Salem Creative Arts
Salem Creative Arts and 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.
Intergenerational Choirs, Handbell and Puppet Teams participate in worship on a rotating basis and rehearse weekly.
Seasonal groups include Brass, Strings, Flute, Praise-style, or Vocal Ensembles and a Festival of Carols at Christmas. Individual gifts of music are most welcome as well.
I continue to feel blessed and honored to participate in music and creative arts programming with people of all ages at SLC. Everyone is welcome to try singing, ringing, puppeteering, and moving to praise God! No strings, no obligations. Find what brings you joy in the Creative Arts at SLC!
Peace and adventure in Christ,
Celebration Voices: A Brand New Year With More New Ways For God to Hear Our Voice of Praise
I am so excited to invite you to come and sing with us in February! We are trying something new in our rehearsals that I hope will help everyone feel comfortable giving it a try. As you may know, singing does present a greater risk to release germs in the air, but as long as you are vaccinated and boosted, you are welcome! And we do have a good air cleaner that is always running in the choir room to reduce the risk.
Starting in January, only the first part of our weekly Wednesday choir rehearsal (7:00 to 7:45 p.m.) will be mask-required. In this part of the rehearsal, we will read from music and take a more traditional approach to choir. If you like that kind of choral experience, you are welcome!
In the second part of the Wednesday rehearsal (8:00 to 8:45 p.m.) masking will be optional. The use of a score won't be necessary, because the music will be easier to learn by listening and watching than by reading music. The music may also include more multi-cultural styles with a beat. I hope some of you will give this a try! There are others who have expressed interest in this sort of singing, so you won't be alone. You are welcome!
Whether you want to mask or not, read music or not, whether you are a high school youth or adult, if you seek an inclusive, safe place to raise your voice with others, I hope you will be found singing at Salem. See you soon!
P.S. ... Please Note:
During Lent (February 22 thru Easter), rehearsal times will be different to work around the 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening services. The first part of rehearsal (masks required, as described above) will be at 6:00 p.m., and the second part (masks optional) will be at 7:45 p.m.
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 email@example.com 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
Last year's Children's Choir season was a progression of gaining more and more freedom to express creatively through singing, movement and art!
This year, we are going to be opening 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. So, the Children’s Choir now become everyone who sings! And the whole congregation will see and hear what they are learning.
For seasonal programs like the Children’s Christmas Program, we will add some rehearsals during the week for kids who are playing larger roles.
The Celebration Voices choir welcomes those 6th grade and older who enjoy singing songs of faith.
Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the choir room. All ability levels are welcome. Sing for a month or two if you cannot commit to the whole season! All ability levels are welcome. Sing for a month or two if you cannot commit to the whole season!
Reading music is not required. Contact Michael Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org about your interest and he will find a place for your voice.
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 email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or wish to participate.
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.
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.
Individual Gifts of Praise
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 email@example.com