TRADITIONAL CHOIR - Generally performs traditional and sometimes contemporary choral pieces during the Traditional Church Service each Sunday. All vocalists are welcome to perform with the Choir no matter what voice range whether it be soprano, alto, tenor, or bass! The Choir is directed by Kathy Frost.
CONTEMPORARY BAND - The Big House Band performs contemporary music during the Contemporary Church Service every Sunday. In the summer, this ensemble performs a blend of contemporary pieces in addition to traditional hymns in a contemporary styling. There are musical opportunities in this ensemble for vocalists (all voice ranges) in addition to instrumentalists who perform on piano, bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and drums. There are also opportunities for horns to be a part of this ensemble. The Big House Band is directed by Christopher Hanson.
SOLOISTS - Special music can be plugged in at either service. We welcome soloists who would like to perform! Vocalists as well as instrumentalists are welcome to inquire about the opportunity to serve as a soloist, especially during holiday services!
CHILDREN'S CHOIR - Choir open to ages 3-9
YOUTH CHOIR - Choir open to ages 10-18
HANDBELLS - Handbell choir for all ages
INSTRUMENTAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLES - Small or large instrumental chamber ensembles based on interest and instrumentation
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, BIG HOUSE BAND DIRECTOR
Christopher Hanson has served as the Director of Contemporary Music since 2011 and has served as a full-time staff member as the Director of Music beginning in 2015. His responsibilities include overseeing all current musical activities at the church in addition to planning for and implementing new music programs for adults and youth alike. Watch for new musical opportunities to be announced as we head into the fall season in September.
Outside of the church, Christopher is a sought-after freelance musician and educator in the Fargo-Moorhead area. He performs professionally as a trombonist, bassist, pianist, and vocalist.
Christopher recently retired after a 22 year career as a member of the United States Army and the Army National Guard.
Kathy Frost has both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in music education from Minnesota State University- Moorhead. She began playing 2nd Oboe and English horn in the FM Symphony while still in high school. 22 years later she secured the Principal Oboe position with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra and has been playing with them for the past 10 years.
Kathy has worked at Eckroth music for 25 years and has directed the Sanctuary Choir at Faith Methodist for nearly 30 years. Her husband works at Walmart and spends his Christmas' being Santa. Their daughter Anna is married to Miguel Adrover, They are living in south Fargo and she is studying to be an Elementary teacher. Their son, Johnathan, is currently a professional over-the-road driver with Magnum.
Do you love to sing? Do you enjoy playing an instrument, or even multiple instruments? Does music drive you and provide you what you need to get through the day?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, we would love to have you as a part of our musical ministry!
Music serves as an incredibly important part of the successful communication of the lessons and teachings here at Faith United Methodist Church. Music serves as a tool to help us understand more clearly what we are striving to learn. Music serves as a means of energy and excitement that prepare our minds and hearts to receive and understand the lessons and messages. And music serves as a way for us to communicate our emotions which result from those lessons and messages. It is a chance for all of us as a church to join together as one strong voice to sing our praises!
We're looking for any and all musicians who are looking for an opportunity to participate in our music ministry. We're looking for folks who enjoy traditional hymns, modern contemporary music, or both! We're looking for instrumentalists no matter what instrument they play! We're looking for people all ages, from youth to teenage to adult!
Help us develop and implement various musical ensembles and projects here at Faith United Methodist! As we grow stronger and larger, we want to increase our musical umbrella as much as possible.
Contact Christopher Hanson at (701) 232-6844 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in music at Faith United Methodist Church and we'll get you locked into a musical group right away!