PLEASE NOTE: TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, FAIRPORT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IS ONCE AGAIN REQUIRING MASKS TO BE WORN AT ALL IN PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES AND SMALL GROUP GATHERINGS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. FOR CHURCH REOPENING INFORMATION, CLICK HERE.
Effective September 12: Sunday Morning Services at 9:00 & 10:30
FUMC offers a traditional service on Sunday mornings at two times. Communion is offered at both services on the first Sunday of the month. All are invited to the table, and all means all!
The music ministry at Fairport United Methodist Church nurtures the congregation by providing music that deepens our relationship with God. With this vision in mind, musicians offer their gifts in worship after careful practice and preparation.
Vocal choirs, handbell choirs, instrumental ensembles and soloists embody the growing music ministry at Fairport UMC. We have volunteer choirs that rehearse regularly during the academic year, plus groups that rehearse seasonally, plus vocal and instrumental soloists. All are welcome!
If you have any questions about our musical opportunities or would like to become involved with this ministry, please contact Nicole Camilleri, Music Ministry Director, at 585-223-9560 or email@example.com
Choirs in Worship
- Joyful Noise – Children, ages 4 through 2nd grade. Rehearses Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:15 pm. Sings once a month at the 10:30 am service
- Heavenly Choir – Children, ages 3rd through 5th grade. Rehearses Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:15 pm. Sings once a month at the 10:30 am service
- Chancel Choir – Adult singers, 11th grade and older. Rehearses Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:00 pm. Sings 10:30 am service every Sunday.
- Early Choir – Adult singers, 11th grade and older. Rehearses two Sundays a month, 8:00-9:00 am. Sings 9:00am service on the mornings they rehearse.
- Bell Choir – Adult ringers, 11th grade and older. Rehearses Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:00 pm. Rings one Sunday a month at both services.
- Cantata Choir – Adult singers, 11th grade and older. Rehearses Wednesday evenings and some Saturdays, October – December. Sings at the annual program of Advent choral and handbell music.
- Praise Group – Singers/instrumentalists of various ages. Rehearses occasionally. Occasionally offers contemporary special music at both services on selected Sundays.
- Other Occasional Choirs – Chamber Choir, Heavenly Bell Choir, Instrumental Ensembles, Intergenerational Choir, Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir
Instrumentalists in Worship
In addition, instrumentalists often share their talents in worship, both as soloists and as additional musicians with a choir anthem. Pianists may offer their gifts as soloists or as accompanists.
Choirs Sharing Talents During Worship
Choirs and soloists add depth to worship by providing prayerful and expressive music. We have enthusiastic volunteer singers and instrumentalists who offer their time and talent to the music ministry. If you would like to share your musical talents, please contact Nicole Camilleri at 585-223-9560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Any time a group of individuals ….. comes together to be united with a single purpose of joining their voices into one and offering their best musical talents to the worship of God, lives are forever changed.” — David Donathan from “Sharing Your First Fruits”, Worship Arts, July/August 2009
The Parsons Organ
The organ is central to the church’s music ministry. It supports the congregational singing, accompanies the choir anthems and provides repertoire drawn from over five centuries of sacred music.
The original pipe organ was built in 1913 by the Charles Topliff Company, Rochester, NY. In the early 1950s, Tellers Organ Company of Erie, PA, electrified the original tracker action and in the 1960s, the pipe organ was relocated by Bryant G. Parsons & Son, Inc. to the new church building. Due to an unfortunate dry environment, the original chests developed extensive cracks and began to fail.
In 1997, the organ was re-manufactured into a “new” instrument by Parsons Pipe Organ Builders of Canandaigua, NY. Much of the original pipework was retained, along with the keyboards. New components included the blower and the console.
In 2007, a generous gift allowed us to purchase new keyboards for the organ. The mechanisms in the old Tellers keys had worn down and both manuals needed to be replaced.
The instrument has 35 stops (23 independent), 28 ranks and 1667 pipes.