The Music Ministry of Salem offers several opportunites. We believe that in order to reach all people, different styles of music can be utilized and presented as enhancements to a worship experience. There are opportunities available to people of all ages, from children to senior adults, to become involved in the Music Ministry - whether singing or playing instruments and we hope you'll join us as together we seek to honor God through music and lead our congregation in worship.
The graded Children's Choir Program at Salem offers opportunity for children to learn the fundamentals of music reading as well as performance procedure. Children are taught basic vocal techniques and perform, on occasion, for various worship services. Children are offered opportunity to attend summer children's music camps sponsored by the Music & Worship Ministries Department of the Georgia Baptist Convention. The Children's Choir meets on Sunday nights at 6:30pm.
The Salem student choir is led by Roger Waters and consist of students, grades 6th-12th.
Reflection is the youth vocal ensemble, the counterpart to the adult MasterSingers. Students seeking education in traditional choral literature and performance practice have opportunity to participate in this ensemble to learn vocal technique from an artistic perspective. Some contemporary literature is performed but from a traditional choral approach. Reflection has open rehearsals on Sundays at 4:30pm.
The Salem Sanctuary Choir, consisting of 60 men and women, is the resident choir for the 8:30am traditional worship service on Sundays. The Sanctuary Choir leads the singing of hymns each week and presents a weekly anthem during the service. The choir, accompanied by the Salem Orchestra, also presents special event concerts, including Christmas and Easter. The Sanctuary Choir has open rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:40pm.
The Celebration Choir is the resident choir for the 11am blended worship services on Sundays. The Celebration Choir leads the singing of contemporary hymns and praise choruses each week and presents special music during the service. The Celebration Choir has open rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7:00pm.
MasterSingers is an adult mixed-ensemble that specializes in traditional choral music with strong biblical and spiritually meaningful texts. MasterSingers provide music for traditional worship and also give occasional concerts at Salem and, by invitation, at other churches. MasterSingers also join the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra for special presentations. This ensemble is devoted to acappella as well as accompanied choral literature. MasterSingers rehearses on Wednesdays at 6:30pm.
Singing Saints is the choir for senior adults (55 years and older) and serves as the resident choir for the 10:30am Wednesday worship service and provides an annual worship concert during the Christmas season. The choir also participates in the Senior Adult Choral Festival held in November of each year at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center at Toccoa, GA. Singing Saints rehearse on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 1pm.
9:45 Praise Band
The 9:45 praise band is led by Jason Housley and consist of various instruments. This band leads in the 9:45 worship services. If interested in serving please email Jason Housley.
11:00 Praise Band and Orchestra
This group of musicians serves in the 11 oclock worship service. If you are interested in serving please email Chris McMichen.
The Salem Orchestra provides instrumental music for traditional worship services and serves as instrumental accompaniment to the Sanctuary Choir and MasterSingers. Currently, the orchestra plays on the second and fourth Sundays for the 8:30am Sunday traditional worship. Rehearsals are held on Sundays at 3:30pm.
MasterRingers is the adult handbell choir for Salem's Music Ministry. The choir meets year round and provides special music for traditional worship as well as special events at Easter and Christmas. The handbell choir participates in annual handbell choir festivals sponsored by the Music & Worship Ministries Department of the Georgia Baptist Convention. MasterRingers meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday nights.
For more information about the Music Ministry or to learn how you can be a part of this ministry, please call the church office at 770-957-4543.