Music

MusicThe music in worship draws from a variety of traditions and cultures and underscores the liturgical themes appropriate to season and topic. Under the leadership of the Music Director, the music program draws on the musical gifts of members of the congregation, whether it be singing in the choir, playing piano, guitars, flute, recorder, or percussion, singing in small ensembles, or ringing hand bells. Guest musicians from the surrounding community augment the many musical sounds of the LOUCC congregation. Congregational singing includes music from The New Century Hymnal and Sing! Prayer and Praise, as well as a number of contemporary sources. Members of the choir often lead the congregation in chants, rounds, and four-part harmonies.

The LOUCC Choir is an integral part of Sunday worship, singing a wide range of musical styles. The chamber choir format allows singers to learn and sing Renaissance motets, Baroque chorales, African-American spirituals, British anthems, chants from around the world, Southern Harmony, and contemporary gospel. All singers and voice types are welcome to join the choir, which rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00pm and warms up Sunday mornings at 9:45am.

The choir is a welcoming place to learn more about vocal technique and singing harmonies, where many voices become one voice sharing the joy of "making a beautiful noise unto God" in worship. During the summer months, and from time to time throughout the year, the Music Director invites members and visitors to join the One-Day-Only, Learn-and-Sing-a-Song, No-Fault All-Comers Choir.

LOUCC has a three-octave set of hand bells and a group of devoted ringers who rehearse during Advent and Lent to provide shimmering bell tones during the seasons of Christmas and Easter. Beginning ringers are welcome to join the hand bell choir and learn the fundamentals of music notation while taking responsibility for just one or two notes at a time.

LOUCC hosts musical events throughout the year, frequently to benefit the missions of the church. Featured artists have included The Fireside Carolers with the L'Chaim Ensemble, Peter Mayer, Sue and Martin Brother in "A Musical Comedy Look at Love," and Svila: Women's Balkan Vocal Ensemble of Portland.