Mount Olive offers opportunities for both choral and instrumental musicians.
Adults Singers and Players
Composed of more than 40 men’s and women’s voices, the Cantorei is the parish’s principal choir. Directed by Cantor David Cherwien, the choir sings at the second liturgy on most Sundays and on most holy days throughout the year. Aside from anthems, the Cantorei often sings parts of the liturgy, making it less a performance group than an integral part of worship. The Cantorei is open to members and nonmembers. Contact the cantor for more information.
Several members and guests are accomplished musicians who contribute often to the congregation’s liturgies. Send an email to David Cherwien for more information.
The Choir School / Children’s Music
The young are not just the church of tomorrow but an integral part of the church today. The Choir School celebrates the joy of singing together and shares that gift in our liturgies. Indeed, children are full participants in our weekly gatherings, their choirs contributing a variety of offerings from anthems to psalms to parts of liturgical settings. The Choir School has three programs:
Mount Olive Family Music
This online opportunity is aimed at children in kindergarten or younger. Sessions are offered via Zoom on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Hand instruments, a CD and other visual materials are employed. Host: Mari Espeland.
Lower Elementary In-Person Choir
For children in grades 1 through 3, this choir sings at the late liturgy once every six weeks and combines with the Upper Elementary Choir at the 4:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. The choir meets on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Director: Mari Espeland.
Upper Elementary In-Person Choir
For youth in grades 4 through high school, this choir’s activities include singing, rhythm and reading music from a score. This choir sings at the late liturgy once every six weeks and combines with the Lower-Elementary Choir at the 4:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. The choir meets on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Director: Rebekah Schulz