The hymns we sing as a congregation and the anthem texts the choirs offer help to shape our faith, and they enrich our worship by supporting and expanding on the Scriptures and sermon themes each week. Likewise, varied instrumental music supports and enhances the worship message.
The Chancel Choir of adult singers provides the primary music leadership in worship most Sundays from September through June.
These singers, grades 6–12, provide music in worship once a month.
These third through fifth graders lead in worship once a month and participate in Knollwood's Hymns for a Lifetime memorization program.
These first and second graders learn fundamental musical concepts through activities, games, and singing; they lead in worship four or five times a year.
Adult ringers present sacred music for 5–6 octaves of handbells and handchimes once a month in worship and participate in the annual OctoberRing handbell festival.
Youth in grades 9–12 and adult mentors ring hymn arrangements, classical music transcriptions, and original sacred works for worship once a month.
Youth grades 6–8 build on fundamentals of music reading and ringing as they prepare intermediate-level music for worship once a month.
On festival Sundays, our brass ensemble adds an extra level of joy and energy to worship. The group is open to any high school or adult brass player of intermediate ability.
If you play any instrument—woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, piano, or guitar—and would like to participate in our music ministry, please let Lauren Winkelman know.
In addition, the third through fifth graders in the Chapel Choir participate in our Hymns for a Lifetime memorization program, where they pass off one stanza of 20 hymns each year for three years. There are benchmark awards of engraved hymnals after the first two years, and then after memorizing 60 hymns children earn a trophy and a place on the plaque displayed in the choir room.
These rewards are fun incentives, but the true reward is the seed of God’s Word planted in the hearts and minds of these children. We hope that each family has a hymnal at home to use for devotions or family singing. New hymnals are available in the music office.
We at Knollwood share a deep desire to spread the joy of music to new generations—both within and beyond our congregation. Toward this goal, Knollwood hosts several lesson programs for those who want to explore their musical talents.