop musically, and as they do so, they will learn spiritual and life lessons. All students in this age group (Grades 7-12) are invited, regardless of their previous music experience. Contact Hiram Rollo at 822-1360.

Sanctuary Choir and Vocal Ensembles

Adults (College age and above) are invited to join the Sanctuary Choir, which rehearses each Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Music Hall. Members also have frequent opportunities to participate in ensemble presentations. Contact Hiram Rollo at 822-1360.

Mountainaires Choir

This is a choir for adults who are at least 50 years old.  No younguns allowed!!!  The music is carefully selected: it will speak to your heart and is also musically satisfying.  This group meets on Thursday mornings from 10:30 – 11:15 and makes frequent music ministry trips to area nursing/assisted living homes. And, it includes some great lunch and fellowship opportunities! Contact Gail Scruggs at 822-5236 or Mark Johnson at 822-1360.

Sanctuary Orchestra

Sanctuary Orchestra meets bright and early on Sunday mornings at 8:15 AM! Set your Sunday clock early, and honor God by sharing your musical gifts. This group leads in Sunday morning worship by accompanying congregational singing and presenting preludes, meditations, and offertories. All experienced instrumentalists are invited to audition. Contact Hiram Rollo at 822-1360.

Sanctuary Handbell Choir

Sanctuary Handbell Choir has a 5:30-6:45 PM Sunday afternoon rehearsal schedule. Music-reading college students and adults are invited to participate. This is a musically challenging, team-building, worship enhancing, totally unique way of making music, and… it is a LOT OF FUN! Contact Marilyn Crotty at 822-1360.

For preschoolers and children, age 2 through grade 6 (during the school year)

Children’s Chime Ensemble Wednesdays 4:45-5:30 p.m.
Children’s Handbell Choir Wednesdays 4:45-5:30 p.m.
Children’s Music Ministry Wednesdays 5:55-6:35 p.m.

For students, grades 7-12 (during the school year)

Youth Choir Sundays 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Sanctuary Orchestra (with audition) Sundays 8:15-8:50 a.m.

For College Students and Adults (Handbells and Mountainaires follow the school year schedule)

Sanctuary Choir Wednesdays 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Sanctuary Orchestra Sundays 8:15-8:50 a.m.
Sanctuary Handbells Sundays 5:30-6:45 p.m.
The Mountainaires Senior Adult Choir Thursdays 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Special Events

The music ministry presents special programs throughout the year. Some are centered around the Christian Year, especially during the Advent/Christmas and Lenten/Easter Seasons. Occasionally, we collaborate with other ministries in missional events, such as fund-raising concerts for the Christian Women’s Job Core, or music advocacy events like GlobeBeat Music Camp performance or the Sanctuary Orchestra’s Noisy Kids Holiday Concert.

Music Ministry Leadership Team

Hiram Rollo,Worship and Music Leader, Director of Sanctuary Choir, Youth Choir, and Orchestra

Cathy Bearden, Children’s Choir Coordinator

Sheila Bridges, Children’s Handbell Choir Director

Sara Bryan, Organist

Marilyn Crotty, Pianist, Sanctuary Handbell Choir Director, Music Ministry Assistant

Gail Scruggs, Mountainaires Senior Adult Choir Director, Women’s Ensemble Director