The Sanctuary Choir, directed by Wendy Bamonte, is an all-volunteer,
all-are-welcome chorus of approximately 90 singers. Members come
with a range of experience and expertise but all share a great love for
music and a heart for service and ministry. Listen here.
The choir rehearses Thursday evenings and provides musical
leadership at two services each Sunday. They also participate in
special music services and concerts throughout the year.
The Sanctuary Choir is devoted to mission outreach, including many
benefit concerts for our African church partners in Zambia and
Senegal. The funds generated from these concerts have helped drill
water wells, build schools, and provide food in areas affected by
drought and crop failure.
The choir has been on two mission trips: in 2005 the choir presented
sacred choral concerts in Italy, France, and Austria and in 2014 the
choir shared the Gospel through music in France, Belgium and the
Netherlands. In addition to these mission trips, this choir was the
only church choir from the Northwest chosen to perform at the 2010
regional American Choral Directors Association in Seattle. The choir
enjoys singing a wide variety of musical styles including gospel and
spirituals, as well as larger sacred works such as Bach’s Magnificat
and Cantata 121, Vivaldi's Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s
Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Hummel’s Mass and Esenvald’s Trinity
No matter the style, the Sanctuary Choir's singing is always steeped in excellence and always to the Glory of God!
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For information about the Music Ministries call 503-210-6086 or use the email form.
Our beautiful pipe organ is a huge part of our Traditional Worship services. Organist Jeff Wood also puts on concerts each year, in part to raise funds to upgrade our organ console. We are hoping to make necessary repairs to the console and make it mobile so that it may be moved all over the chancel, furthering our enjoyment and communications between musicians, choir and director. Learn more about the organ console project here.
Joy Choir (Ages 4 - Grade 1) - This first musical experience is a fun way to learn basic musical skills and to praise God. Group sings for Sunday worship when ready, a few times a year.
Wednesday 4:15 – 5:00 PM, Hub room
PAX (Praise & Exaltation)
(Grades 2 - 5) - PAX is about the discovery of praise and worship through music. While the emphasis is on fun (and yes, there will be fun), a continued development of musical and singing skills, early exposure to music literacy, and an increasing knowledge of Worship will be a major part of each rehearsal. The choir is open for all kids grades 2-5 who want to sing and have a good time doing it! They sing for worship monthly and on special occasions, with larger presentations during Christmas and spring.
Rehearsals will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 4:15-5:15 PM.
VOX (Voices of Exaltation)
(Grades 6 - 12) – VOX is a place for our youth to worship in a choral setting. Whether it be a sacred classic or an upbeat gospel piece, the choir will strive for deep understanding of the text, continual growth in understanding of the music, and overall excellence. That being said, VOX is open to anyone and everyone who is interested (Yes, even you!). The choir sings for worship monthly and on special occasions, with larger presentations during Christmas and spring.
Rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons from 12:15-1:15 PM.
Covenant Bell Choir
This very fine group pursues a thorough exploration of the art of English handbell ringing and its use in worship. They play in worship service monthly and for special occasions.
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Sanctuary