Central United Methodist Church has a long and rich tradition of musical excellence. We welcome people of all ages and musical experience, preschool to senior citizen, novice to professional. Come and make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Chancel Choir contact
Chancel Choir

The fifty-voice Chancel Choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. service most Sundays from September through June. The choir is open to all singers 7th grade through adult and sings music of varying styles, ranging from Renaissance motets to spirituals. Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. and Sundays 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Adult Handbell contact

Adult Handbell Choir

The Adult Handbell Choir rehearses Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. We perform throughout the year for Sunday services and enjoy making great music and the fellowship that this group offers.  We are a very supportive and patient group - new ringers are encourages to come join us!

 Youth Handbells & Choristers contactChoristers
The Choristers is our choir for singers 3rd through 6th grades. We rehearse Sunday mornings at 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. in room 306 and perform throughout the year including performances on Christmas Eve and our Spring Musical!

Youth Handbell Choir
The Youth Handbell Choir is our handbell choir for youth 7th through 12th grade. We perform throughout the year for worship services and rehearse Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. All youth are invited to join us!

The Well Music Team

The Well Music Team leads music at the 9:00 a.m. service most Sundays from September through June. We have a wonderful core of musicians, but we’re always looking to expand our team.

The Well Band at Central

Messiah Sing Information

Central celebrated its 35th Annual Messiah Sing in 2013. What started as a kitchen-table conversation three decades ago, has become a cherished tradition for Central and the Traverse City Area.  The Messiah Sing, now under the direction of Byron Hanson, is a joyous beginning to the Christmas season, taking place each year in the beginning of December.  All are welcome.

Messiah Sing

Tom Bara, organist

Quick Links

Recordings from Chancel Choir, Well Band and guest performers.

Director of Music

Church Organist

Choral Accompanist

Adult Handbells

Youth Handbells, Choristers