Salem Creative Arts

Creative Arts Update: Summer

It’s been a great 2023-2024 Creative Arts season worshiping God together.

Starting in June, weekly summer Worship Music Multiverse rehearsals will be on Wednesdays at 6:00pm to work on Gifts of Music for worship.  This will include instrumental and vocal ensembles and soloists.  Just show up on Wednesdays, or  

Got something you want to share as a Gift of Music in worship, but can’t come on Wednesday at 6:00pm?   No problem!  If that time doesn’t work, I am also available after our worship services, or I can meet with you at a time we arrange together.  See you soon!

Peace & Adventure in Christ,

Michael Carlson
Coordinator of Music Ministry


Salem Vocal Choirs gather  to teach the faith in song and celebrate God's love and grace in worship.  Please consider exploring the gift of music God has given you.  Children meet weekly to sing at the beginning of Sunday School.

Contact Michael Carlson at to get involved in any of the ensembles that interest you.  Everyone is welcome and there is a place for you in one of the many music and creative arts ensembles.


Sunday School Singers and Gifts of Music


We open each Sunday School with some singing before breaking out into age groups for the lesson. And when the kids find a song that they love, we will invite them to present it in worship. All the kids can sing! And the whole congregation will see and hear what they are learning.  For seasonal programs like the Children’s Christmas Program, kids learn more songs and some have special roles to play. 

Also, kids share Gifts of Music on the instruments they are learning in school and private lessons. This congregation supports young musicians!

Kids can work on their Gifts of music during the weekly Worship "Music Multiverse" Hour, after services, or at a time arranged with the music director. 

adult choir performing

Your voice belongs here.

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The Celebration Voices choir welcomes those 6th grade and older. All ability levels are welcome. No auditions or long term commitment required.

There are two rehearsal sessions for Celebration Voices:

6:00 pm Celebration Voices - AnthemicRehearsing traditional and contemporary choral anthems using printed scores. We have a great library of music to draw from, thanks be to God for so many gifts over the years.

7:00 pm Celebration Voices - Harmonic. Rehearsing vocal music by ear without printed music. These could be well-known songs, short choruses, or more contemplative Taizé style songs.

You may come to one session or both. Contact Michael Carlson at about your interest. Hope to see you soon!

Puppet Praise

The Puppet Praise Team meets on Thursday at 6pm in the choir room.

Salem Puppet Praise Team brings smiles as adorable people, animal, and creature puppets come to life to share faith stories and songs for worship services and outreach programs.  Let your inner child shine through!  Salem Puppets share in worship about once a month and prepare longer programs of faith or history for care centers, community venues, or other churches.

Have you ever watched Puppet Praise and wondered if you could do that? If you are a 5th grader or older (adults, too), you can!  Experienced puppeteers are ready to hep you learn how to work the puppets and have fun on this amazing team.

Contact Michael Carlson at for more information. 


Sounds of Grace Handbell Choir

Sounds of Grace Bells is for middle school and older, youth and adults who enjoy the teamwork of a handbell choir and the blessing of songs of faith. Each ringer plays 2 to 4 bells and learns to ring them with various techniques  The ability to read music is preferred; or we can help you learn. Ringers work with a 3-octave set of Malmark handbells and play for worship once or twice a month and for Festival services. Rehearsals are from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Thursdays in the sanctuary balcony.

Please contact Michael Carlson, if you have questions or wish to participate.

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Sharing Gifts of Music

The Worship "Music Multiverse" hour on Wednesdays is available every week for any and all adults, youth and children who would like to work on something to share in worship


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Singing & Ringing Memorials

Financial support for Salem Creative Arts is always welcome and appreciated. Choral or handbell anthems, musicals, or cantatas may be sponsored in honor or in memory of someone.

The generosity of Salem congregation and friends has enabled Salem Creative Arts to build a good choral library with a wide variety of traditional, historic, and contemporary hymn and song arrangements for worship.

Gifts to Salem Puppet Praise Ministry in any amount are also welcomed to purchase puppets or equipment. Our puppet inventory has grown to about 75 puppets from small bugs to full-sized people and animal puppets through special gifts and memorials.

We are grateful for all involved and extend a warm welcome to others interested.

Michael Carlson

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We are grateful for all involved and extend a warm welcome to others interested.

Michael Carlson

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