The highlight of the Chancel Choir’s year is the annual Christmas Concert during the season of Advent. The theme for this year’s concert, “Are We There Yet—In the Fullness of Time,” explores how God is leading his people on a journey with the Advent theme of expecting Christ to be born and expecting Christ’s second coming.
The Chancel Choir of 30 voices will be joined by the Handbells Choir, the Children’s Choir, an orchestra, a narrator, and the organ. The concert is on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $10 which helps to cover the cost of the concert. To obtain tickets, please visit Central’s website or call the church office.
Except for a break in the summer, the Chancel Choir is an integral part of leading worship in the traditional service on Sunday mornings. Directed by Mel Wilhoit, the choir is accompanied by a Casavant pipe organ or Steinway grand piano, played by Traditional Worship Director and Organist Robin Risser Mundey.
“The choir sees its role in worship as providing music that emphasizes the theme of the worship service and encourages the congregation in its singing.”
Mel said, “The choir sees its role in worship as providing music that emphasizes the theme of the worship service and encourages the congregation in its singing.”
The choir practices faithfully each Thursday and Sunday to prepare for leading worship and the Christmas Concert. The choir welcomes singers from high school to senior adults to participate.
The choir reaches out to Towson University by offering student intern opportunities. “We love having the interns,” Mel said. “They are enthusiastic and energize us. It also allows them to explore their faith and find a supportive community. We’re blessed that several of our interns have continued to be a part of the choir even after their internships are over.”
Central’s music program often includes instrumentalists from the congregation. “There are many talented musicians in our congregation, and we are blessed when they participate in worship by using their musical gifts,” said Robin.
Mel and Robin said they are particularly grateful for the congregation’s strong music program support. “Our choir program is vibrant, and we are strongly supported by the people of Central, who appreciate all the hard work that goes into bringing beautiful music to worship.”