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Choir Names

We are in the process of renaming the choirs (vocal and bell) of our church
to better reflect their purpose and mission, while also being fresh. They
currently have common names such as Chancel, Youth Singers, etc. We are
striving to choose names that will not be trendy, but will last many years.
I have searched many church web sites, only to find the common names we are
trying to avoid. Your ideas are appreciated.

Matthew Penning
Director of Music Ministries
Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church
1300 Melrose Avenue
Iowa City IA 52246
(319) 338-7523
matthewp(a)saintandrew-ic.org
FAX: (319) 338-8599

Visit our web site: www.saintandrew-ic.org


on July 8, 2002 5:33pm
I let my Youth Choir (K-5/6)choose their own name several years ago and
they came up with "Heavenly Choir". (I gave them about 7 or 8 choices
and they voted. The first Sunday they sang that year, we 'announced' it
to the Congregation--after getting the Pastor's approval, of course.)
My adult group is the Chancel Choir and I have thought about renaming my
Bell Choir (it's the 'Bell Choir'--how original). I have a Sacred Dance
group called "The Morning Dancers". Hope to see what other folks have
to say to you--perhaps I'll get some ideas, too!

Best Wishes & Have Fun,
Marie Grass Amenta, Director of Choirs
1st Presbyterian Church of Homewood, IL

on July 9, 2002 9:45am
Years ago, I directed the choirs at a local Methodist Church, created two
new ones and "reorganized" the Youth choir. This is what I came up with in
the early, daring '70's: Chancel Choir remained the same(as it was, and is,
and ever shall be, amen!); the new high school choir(grades 8-12) became
the Halleluiah Chorus(they loved that name); the former Youth Choir(grades
4-7) became the Morning Glory Choir; and the new primary choir(grades K-3)
became the Minnesingers(a pun on "little" and "love singers"). The
Episcopal Church we now attend used various UK cathedral names, befitting
their Anglican heritage--Canterbury, York, etc. My husband's church during
his school years used Chancel, Chapel, Troubadours, Cherub, etc., to
designate age groups from adult down to primary school. Be creative! Karen
Biscay, Choral Director, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, Ohio
43560

-----Original Message-----
From: Matthew J. Penning [mailto:matthewp(a)saintandrew-ic.org]
Sent: Monday, July 08, 2002 8:57 AM
To: choraltalk(a)lists.colorado.edu
Subject: Choir Names


We are in the process of renaming the choirs (vocal and bell) of our church
to better reflect their purpose and mission, while also being fresh. They
currently have common names such as Chancel, Youth Singers, etc. We are
striving to choose names that will not be trendy, but will last many years.
I have searched many church web sites, only to find the common names we are
trying to avoid. Your ideas are appreciated.

Matthew Penning
Director of Music Ministries
Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church
1300 Melrose Avenue
Iowa City IA 52246
(319) 338-7523
matthewp(a)saintandrew-ic.org
FAX: (319) 338-8599

Visit our web site: www.saintandrew-ic.org

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