Salem Creative Arts

Hello Friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s Day. The snow has certainly been beautiful!

I would like to let you all know what Pastor Preston and I have discussed regarding planning for the next few months for the Celebration Singers, Puppet Praise and Children’s Choir. Although I had planned for a pause in January and to start rehearsals again in earnest in February, that will now be extended a month due to personal health challenges and needs of my extended family to which I need to attend in California. The highly contagious nature of the current strain of the virus, even to those who are vaccinated, has also played a part in this decision.

So, we will extend our evaluation and planning into February, and primarily do this through email, phone and possibly Zoom conversations at our regular rehearsal times. This may also include discussion and work to create some more space in our rehearsal and storage spaces. In March, we plan to once again start rehearsing ensemble anthems, scripts, and other creative worship presentations.

The next season for creative arts and ensembles will be focused on preparing expressions of praise and to God, as well as challenge and encouragement to the congregation during Lent, Holy Week and Easter.

We have built great momentum in our creative arts programming through the Christmas season and I look forward to building on that through the Spring.

Thank you all for your understanding, and your commitment to the creative arts at SLC.

Peace and adventure in Christ,

Michael Carlson

Salem Creative Arts/ Music Ministry offers a wide variety of worship support ensembles. Gifts of music and praise enrich and enhance services as people of all ages work together to share music as their gift to God, the congregation, and community.

Adult and Children's Vocal Choirs and Intergenerational Handbell and Puppet Teams participate in worship on a rotating basis and rehearse weekly.

Seasonal groups include Brass, Flute, Praise-style, or Vocal Ensembles and a Festival of Carols at Christmas. Salem Children's Choir shares an annual Spring Musical.   Individual gifts of music are most welcome as well.


Salem Vocal Choirs gather groups of children and adults 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 or your child.

Talk to Michael Carlson about how 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.


Salem Children's Choir


Children’s Choir is for 3rd grade old through 8th grade. who learn about Jesus's life and teach as they practice. Rehearsals are from 5:15 -6:15 p.m. in the choir room Wednesdays.

Due to CoVid, the children will not be singing this fall.  So what will the children be doing at rehearsal you may ask, to prepare to present in worship? That could include a number of things. Suggestions have been: doing ASL with music tracks, drawing and painting, choreography, speaking in other languages, and playing percussion instruments.

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Celebration Voices

The Celebration Voices choir for those high school ad older who enjoy singing songs of faith in harmony.  The rehearse Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the choir room September 15- May.  All ability levels are welcome. Sing for a month or two if you cannot commit to the whole season!

Due to CoVid, we are not singing as a whole ensemble at this time Smaller group are presenting music in the Saturday and Sunday worship services.  New singer of all abilities are always welcome.  Reading music is not required.  Contact Michael Carlson about your interest and he will find a place for your voice.

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Puppet Praise

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. Learn to be a puppeteer Tuesdays from 6:00 -7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room, September 14 - May, and let your inner child shine through! Youth and adults, grade 5 and up, make a great intergenerational team ministry. Salem Puppets share in worship about once a month and prepare longer programs of faith or history about three times a year for care centers, community venues, or other churches.
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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 as indicated in the score. The ability to read music is preferred; others can 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 Balcony.

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

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Festival of Carols or Cantatas at Salem

Adult and youth singers come together once or twice a year to prepare special Christmas or Lenten programs, extended works of narration, and songs. Instrumentalists or soloists are often featured in these worship presentations. Rehearsals are held on scheduled Sunday and Wednesday evenings prior to the presentation and all singers are welcome.

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Brass Ensembles

Easter and Christmas Brass Ensembles lend to the Festive atmosphere of these special services. Rehearsals are scheduled at the convenience of those participating. Please consider sharing your gift! Watch the Events pages for upcoming dates.

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Individual Gifts of Praise

Solos, ensembles, and instrumental musicians are all encouraged to enhance Salem worship. Please contact Michael Carlson, for scheduling and assistance in choosing music or accompanying.
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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.

Gifts are acknowledged in the bulletin the first time the music is shared and are cataloged as Singing or Ringing Memorials in a permanent file. Amounts of $25-$30 sponsors a handbell anthem, $40-$50 sponsors a choral anthem, and $400-$500 gift sponsors a musical or cantata. Several smaller gifts may also be combined to sponsor any of these categories.

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.

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

Michael Carlson

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