MUSIC & ARTS
FESTIVAL OF ARTS
The Chancel Choir begins the new choir year with rehearsal on Thursday, August 3 at 7 PM (moving soon to 7:30 PM). The choir is open to all persons high school age and older. No audition is required, only a love for singing and a commitment to the rehearsal and worship schedule. To learn more, email Director of Music, Worship & Arts and Organist, John Hutchinson, here.
Each Monday morning, Director of Music, Worship & Arts and Organist, John Hutchinson, releases a new video of piano, organ, or vocal music using hymn tunes and beloved classic pieces. Hundreds of videos are available by clicking here to view his YouTube page.
The Chancel Choir is the primary worship ensemble for 11 a.m. worship. Singing music ranging from Renaissance to Jazz, the Chancel Choir is open to all persons High School age and older. There are no audition requirements, only a desire to sing and a willingness to commit to rehearsing and leading worship. The Chancel Choir rehearses each Thursday evening from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the choir room. To learn more, email John Hutchinson.
STUDENT CHORAL ENSEMBLE
The Student Choral Ensemble is for High School age youth and rehearses with the Chancel Choir on Thursday evenings from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Like the Chancel Choir, there are no audition requirements. Through the SCE, there are opportunities for solos and to lead worship at 8:45 in small groups (quartets, trios, etc.) To learn more, email John Hutchinson.
The Chancel Handbell Choir is active and a vital part of the Music and Arts Ministry. The group currently has a waiting list for participation but is always seeking available substitutes. If you are interested in being on the waiting list or being a substitute ringer, email John Hutchinson.
Guest Instrumentalists are used throughout the year to enhance the traditional worship services. If you are interested in leading worship in this way, email John Hutchinson to arrange an audition.
Children’s Choirs are paused but will return.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, WORSHIP & ARTS
John Hutchinson is a native of New Mexico and West Texas having been raised in a parsonage household by United Methodist parents. His father, Bishop William W. Hutchinson served as the resident Bishop of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church from 2000 until 2012. His mother, Kay A. Hutchinson is a skilled musician both as performer and teacher.
The Hutchinson Organ was built over the course of several years beginning in 2014 and concluding in 2018. The console shell was originally built in 1930 as Opus 1400 by the Casavant Organ Company of Canada and has served in multiple locations in both Canada and the United States in churches and private residences.