Music

Chancel Choir

DSC02027Roberts Park Chancel Choir has a rich musical history, and continues to offer the gift of music during morning worship at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday from September through June.  The choir also provides a ministry of music for special worship services and concerts.  Performing a wide range of inspiring music under the direction of Jason Fishburn and accompanied by Jerry Franklin Gillooly. Chancel Choir is a highly respected and beloved group in the Roberts Park community.
Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. The Chancel Choir accepts new members on an ongoing basis. Auditions are not necessary to be a part of this choir family, although a love of singing is essential.

Please consider joining our choir family!  We are a warm and welcoming group of people with open hearts and open minds. If you would enjoy sharing your musical gifts, please don’t hesitate to contact our church office at 317-635-1636 or rpoffice@robertsparkumc.org.
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. ~Henry van Dyke

 

Bell Choir                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Bell ChoirThe Roberts Park Bell Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. We have a 4-octave set of Schulmerich handbells, and a 2-octave set of handchimes.  We currently ring three of the octaves with a membership of ten ringers.  We could use an additional two or more ringers!
It is helpful if you are able to read music to participate in the Bell Choir. However, if it’s been awhile since you participated in a musical group, we can color code your music to aid you in remembering your music reading skills. The Bell Choir rings about once a month at the Sunday 10:30 a.m. service, and also for special services.  Rehearsals generally begin in mid-August and run through the end of May.  Feel free to contact our church office at 317-635-1636 or rpoffice@robertsparkumc.org, if you have any questions regarding the Bell Choir.
We welcome you to “give us a ring”!

 

Matthew’s Voices: Side-by-Side                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
13716097_308539026157973_1406960554406284661_nThe newest Roberts Park choir, Matthew’s Voices: Side-by-Side, was formed in July 2016. We invite homeless and severely disadvantaged people in Indianapolis to experience the joy of choral singing, enjoy companionship and support, and share their voices with the community by singing songs of hope, faith, and love together.  The Indianapolis Star featured the choir in an in-depth article on August 14, 2016.

Matthew’s Voices: Side-by-Side welcomes singers of all abilities to be part of the choir, which rehearses on Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the Roberts Park sanctuary. Follow us on Facebook — www.facebook.com/matthewsvoicesindy — for updates and news of our progress!

Organization
Led by Roberts Park Choir Director Jason Fishburn and accompanied by Matthew Masko, organist at Christ Lutheran Church in Zionsville, Indiana, the choir began rehearsals on July 24, 2016. It is currently preparing for its inaugural performance on Friday, November 11, 2016, during Side-by-Side, the church’s Spirit & Place Festival event.

Community Engagement
Community choirs that welcome homeless and under-resourced individuals are well established in other cities around the country. Their successes in bringing healing, hope, and renewed direction in the lives of their participants have been a blessing to all.  Matthew’s Voices: Side-by-Side has already established an exciting presence in Indianapolis.

Financial Support
Financial contributions to support this ministry are welcomed and appreciated. They can be made at GoFundMe or the church directly by mail at Roberts Park UMC, 401 N. Delaware, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or on our website.  Please specify “Matthew’s Voices: Side-by-Side” in donations made to the church.

Why We Care
Access to music and the arts is often expected and taken for granted by established members of the community. But for those people who are marginalized, vulnerable, and sometimes living on the streets, experiencing the uplifting and rejuvenating power of music is not part of their lives. Inspired by the Gospel of Matthew’s chapter 25, Matthew’s Voices: Side-by-Side seeks to offer that access and help to address the need for the arts in populations in our city that often go untouched, unloved, and underserved.