Quality music is a vital part of every worship service because God is the audience and God deserves our very best! At Eastminster, our music is wide-ranging in style. In addition to singing traditional and contemporary hymns each week, our Adult or Handbell Choir offers an anthem that enhances the season of the year or the theme of the worship service. Jadrian Tarver leads our adult and children’s choir while Heather Myer directs the handbell choir.
Tamar Mikeladze provides beautiful sacred or classical music during the Prelude, Offertory and Postlude. Guest vocalists or instrumentalists are frequent additions especially at Christmas and Easter and during the summer.
In December, 1995, the firm of Lynn Dobson (Lake City, IA) installed a two-manual tracker pipe organ in the sanctuary. The organ is a regular part of our musical expressions in worship. You can read more about the organ here.
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The Adult Choir, directed by Jadrian Tarver, sings a variety of traditional and ethnic music, and a variety of old and new favorites. The choir sings from September to June three Sundays a month. They practice Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
New members are always welcome to join the choir. All you need is a love of singing!
Our new choir director writes:
“Psalm 95:1 – Come let us sing for joy unto the Lord. Let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation.
To Eastminster Presbyterian Church,
I greet you all with great joy and overflowing anticipation to be your newest Director of Music. I’m convinced that God does all things well; especially as I consider this season of transition. It is not lost on me to thank you all for your kindness, openness, and enthusiasm as I navigated the interview and audition processes for this position. What a joy it is to know that God has ordained this new journey; a journey welcomed with love and hope from God’s people at Eastminster Presbyterian Church.
My journey from Atlanta, GA takes me to beautiful Lansing, Michigan as a doctoral student in vocal performance at the Michigan State University. I thank God for the years of service I was able to render as interim music director at Atlanta First United Methodist Church, and for all the lessons of faith and endurance that led me to this new time and place. I’m confident that our time together will yield sincere, effective worship to God and encouraging engagement for the thriving Eastminster community through the power of music.
I do hope that my excitement to lead in this endeavor and capacity is met with your prayer and support. We’re doing a great work together, and, together, we will sing, play, clap, and worship our way to a glorious future!
The Eastminster Hand Bell Choir is a group of adult ringers which meets for weekly rehearsals on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Green Room. The group, directed by our Heather Myer, provides music for a 10 AM worship service every several weeks.
The Hand Bell Choir rings on Eastminster’s four-octave set of Schulmerich handbells.
Have you wanted to get back into playing handbells, or perhaps you are wanting to learn, but maybe don’t have the time to commit to a whole year? Well you’re in luck!
The Handbell Choir has set up a Ringing Six-Week Series
In 4 easy steps you can be making a joyful noise!
1) Check your calendars
2) Select any or all of the fall Ringing Series
3) Notify Heather Myer of your interest
4) Come to rehearsals and start ringing!
It’s 2019 and there are new series of bell practice that you can join if you wish to perform with them.
The first series is closed as they will be performing on March 17.
The second series opens on Thursday, March 21. That choir will perform on Easter Sunday, April 21.
The third and final spring series opens on Thursday, April 25. That choir will perform on June 2.
Do your children like to sing? Choir Director Jadrian Tarver will be leading our children in making a joyful noise unto the Lord. Children from the nursery will join the children’s class during MORE after each Sunday service. They’ll sing together for the first 10 to 15 minutes and then break back up to their classes.