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Director of Music   |   Paul A. Aitken   |   paitken@boisefumc.org

Music and art give us an incredible way to offer our thanks and praise to God. Through the arts we find a way to express our love where words fall short—lifting up spirits, uniting souls, enriching lives, and opening hearts.

With nearly two dozen individual groups available for musicians 4-years-old and up, the music department welcomes everyone to find their niche to let their light shine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINTER WEATHER POLICY

Dear Music Singers, Ringers & Parents/Guardians:

1. If a rehearsal is cancelled due to weather, you will receive an email no later than 2 hours before rehearsal start time.

2. If Boise Schools are closed, we will not hold rehearsal. 

3. If no email is received within those 2 hours, rehearsals are "on."

4. If you can't make it to a rehearsal, send an email to Laura Thomson at lthomson@boisefumc.org as soon as possible.

Very occasionally, a mid-day snow or ice event takes place in the Treasure Valley resulting in significant accumulation and/or very dangerous road conditions.  In these cases, the music staff will review all of the information available to them and discuss whether road conditions warrant canceling rehearsals.  Please also know that if the Boise School District cancels school, we will not be holding rehearsals that evening.  If canceling is deemed necessary, an email will be sent out to the affected ensembles no later than 2 hours prior to the time of the rehearsal.  If you do not receive an email, please know that rehearsals are going ahead as planned.  Since travel conditions vary significantly throughout the hills and the valley, please note that the safety of you and your family is the utmost importance to us and that you should always make the best choice for you and your family.   If you do decide to remain home rather than venture out, please kindly send an email to both your director and to ministry coordinator, Laura Thomson.

 


We offer an exciting program of graded children's choirs and bell choirs, building a strong foundation for further music learning while providing opportunity for fun and fellowship! Offered in coordination with our all-church Wednesday evening programming, your children can enjoy a spiritual journey through music and the arts while parents and siblings can explore their own opportunities through adult discipleship classes, youth programs, and a family friendly Wednesday night meal.

REHEARSALS RESUME SEPTEMBER 13 AT THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

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Angel Bells (ages 4 - 5) 
Wednesdays • 4-4:30pm • Anna Harbuck, Director

Angelus Choir (ages 4 & 5)
Wednesdays • 4:30-5pm • Anna Harbuck, Director

Celebration Choir (grades 1-3)
Wednesdays • 5-5:30pm • Anna Harbuck, Director

Celebration Chimes (grades 1-3)
Wednesdays • 5:30-6pm

Jubilation Ringers (grades 4-6)
Wednesdays • 4:45-5:30pm • Paul A. Aitken, Director

Jubilation Choir (grades 4-6)
Wednesdays • 5:30-6pm • Anna Harbuck, Director

Jubilation Choir Myster Tour
Each spring, the Jubilation Choir and Jubilation Ringers embark on an overnight tour, giving the choir members an opportunity to experience fun and fellowship, while also providing music for worship. Top it off with a couple of great side-trip experiences like swimming, bowling, or ice skating, and you have the makings of lifelong memories.

 


We seek to provide a ministry where young musicians are able to engage in all varieties of music while building friendships that truly last a lifetime. The Epworth Chorale Youth Choir is the resident choir of the 9am Classic Service. Reflections, Epworth Ringers, and the Epworth Orchestra provide additional music throughout the year. Our young singers and ringers have the opportunity to participate in a mission tour each June. Under Dr. Aitken's direction, tour locations have included trips to Canada as well as nearly every major region of the United States.

REHEARSALS RESUME AUGUST 27 AT THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

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Epworth Chorale Youth Choir (grades 7-12)
Sundays • 2:30-4pm • Paul A. Aitken, Director

Reflections (grades 9-12, informal audition)
Sundays • 4-4:45pm • Paul A. Aitken, Director

Epworth Ringers (grades 7-12)
Sundays • 1:30-2:30pm • Anna Harbuck, Director

Epworth Orchestra (grades 7-12)
Sundays • 12:15-1:15 • Anna Harbuck, Director

 

 


Whether your tastes are classic or contemporary, we have a place for you. Our worship bands under the direction of Matt Roos (downtown), Layne Watkins (downtown), and Steve Kuykendall (Amity), are a great place to share your musical gifts. For the classically inclined, we offer the Amity Singers or the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Orchestra. Our contemporary ensembles, orchestra, and small groups require an informal audition; no audition is necessary for any of our choirs.

