Music Program


Music is an integral part of our church's life and mission. Salem feels blessed by God through the ministries of its several choirs.

The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Emily Worzalla, helps lead worship at least three Sundays each month. In addition to a large and growing repertoire of anthems classical and contemporary, the Chancel Choir has sung longer pieces in worship services highlighting works such as Schubert's Mass in G and Requiems by Reuter and others.

The Barry Robinson Chorus, also under the direction of Emily Worzalla, and accompanied by Julie Sundby. This mens group was created by Barry Robinson a gifted musician, devout Christian, and beloved member of our congregation. Originally dubbed the Back Row Chorus was renamed in honor of Barry. This sightly immature group of men sing in worship at least once each month. Rehearsals for this group are every Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings and (sometimes they actually find time to sing).

The Handbell Choir, helps lead worship on the third Sunday of each month. Ringing 2 to 4 Octaves, using a variety of Handbell techniques, it's always a joy to hear these talented individuals sharing their gifts. If you are interested in playing Handbell, we welcome all music levels! The only requirement is to be able to count to 3 or 4 and follow 2 to 3 notes on a sheet of music.

The Children's Choir, under the direction of Colleen Bass and Krista Nechvatal rehearses as part of the Sunday School hour and sings in worship on the first Sunday of each month. The kids not only sing with passion but often have choreographed, clapping, stomping, swaying and alike to enhance the joy of the music.

Salem's Annual Music Sunday, when all our choirs lead in worship, is a highlight of our program year and generally takes place in the spring. There have been other special performances over the years. Watch our calendar for notification of these events.

The church's Music Director is Dawn Lingard, and she also serves as the pianist/organist who plays for most of our worship services. If you are interested in any of the musical groups please contact any of the directors