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Music is an important part of the life and worship at OUC. Music for adults, music for children, music for all of us! Our worship is musical, and functions to proclaim and support the Scriptures. We raise our voices in congregational song to praise God, to pray, to proclaim God's word and to tell the story of God's people. Anthems and hymns are carefully selected by the Ministers to support the scriptures and theme for each Sunday of the church year, ensuring a cohesive and inspiring Christian experience.
The choir explores and sings a broad range of music in many styles, unison and harmony. Any Sunday may include Gregorian Chant or Spirituals, Baroque or Taizé, Renaissance or contemporary music. The choir is spiritually and musically centered. Rehearsal are energetic and fast paced, covering weekly hymns, responses, and 6-10 anthems at each practice. Vocal technique is discussed and applied to the music. During Advent and Lent the choir sometimes has extra mini-rehearsals after church. Although the Bell Choir also meets seasonally on Sunday after the coffee hour, from 11:15am to 12:15 in the Library of the Lower Hall.
If you have the desire and ability to sing at your best in the ‘Courts of the Lord’, there is a home for you as a chorister or bell-ringer at Oakridge United Church. Please contact the Director at 604-267-2930
SENIOR CHOIR - COMMITMENT
Thursday evening rehearsals 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday morning rehearsal 9:00 – 9:20 a.m.
Sunday morning service 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
The Choir sings Sundays, September to June, and also participates in special services, such as Lessons & Carols on Christmas Eve and Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
HANDBELL CHOIR – COMMITMENT
Oakridge United Church has a 3-octave set of bronze metal bells made by Mallmark Bells. The bells and equipment, including carrying cases, music stands, tables and table covers, gloves, polish, mallets, were acquired by memorial funds honouring many past members of Oakridge United Church. The bell choir consists of between 7-11 people and rehearses in the weeks preceding Easter and Christmas. We develop new musical skills as well as enjoy a time of comradeship and friendship.
The bells are used at each Sunday worship during the Passing of the Peace and at the Prayers of the People.
Music Director Madelene Klassen
Music Director Madelene Klassen, holds a B.A. in Music from Western Washington University, an A.R.C.M. diploma in Organ Pedagogy from the Royal College of Music in London, England, and M.Mus. in organ and theory from the University of Michigan. Ms Klassen taught organ and church music at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit Michigan, and harpsichord and organ at Western Washington University. Throughout her career she has been actively involved in church music as choral conductor, organist, youth band director, ensemble coaching and pianist. Madelene is the organist, choir and bell choir director at Oakridge United Church, and plays regularly in Vancouver RCCO group recitals and United Church events.
From the age of four years, Madelene had the desire to be a church musician, and now brings to Oakridge United Church a wealth of experience in choral and bell choir music, hymn leadership and worship planning. Services at Oakridge usually employ hand bells, organ and piano at each service. The Choir sings an Introit, an Anthem, and leads Responses and the Responsorial Psalm.