“Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth” Psalm 150 Here at River Road, we seek more than a joyful noise, we make a joyful and beautiful sound to glorify God! We realize that music can bring us into a powerful awareness of God’s presence and therefore offer a variety of ways for people to exercise their musical gifts within worship. From singing in the choir to playing in an ensemble, we work together to produce special multi-generational music programs. Below is a brief summary of our music opportunities.  For more information about these offerings, please contact Joy Weaver about traditional worship or Philip Tickle about contemporary worship.  For more information about Youth Praise Band and Children’s Choir, please see the Youth and Children’s sections of the website.


Carillon Ringers

Our church is blessed to have five octaves of handbells!  The Carillon Ringers provide special music for worship services, seasonal programs and other events.  Members range from beginners to seasoned ringers.  Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings 7:00 – 8:15 pm.  Contact Susan Simmers for information.



Praise Band

This group of singers and instrumentalists leads worship at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Contemporary Service.  The music is contemporary, uplifting and fun.  Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings at 8:15 a.m. to prepare for worship.  Group members find joy in worshiping through music and walking with Christ.


Chancel Choir

The Chancel choir leads in 11:00 a.m. worship services each Sunday.  Its members also sing for special occasions throughout the church year.  The music ranges from classical to contemporary.  Special services of music may include plans to participate in a mass choir including community friends and other church choirs.  Accompaniment for this choir often includes instruments in the orchestra as well as piano, organ, handbells, harpsichord, and sometimes guitar and drums.  There are many expressions for fellowship and spiritual growth within this group.  Rehearsal time is 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. on Thursday nights — no experience necessary!  From mid-June through August, rehearsals are only on Sundays beginning at 10:00 am.  Child care is provided.  Contact Joy Weaver, Director of Tradition Music and Worship, for information.



11am Worship – with the Chancel Choir!

No previous musical experience required

Experience the joy of singing in a group

* Share in leading God’s people in worship

Be available for most Thursdays (Rehearsals 7:00pm-9:00pm)

* Joy Weaver and the Choir are ready to welcome YOU!

You Are Invited

You are invited to add your notes to help blend the harmony in any way at River Road United Methodist Church.  You are also encouraged to be a recruiter.  If you hear someone singing nicely in the congregation, please invite them to join a choir of their choice.  Sharing your talents will bring blessings to all as well as bring glory to God. In addition to choirs we provide opportunities for soloists and small groups of vocalists and instrumentalists.  For those who are more comfortable in the pew, we strive to enhance the congregational singing experience.