Music is a vital and much-loved tradition at Avondale UMC. Opportunities exist for musicians of all ages/abilities. Please consider becoming involved with this important ministry of our church!
The Chancel Choir is a mixed-ensemble of dedicated church members that sing for Sunday worship throughout the year. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15pm, and gather at 10:15am on Sunday mornings prior to 11am worship. The group enjoys singing a wide variety of music - we always welcome anyone interested in joining with open arms! The ability to read music is helpful but not essential...ALL are welcome! If you are interested in participating in this friendly, talented group, contact Richard Byrd, Director of Music Ministry (firstname.lastname@example.org), or simply come see us on Wednesday nights to enjoy fellowship and sing!
This group meets seasonally. The Children's Choir rehearses for six consecutive Sundays prior to Christmas and Easter before performing seasonal music in worship. Ages 4-12 are welcome to attend. The children learn about proper/healthy singing, music fundamentals, and sometimes just silly stuff!
The Avondale UMC pipe organ was built in 1929 by the Ernest M. Skinner Organ Company and installed in the Skinner Studio, Palm Beach, as Opus 802. After an appearance at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, the organ was purchased by Hollins College, Hollins, Virginia. Around 1940, Avondale United Methodist Church was in search of its own pipe organ and purchased the instrument from the college. The Aeolian-Skinner Company was contracted to move and re-install the organ at AUMC; the organ was then designated as Aeolian-Skinner Opus 802-A. As installed in 1941, the instrument contained 34 stops, 9 registers, and 12 ranks of pipes controlled by a 2-manual drawknob console. Between 1977 and 1987, the tonal resources were expanded and the organ refurbished by Howard Best and a team of volunteers. Additions included a 4' Octave, 4' Harmonic Flute, 2' Fifteenth, and a five-rank mixture to the Great, 16' Bourdon, 16' Trombone, and electronic 32'/16' flues to the pedal. Along with additional expression shutters and new grille cloth, the switching and capture action systems were converted to solid state and winding system revised.The current organ contains 24 ranks of pipes and is entirely enclosed, with expression shutters facing both the congregation in the nave and the choristers in the choir loft. We are in the process of raising funds to proceed with the second phase of a project to restore this fine instrument and ensure its continuing operation and longevity. Funding comes from the designated organ fund, separate from the church general fund. Please contact Director of Music Ministry & Organist, Richard Byrd, if you interested making a donation to this worthy cause.