Comprised of vocal, handbell, and instrumental ensembles, the music ministry is a comprehensive program of eight ensembles that offers opportunities for service, musical education, and spiritual enrichment to people all ages. Its primary purpose is to enrich the worship of God. It also serves an important role in Christian formation to those involved and outreach to the surrounding community.
Members of the choirs receive a quality musical education, and lead worship for Sunday services from September through May. They also lead the music in special worship services and other events during the year. Concerts and other performances are offered to the public as a part of our Reid Arts series. Various instrumental soloists and ensembles are utilized throughout the year. The music ministry at Reid Memorial involves more than one hundred people, ages four to adult.
Children’s Choir : Grades 1 - 5
This choir rehearses on Wednesdays 5:30pm on Sunday Evenings in the Choir Room of the Music Suite. The children learn the fundamentals of music, singing technique, and the importance of music in worship. In addition to singing periodically for morning worship, the children present one or two musical productions each year. Last year’s Table for Five . . . Thousand! was especially well received by the congregation.
Young Women’s Ensemble : Young Women Grades 9-12
This group leads our congregation in worship through scripture-based worship songs at the opening of Sunday morning worship. Rehearsals TBA
Reid Steel (Steel Drum Band): Grades 9-12
Young people can have a taste of the Caribbean in our very own steel drum band. Reid Memorial is proud to own a set of imported steel pans from Trinidad: C-lead, two Double Seconds, and Cello. Prior musical training is helpful, but not necessary. Rehearsals take place in the Choir Room of the Music Suite on Sundays immediately following worship.
Instrumentalists : Open to all musicians at Reid Memorial
RCMP is fortunate to have members of all ages who play various woodwind, brass, percussion and string instruments. Instrumental music greatly enriches our worship, and offers many who may be shy about singing an avenue for musical expression. Ensembles meet as the need arises, and play for special worship services during Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.
Open to adults with a strong desire to sing and who can commit to regular rehearsals. The Chancel Choir is the flagship ensemble of Reid Memorial, and sings for the weekly 10:30 a.m. worship service and in concerts from time to time. The repertoire is ambitious, and a weekly rehearsal commitment is asked. Some of the major works sung by the choir include Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s Gloria and Te Deum, Holst’s Christmas Day, and Poulenc's Gloria. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays, 7:15-9 p.m. and are held in the Choir Room of the Music Suite.
The Masters Ringers : Open to adults
Reid Memorial is privileged to own two sets of Schulmerich handbells (three- and five-octave), and a five-octave set of handchimes. The Master's Ringers is an experienced choir of advanced ringers who play moderately difficult music. Rehearsals take place on Sunday evenings 6:15-7:30 p.m., and are held in the Handbell Room of the Music Suite. The trip to the Handbell Weekend at Lutheridge is a yearly treat.