Madison Street

United Methodist Church

Music Ministry

For over 100 years, the Music Ministry of Madison Street United Methodist Church has made a lasting impact on the  worshiping life of the church and the greater Clarksville community. We are committed to excellence as our appropriate offering to God in worship. We believe the purpose of music in worship is to lead and assist the congregation in celebrating the liturgy for the day, proclaiming the Gospel, and experiencing the Word. At Madison Street, we live this out through musical opportunities for persons of all ages.

JLM - by Brad Phillips

Recorded by several members of The Madison Street Choir during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Madison Street Choir

The Madison Street Choir is primarily a volunteer "parish choir" made up of college students and all ages of adults. While the choir includes some professional singers and other with formal music training, most members are not professional musicians. They are simply people who love to sing, wish to develop their musical skills, and desire to give their gift of song in service to the worship of God. Choir membership is open to all at any time of the year. 

 

The choir sings for the 10:15 a.m. service each Sunday.  Rehearsals take place on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m.

 

In addition to Sunday morning services, the Madison Street Choir presents services of Choral Evensong (Evening Prayer) on All Saints Sunday and Palm/Passion Sunday, as well as the annual Festival of Christmas, which is held on either the Second or Third Sundays in Advent.   These services may include a major choral work with orchestra or various anthems. 

 

The Madison Street Choir welcomes all who desire to serve God and God's people through the gift of music. 

 

If you are interested in joining the Madison Street Choir, click below to email Rev. Jared Wilson, Director.

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Choirs for Children

Under construction. Check back soon for Winter/Spring 2022 updates!

Choirs for Students

Jubilation is our choir for students in grades 6-12.  It is coordinated with our Next Gen Ministries and meets during the school year.  Please view the rehearsal and worship participation schedule below for Fall 2021. 

 

Rehearsals

September 12 @ 9:30 a.m. in the Choir Room

*September 19 @ 9:30 a.m. in the Choir Room

September 26 @ 9:30 a.m. in the Choir Room

*October 3 @ 9:30 a.m. in the Choir Room

October 31 @ 9:30 a.m. in the Choir Room

November 7 @ 9:30 a.m. in the Choir Room

November 14 @ 9:30 a.m. in the Choir Room

*November 21 @ 10:05 in the Choir Room

* - denotes dates that Jubilation will participate in worship

 

Jubilation will also participate in this year's Festival of Christmas on December 12 at 5:00 p.m.  Two special rehearsals for this service are scheduled for:

1) Wednesday, December 1 @ 6:00 p.m.

2) Wednesday, December 8 @ 6:00 p.m.

 

For more information about Jubilation, email Rev. Jared Wilson, Director.

Handbell Choirs

Under Construction. Check back soon for Winter/Spring 2022 updates!

The Organ

The Rieger-Kloss Organ, Opus 3717, was built in the Czech-Republic and installed in the sanctuary of Madison Street United Methodist Church in 2001.  It is comprised of three manuals, pedal board, and 107 speaking stops.

 

The magnificent organ case stands three stories tall above the choir, and includes 32′ pipes in the facade, each of which weigh nearly 850 pounds.  The large organ facade proportionally matches the high ceilings and large cubic space of the Madison Street Sanctuary.  The organ soars above the choir loft on the long axis of the room, giving it the best possible musical position in the room.

 

The first requirement in planning the design for this organ was to play the liturgy of the church, accompany great hymn singing, to provide magnificent choral accompaniments for all age voices and to inspire the worship service.  There is not a voice in the organ that might not be used in a regular worship service, and it is capable of playing a fabulous organ concert!  It has been designed as an instrument of distinction, not to copy any other organ, although many historical influences are present.  For instance, the organ has a Grand Choir Resonance Division (Manual I), which is greatly influenced by the French School of Organ Building.  It gives a fabulous richness to the organ in playing French Toccatas and other literature where the pitch line is high on the keyboard.  The presence of the Grand Choir Resonance Division is highly unique, appearing on only one other instrument in the Southeast and on only a handful of instruments in the entire United States.

 

The chief engineer for the instrument was Oldrich Hajek, with organ design by William E. Gray, Jr.  Tonal finishing was done under the direction of Daniel Angerstein.  In 2004, all three of the original keyboards were replaced at the request of church organist, Rev. Jared Wilson, with tracker-action keyboards, giving a greater sense of control to the player.  In 2012, under the design of Rev. Wilson, six solo ranks were added.  These additions include the dramatic Tuba Mirablis, which speaks from the main organ in the Chancel and the powerful State Trumpet, which speaks from the rear of the Nave.

 

This instrument will have a lasting influence on the cultural and worshiping life of not only Madison Street United Methodist Church, but also the greater Clarksville community.