Music Ministry

Musical Excellence for the Glory of God

In the same fashion that Holy Scripture is described as “The Word of God,” Sacred Music has been called “The Voice of God.” Our Music Ministry is an avenue through which participants can bless the Lord, their church and each other by offering their musical gifts as an integral, inspiring element of our worship experiences. Much more than a group of enthusiastic singers or instrumentalists, each ensemble is a Christian fellowship of caring friends who support and pray for each other in life’s joys and concerns.

Ensembles

Choirs

The Cathedral Choir sings in the 9:30 am Sunday service from September through June and rehearses from 7:00-9:00 pm each Thursday evening. Rooted in a nearly century-old tradition of excellence, the Cathedral Choir strives to provide sacred choral repertoire at its highest level. Choral Scholars anchor each of the four sections in this forty-plus voice choir which welcomes new members of all ages. No prepared audition is required, but previous choral experience is recommended. Childcare is provided both during rehearsal and on Sunday mornings.

Conducted by Ben Owen, Director of Music Ministries and Choirmaster

The twenty-five voice Wesley Choir brings anthems and offertories to the 8:00 am service on Sunday mornings from September through June.  Weekly rehearsals are 7:00-9:00 pm on Wednesday evenings, and singers of all ages are welcome; previous choral experience is not required to join. The Wesley Choir also participates in special seasonal worship services, enjoys gathering for immaculate potlucks throughout the year, and sustains a fun and supportive atmosphere in rehearsals.

Conducted by Ben Owen, Director of Music Ministries and Choirmaster

One Accord is a low voice ensemble specializing in four-part bass clef choral music. Rehearsing as needed, this spirited glee club style choir sings in Sunday services periodically throughout the year and is always a congregation favorite. All tenors and basses are welcome to join!

Conducted by Tom Jordan

A fellowship of more than thirty senior sopranos and altos form the Community Choristers whose ministry takes their cheerful music, both sacred and secular, to retirement and rehabilitation communities throughout the greater Cincinnati community. The Community Choristers rehearse on Mondays from 1:00-2:30 pm. All treble singers are welcome!

Conducted by Janet Zeigler

Contemporary

Led by Matthew Covert, HPCUMC’s Praise Band features singers and instrumentalists active in Cincinnati’s music and theatre scene and consistently delivers a powerful and authentic worship experience to those who attend the 11:00 am Sunday service. In addition to Sunday mornings, the Praise Band puts on multiple outdoor concerts throughout the year. Those with a heart and ear for contemporary Christian music are encouraged to audition.

Led by Matthew Covert, Worship Leader

Instrumental

The Carillon Choir brings the festive brilliance of handbell music to our worship services at 8:00, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am on select Sundays. Ringing beautiful Schulmerich handbells and Schulmerich hand chimes, the Carillon Choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm and has openings for new members, either experienced or just beginning. Come and join us in ringing to the glory of God!

Conducted by Jenny Cauhorn, Handbell Director and former Executive Director of Handbell Musicians of America

Throughout the year, many church and community instrumentalists offer up their musical talents by presenting solos, accompanying choral anthems, or simply playing along with the hymns in our Sunday services. If you are interested in periodically playing your instrument in a service, don’t hesitate to reach out! We are happy to accommodate all instruments and skill levels.

Coordinated by Dr. Brenda Portman, Resident Organist

Queen City Bronze is a professional, community handbell ensemble based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The group was founded in October of 2008 under the direction of Jennifer Cauhorn, HPCUMC’s Handbell Director and former Executive Director of the Handbell Musicians of America. This group of auditioned ringers rehearses at the church on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-5:00 pm and performs numerous concerts throughout the year.

For more information, go to queencitybronze.org. Conducted by Jenny Cauhorn, Handbell Director and former Executive Director of Handbell Musicians of America 

Children's Choirs

The Joy Singers choir is for children ages Preschool through 2nd grade and focuses on familiarizing kids with singing, musical skills, and Godly joy! All children’s choirs meet during the 11:00 hour during the school year. Following the Children’s Moment in the service, children are invited to attend Children’s Choirs or remain in the service with their families. All in all, Joy Singers is a whole lot of fun. All are invited to join in the joy!

Led by Elizabeth Hickerson

Led by our Director of Family Ministry, the Sunshine Choir meets during the school year and is for children ages 3rd grade through 6th grade. In rehearsals, the Sunshine Choir prepares to sing and lead in Sunday morning worship services.  Occasionally, children have solo, duet, and other special opportunities to use their gift of music to glorify God. Children’s Choir is an excellent and fun way for your child to learn about worship. All children’s choirs meet during the 11:00 hour. Following the Children’s Moment in the service, children are invited to attend Children’s Choirs or remain in the service with their families.

Led by Dana Calhoun, Director of Family Ministry

The Youth Choir program is BACK and meets during the school year and is for students in 7th through 12th grade. In addition to honing their musical skills and worship leading prowess, the Youth Choir works together to decide how they will musically and creatively contribute to Hyde Park’s Sunday morning worship services. Rehearsals are from 6:00 – 6:45 pm following Youth Group on Sunday evenings.

Led by Ben Owen, Director of Music Ministries and Choirmaster

Organ Concert Series

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020-2021 Organ Concert series will be offered both online and in person.  Click below for more details.

Brenda Portman, executive director

Meet Our Music Ministry Team

Ben Owen

Director of Music & Choirmaster

Brenda Portman

Organist & Organ Concert Series Director

Matthew Covert

Worship Leader

Jenny Cauhorn

Handbell Director

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