CATHEDRAL CHOIR REHEARSALS RESUME AUGUST 31 AT THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

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Cathedral Choir (Downtown)
Thursdays • 7-9pm • Paul A. Aitken, Director

Cathedral Ringers (Resumes September 6, Downtown)
Thursdays • 6-6:50pm • Paul A. Aitken & Anna Harbuck, Co-Directors

Cathedral Orchestra (Downtown)
Thursdays • 6-6:50pm • Paul A. Aitken & Anna Harbuck, Co-Directors

Amity Singers (Amity Campus)
Wednesdays • 6:30-8pm • Steve Kuykendall, Director

Downtown Band (informal audition)
Thursdays • 6:30pm • Layne Watkins & Matt Roos, Leaders

Amity Band (informal audition)
Wednesdays • 8-9:30pm • Steve Kuykendall, Leader

SMALL GROUPS

  • Cathedral Women's Choir (comprised of singers from the Cathedral Choir)
  • Cathedral Men's Choir (comprised of singers from the Cathedral Choir)
  • Cathedral Men's Quartet (informal audition as openings occur)
  • Grace Notes (open to female singers in the Cathedral Choir)
  • Cathedral Campanile (open to ringers by audition)
  • Cathedral Orchestra (open to intrumentalists by informal audition)
  • Cathedral Flute Choir (open to flautists by informal audition)
  • Cathedral Brass (open to brass players by informal audition)
  • Cathedral Winds (open to woodwind players by informal audition)

 


For the past several years, the Classic Service has been a welcoming place for instrumentalists of all abilities to join together with the sounds of the choir and organ to create a rich experience for all to enjoy. The Cathedral is the home of the Cathedral Orchestra (for adults) and, more recently, the Epworth Orchestra (for teens). Each of these ensembles is open by informal audition, so dust off the trumpet case and join us in creating a joyful sound!

 

Epworth Orchestra (grades 7-12)
Sundays • 12:15-1:15 • Anna Harbuck, Director

Cathedral Orchestra (adult)
Thursdays • 6-6:50pm • Paul A. Aitken & Anna Harbuck, Co-Directors

 

 

 


The 2017-18 year warmly welcomes the sixth season of our Cathedral Concert Series, which promises to be colored bright by spectacular sounds. Don’t miss out on all the wonderful ways we can celebrate this year through music! All concerts are held at 7:30pm at the Cathedral of the Rockies downtown campus.

  • September 8, 2017 • Our Friends: Featuring Willison Roos & More
  • October 13, 2017 • Friends of Jazz: Featuring Local Jazz Ensembles
  • November 10, 2017 • Old Friends: Featuring Paul Saik, Internationally Acclaimed Recording Artist
  • December 9 (4:30pm) & 10 (2 & 7pm), 2017 • Christmas at the Cathedral
  • February 2, 2018 • Friends of the Choir: Featuring Top-Rated Choral Ensembles
  • March 9, 2018 • Classic Friends: Featuring Classical Revolution: Boise
  • April 13, 2018 • New Friends: Featuring Rising Stars from our Local High Schools & Universities*
  • May 11, 2018 • Best Friends: Featuring Our Annual Broadway Variety Show

*If you are interested in participating in our youth concert, the Rising Stars Artistry, fill out this form and send it to the Music Ministry at 717 N. 11th Street, Boise, ID 83702.

If you would like to join our email list for updates on Cathedral Concerts, fill out the form below.

 

The Cathedral has always been a home to the artist. Whether you are an artist, an artist-at-heart, or a dreamer of dreams, we have a place for you at the Cathedral. With a variety of art ministries to choose from, we invite and empower you to explore, journey, and further develop your gift of creativity, giving you a place to grow artistically and spiritually.


heART ink • Contact: Meredith Messinger

heART ink. aims to provide an opportunity for emotional, physical, and spiritual growth and healing through the power of visual and performing arts. With fun and creative art programming, heART ink. fosters fellowship and faith within the church, while also reaching out to shelters, retirement homes, and hospitals throughout the Treasure Valley, bringing a team of teachers and innovative healing art projects to those in times of transition.

If you would be interested in helping out with this project, please contact Meredith Messinger.


Prayer Beads Ministry • Contact: Joye Lisk

Wednesdays • Beginning September 14 • 1-3pm

Prayer is powerful! The newly formed Prayer Bead Ministry at the Cathedral has been successful. We have given away 150+ prayer beads as a reminder that God hears our prayers and loves us more than we can imagine. In this class, you will learn a bit of history regarding how prayer beads have been used throughout the ages and how they are still used today in almost every culture and religion. Then you will learn to make your own prayer beads to take home or give to friends. Come and join the fun and create a meaningful string of prayer beads to bless you.


Light Chasers • Contact: Joye Lisk

Wednesdays • Beginning September 14 • 10am-noon

This class meets to stretch our souls with colors and paint brushes, each week. All skills are welcome to be a part of this art group with Joye Lisk instructing and sharing demos and techniques. 


Stations of the Cross • Contact: Jenny Willison

Each year during Lent, the Cathedral gathers a team of artists to revisit the scripture and create a part of Jesus’ journey to the cross. The tradition of The Stations of the Cross helps us all make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death. We invite artists of all mediums (water color, photography, fabric, woodworking, etc) to create the “scenes” and images that will serve as Stations of the Cross for our church and community.

Contact Jenny Willison if you’d be interested in being a part of this year’s Stations of the Cross


Cathedral Gallery • Contact: Ann Johnson or Lavaughn Wells 

Every month a different Cathedral artist is featured in the Cathedral Gallery, running the hall between the Sanctuary and the Emmaus Center. Enjoy works by photographers, painters, printmakers, illustrators, and more!