Rome First Music Ministry
One of the assets of Rome First United Methodist Church is its music ministry.
Under the direction of Barb Seaton and organist Colleen Pellman, church
services are filled with many types of musical worship meant to enhance the
scriptures and lessons presented.
Chancel Choir is a long-standing choral ensemble open to anyone willing to
make the weekly commitment of rehearsal on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM and
Sunday morning warm-up at 10:30 AM. Being able to read music is recommended,
but not required. All ages and vocal abilities are welcome.
Praise Choir is an inter-generational chorus that rehearses for about 15-20
minutes at noon following the Sunday morning service. All ages of any ability
are welcome as long as they just want to sing praise the Lord! This group
appeals to those who are unable to make a weekly commitment, but want to sing
for the joy and fun. Praise Choir sings about once a month depending on
schedules and preparedness.
Youth Choir schedule is flexible depending on attendance and is open to all
children of Sunday School age.
Bell Choir meets Thursdays at 6:30 PM and provides a different kind of musical
experience, playing about once a month within the Sunday service. Ringers
must be able to read basic music and lift 1-5 pounds regularly. We are
fortunate to have 5 octaves of handbells and 2 octaves of handchimes. If
there are enough younger players who are interested in learning, a Training
Bell Choir will be formed at the convenience of the players and director.
Praise Band is a contemporary ensemble comprised of keyboard, bass, drums,
vocalists and other instruments as available including guitar, trumpet, flute,
etc. Colleen Pellman organizes the ensemble, selects music and prepares the
group for inclusion in at least one Sunday per month. Rehearsals are on
Saturdays depending on the schedules of those involved. Due to the specific
instrumental make-up, auditions may be required.
Rome FUMC can always use instrumentalists for special music throughout the
year as soloists or sometimes accompanying vocal ensembles. During the summer
months is a great time for musicians who are younger, new to performing, or
trying out different talents to have an opportunity to share. Scheduling is
by appointment during July and August.