Music & Arts

Sharing God’s creative gifts

Music and Arts is significant in the life of the church. It is powerful, engaging and inspiring and creates meaningful experiences that connect people closer to God and to each other. At Shandon you’ll find a dynamic music and arts ministry for all ages offering lots of ways to experience music and to be involved through the arts.

For more information about Music and Arts, contact Rev. Eddie Huss, Minister of Music at ehuss@shandon-umc.org or Debbie Bauer, Music Associate and Organist at dbauer@shandon-umc.org.

Advent and Christmas Special Events in Music and Worship, 2022

Hanging of the Greens Service with the Celebration Choir and Wesley Ringers Bell Choir, Sunday, November 27, 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. services in the Sanctuary

The Music of Christmas, Chancel Choir and Orchestra, Sunday, December 11, 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services in the Sanctuary

Jesus Is Born, Christmas play by the St. Nicholas and Cherub Choirs, Wednesday, December 14, 6:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Eddie & Friends Benefit Concert for El Salvador Mission Trip, Sunday, December 18, 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Christmas Eve Services
2:00 p.m. Holy Communion,
4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Family Services,
9:00 p.m. Candlelight Holy Communion Service

Christmas Day Service, 11:00 a.m. Combined Service, Sanctuary

Worship Service, New Year’s Day 2023, 11:00 a.m. Combined Service, Sanctuary

Calling For Visual Artists

Calling all Visual Artists who are members of Shandon: help us Build the Body of Christ through God’s Creative Gifts! The Visual Arts Council is creating of roster of all visual artists to increase the use of the visual arts in how we serve, worship and share our faith. Please take a moment to complete the form and share your gifts with the church:  Click here to register. 

Music & Arts Events

Feb
8th

Art Gallery Opening Reception – Artist George Stone

Art Gallery Opening Reception – Artist George Stone

Bruner Building (1st floor) | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Shandon United Methodist Church will host an exhibition of paintings by church member and professional artist George Stone beginning February 8 and continuing through March 31. His collection of new oil paintings entitled “Capturing the Light” will be on display at the church’s Patricia Beckler Art Gallery. The Opening Reception will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, February 8, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and the public is invited.

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All choirs and ensembles are open to anyone who would like to share their talents and time building the body of Christ through the arts. No auditions are required, just a commitment to serve.

Shandon’s children’s choirs introduce children to the wonderful world of expressing their faith through music. The choirs sing at various services and special events. Children’s choirs rehearse Wednesday evenings, September-April:     

  • Cherub Choir – k4-1st grade. Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:00-6:30 p.m.
  • St. Nicholas Choir – grades 2-6. Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:00-6:45 p.m.

The Chancel Choir performs a variety of music including classical, traditional, hymns and spirituals. The choir sings in worship weekly and performs with orchestra several times a year. The Chancel Choir has performed at outside events such as the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Rehearsals are each Wednesday from 7:15-8:30 p.m., late August-June.

The Celebration Choir performs a variety of music including contemporary and spirituals. The choir sings in 8:45 a.m. worship on the second Sunday of the month. The choir also provides seasonal and holiday music events. Rehearsals are twice a month, every other Wednesday from 6:00-7:00 p.m., September-June.

Shandon’s adult handbell ensemble rings for various worship services late August-May and occasionally for special services. They also participate in the SC Fellowship Bell Festival.

The ringers rehearse Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

In Shandon’s Youth Music Group, teens share their creative gifts and express their faith through music. The group is open to all 6th-12th graders interested in music, both singing and instrumental. They perform during various worship services and for special programs and events. Rehearsals are Sundays from 4:15-5:00 p.m.

Shandon’s LifeLine Band leads the 11:05 a.m. LifeLine worship service with contemporary Christian praise and worship songs. The band, of both volunteers and professionals, plays each Sunday morning and for special events and includes keyboards, drums, guitars, bass and vocalists. Non-musical volunteers are welcome to help with set-up and break-down of equipment.

A variety of beautiful and inspiring musical presentations are performed at various times throughout the year by Shandon’s Chancel Choir with soloists as well as performances by the Youth Music Group, Children’s Choirs, orchestra, and musical guests.

Hanging of the Greens

A moving service filled with Christian symbolism, glorious decorations and beautiful music of the Christmas season presented by the Celebration Choir and Wesley Ringers. Hanging of the Greens marks the beginning of the Advent Season through placing ivy, cedar, mistletoe and holly and is designed to help us prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ Child at Christmas.

Eddie Huss & Friends Benefit Concert

A musical Christmas program filled with beautiful music by a variety of performers and benefitting an outreach nonprofit organization.

Faith and Freedom

An annual patriotic musical celebration held on the Sunday prior to July 4. The celebration features a barbeque lunch and lots of fellowship with family and old and new friends. 

Music and Arts sponsors a variety of arts events and projects to discover God’s presence through sharing artistic creativity. These projects include numerous pieces of commissioned art and worship items located throughout the Shandon campus including stained glass, painted and fabric art pieces, wind sculptures and more. They also feature live-painting during special worship services and rotating art exhibits in the Gallery by a variety of artists. The Gallery is located in the Bruner Building, second floor.