Our music ministry is led by Music Director Jean Volk, who was appointed to the position on April 1st, 2013. An accomplished organist, Jean is a member of AGO (American Guild of Organists), has been published in TAO (The American Organist) and has served as dean of the Middlesex Chapter. She has also been a member of Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR/American Guild of English Handbell Ringers) and Choristers Guild.
The KPC music ministry is designed to provide both regular and special opportunities for church members and community visitors to praise the Lord and to lead God's people in worship. Throughout the ages, Christians have expressed the words and emotions of prayer and adoration through music. Our services are a blend of contemporary songs, classical hymns, special instruments, and organ preludes and postludes. During the summer we include special music and guest artists. We welcome children, men and women of all ages and abilities to find their place in the music program.
Members and friends who wish to participate in the KPC music program may contact Jean Volk at music(at)kingstonpresbyterian.org
The Adult Choir sings regularly at the 11:00 a.m. service where they help lead worship through hymns and anthems. Our repertoire is a blend of contemporary, multi-cultural, and classical music with Biblical messages. We welcome new singers and always have extra music ready for you. Weekly rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the choir room.
The Bell Choir began over 30 years ago. Starting with 2 octaves of Malmark handbells in 1980, 2 more octaves of handbells were added over the years along with 3 octaves of hand chimes. The ringers are dedicated to weekly rehearsals each Sunday from 12:20-1:20 PM. The choir plays at 11:00 a.m. worship services, on Christmas Eve, Easter, and other liturgical holidays. We incorporate handbells in worship and we have played for the Kingston community tree lighting ceremony. We welcome ages 15 and up with varying musical ability. Opportunities for solo, duet and quartet work are also available.
Intergenerational Tone Chime Choir
The Intergenerational Tone Chime Choir is open to all from age 8 and up. Chime Choir meets occasionally on a Sunday from 12:30 to 12:45 to practice an easy anthem and presents that anthem the following Sunday. Chime Choir is specifically designed for those who would like to participate in music ministry but do not read music.
Calling On Him, the Kingston Presbyterian Church praise band, leads our congregation with energy and spirit on the third Sunday of each month. This seven person band, singing and playing an assortment of guitars, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, and more, leads songs by contemporary artists as well as original compositions.
Children, pre-K to grade 5, participate in a music lesson during their Sunday school class meeting. The lessons include hymns, spirituals and Bible songs along with rhythm and Orff instruments and movement.
New Media Ensemble
Youth from ages 8 – 18 can join our improvisational electronic music ensemble. The New Media Ensemble uses laptops, tablets, smart phones, synthesizers, and percussion to create original and improvised ambient music for services each quarter of the year. This is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to create exciting music for the church with technology they already know.
To sign up and/or learn more, please contact Nick Robinson through the church office at office(at)kingstonpresbyterian.org.