Greetings from COLUMBINE'S MUSIC DEPARTMENT!
The music program at Columbine Spiritual Center is truly one-of-a-kind! We joyously offer
high quality, uplifting, soul-stirring and heart-opening music in support of Sunday services and other commUnity events and we provide a veritable smorgasbord of musical experiences that span numerous genres, styles and eras. Our Sunday morning celebrations feature several
group singing opportunities--or sing alongs--from rousing “joy songs” to contemplative
meditation chants. Add to that our amazingly diverse array of Special Music guest artists,
performing everything from original New Thought compositions to sacred music standards to
well-loved pop, folk, gospel, soul and world music classics, and you have a uniquely progressive and well-rounded music program!
In addition to our weekly services, the music program plays a major role in several special
events hosted by Columbine Spiritual Center each year, including our beloved Christmas Eve
Candle Lighting services on December 24, Maundy Thursday services during Holy Week, a
Peace Through Music Benefit Concert each spring, our annual Fall Gala in September and
other seasonal parties that are held in our new gathering space, Foss Hall. In 2018, we will be
staging a full production of the musical “Godspell,” starring members of our music team.
Performance dates are March 23-24 and tickets are available through the church bookstore.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL IN THE COLUMBINE COMMUNITY:
We welcome all those with the desire to serve--and the will and ability to commit--to join us in sharing their musical gifts. At present, our program includes more than 40 members, along with an active roster of local and nationally-touring artists and professional performers, and we
encourage any and all new or current Columbine folks to join in on the fun and fellowship.
Columbine Choir: Columbine Choir is a non-auditioned choir for people ages 16-100!
No experience necessary, just a love of singing and making beautiful music in a choral
setting, plus a commitment to improving vocal skills and habits. We draw from a variety of
styles and musical genres and perform several times throughout the year, including Christmas
Eve and Easter Sunday.
VOCE (Voices of Columbine Ensemble): This is an auditioned group of experienced singers, drawn from the Choir program, and scheduled to provide Special Music several times each year. Given the advanced level of vocal arrangements we sing, members are expected to be strong sight readers or excellent musicians.
One Achord Singers/Band: One Achord is an auditioned team of committed singers who
help to lead the congregational singing each week, create and sing harmony parts, provide
background vocals for Guest Artists, have excellent stage presence and microphone technique
and are able to sing at both services--9:00 and 11:00 a.m.-- at least once per month.
Rhythm Section Musicians: Our rhythm section, or “house band,” is comprised of
professional musicians, some of which come from the Columbine congregation and others
which are hired from outside. Piano, bass and drums make up our core rhythm section, with
guitar, horns or hand percussion added on occasion.
Special Music Solos and Ensembles: In addition to the Choir, VOCE and One Achord, we feature a number of vocalists and musicians from the Columbine Music Program each month as our “in house” Special Music artists. These include groups such as Spirit Rising and Luminescence, as well as other solos, duets, trios and more. These are of a high quality of
performance and are auditioned for and scheduled throughout the year
Guest Artists: We also hire outside Guest Artists, usually singer-songwriters and
recordings artists, 1-2 weeks each month. Our current roster includes Marcy Baruch, Jana
Stanfield, Jan Garrett & JD Martin, Denise Rosier, Robert Anderson, Laura Evans, Lisa Bell,
Leonard Barrett, Karen Karsh, Bettman & Halpin and Full Moon Eye, to name a few.
Feel free to reach out anytime to Janis Kelly, our Musical Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo