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!

Special Music Archive - Listen to selected songs taken from our services.

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 Choir

The Adult Handbell Choir rehearses Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 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 encouraged to join us!

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 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All youth are invited to join us!

Cherub Choir & Choristers

Our children's choirs perform each week during the 11 am service.  Cherubs, K-2, performs the first Sunday and Choristers, 3-5 grade, performs the 3rd Sunday.  The Cherub Choir will be introduced to the beginning singing technique, learn songs that will grow in difficulty throughout the year to help the kids grow and learn music skills.  The Chorister Choir will be introduced to beginning singing technique and beginning music reading skills, learn songs and introduce harmonies and part-singing.  Most importantly, having fun while singing.  Rehearsal is on Wednesday evenings for both choirs.  Performance warm-up is Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for the choir that is performing. Come make a joyful noise! 

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.

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.

Tom Bara, organist

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Music Director - Jeffrey Cobb
Organist - Thomas Bara
Choral - Michael Coonrod
Handbells - Lynne Lombard
Children's Music - Jody Burns