Worship at Highlands United Methodist Church draws from many musical styles, with a focus on traditional congregational hymns and sacred choral repertoire, accompanied by the church’s Möller pipe organ. In worship, the Choir assumes a major leadership role through the singing of hymns, anthems, canticles, psalms, and sacrament responses. During special celebrations such as All Saints’ Day, Advent, Christmas Eve, Lent and Easter, the Choir is joined by members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to enhance the offerings presented.
The purpose of the Choir is to offer praises to God through leadership in music and liturgy in worship. The Choir of Highlands is part of a tradition that extends back to the early nineteen hundreds, when Highlands was founded. Membership in the Choir is open to all, following a simple audition with Rick Phillips, Organist and Director of Music. Reading music is a plus, but not a requirement. The Choir rehearses on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m.
The Handbell Choir plays in worship regularly, under the direction of Kathy Burdette. No musical experience is required to join, and we are always welcoming new members. The Handbell Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. during the school year.
The Children’s Choir meets weekly during the school year to praise God, learn about music, and have fun! All elementary-aged children, regardless of prior musical experience, are invited to come make a joyful noise with Mary Elizabeth Neal. The Children’s Choir meets on Sunday mornings during the 10:30 service Children’s Church. The Children choir sings in worship once a month during the school year.
Sevice of Solemn Requiem for All Saints Day
Musical Setting: Requiem by Gabriel Fauré