Music at Cross of Life


MUSIC SHOWCASE SERIES hit a high note at Cross of Life!


Read more about this great event by clicking HERE ... 
and thanks to all who joined us for these free concerts
held October 2015-February 2016!






In our music, God is glorified ... and music is a very important part of worship at Cross of Life!


Music enriches our worship services and the lives of those who participate. There are opportunities for people of all ages to become involved in music at Cross of Life. We always welcome new choir members and we invite you to use your talents for the glory of God. We don't label our worship services as "traditional" or "contemporary" as we recognize those terms mean different things to different people. Our mantra is "good music is good music" - whether it's a hymn sung with the organ or piano and guitars ... or an anthem played by our handbell choir or sung by our adult choir or one of our children's choirs ... or an offering shared by an experienced or beginning musician.

Please check below for ways you can glorify God through the gift of music, then join us!


ADULT CHOIRS are open to High School Students and Adults. They rehearse weekly from September through May.



Gloria Dei Handbell Choir meets Tuesdays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Previous handbell experience is not required, but some ability to read music is needed. We are always looking for subs as well if you would like to fill in occasionally. Contact Christine Bjorklund at tbjork33@gmail.com for more info. (And check out our video below!)





Adult Vocal Choir meets Tuesdays from 7:15-8:15 p.m. This group is open to all adults and high school students who enjoy singing and are willing to share their talents in worship. The style of music varies and includes spirituals, classical, contemporary and traditional pieces. Child care is provided during rehearsals! For more info contact Molly Pufall-Brown 
at mpufall@gmail.com. 


 

Molly Pufall is our new Director of Adult Vocal Ensembles


Our Director of Adult Vocal Ensembles is Molly Pufall-Brown, who joined us on September 1, 2015. She can be reached at mpufall@gmail.com. Molly holds a BA in Music from Millikin University and a Master of Music from Northern Illinois University. She served as an Assistant Professor of Music and the Performance and Audition Coordinator at Alverno College since 2008. To read Molly's full Bio, click HERE.
 



 


YOUTH CHOIRS are available for Sunday School students in Preschool through High School. These choirs are an important way for our kids to enjoy music, serve through worship and enjoy community in a small group. Each choir rehearses weekly and performs approximately once per month from September through May; see schedule below.



A Joyful Noise (Pre-K & K) meets Mondays from 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Our youngest musicians enjoy singing, playing musical games and reading stories.







 

Celebration Choir (Gr. 1-2) meets Mondays from 5:30-6:15 p.m.
During rehearsals the children sing, play hand chimes and play musical games.






Sonshine Choir (Gr. 3-6) meets Mondays from 6:15-7:00 p.m.
Students in this choir sing and play musical instruments, including handbells.







Alleluia Handbell Choir (Gr. 6-8) meets Mondays from 7:00-7:45 p.m.
This choir rehearses beginning / intermediate level handbell music to play in worship.







Hosanna Handbell Choir (Gr. 9-12) meets Mondays from 7:45-8:30 p.m.
Our newest choir rehearses intermediate level handbell music to play in worship.





For more info about our Youth Choirs contact Christine Standley, Director of Music Ministry, at chris@crossoflife.org or 262-785-9420.






WORSHIP BAND
Our Worship Band leads worship two weekends per month. Guitarists, bass players, drummers and vocalists are encouraged to participate in this group. Join us for Rehearsals at COL: Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. For more information about scheduling and rehearsals, contact Ben Leon at bjamin9@gmail.com. ALL are welcome to play and/or sing with us! There are no major commitments, there's no stress, and it's a FUN group. Come see for yourself!







Ben Leon joined us as Worship Band Director on October 1, 2014. Ben leads this group that was newly formed under his direction. All are welcome to play and/or sing with us, so check out the rehearsal schedule above!









INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC adds to the texture and depth of our music program. Instrumentalists are invited and encouraged to play in worship throughout the year.

Brass Ensemble: Our brass ensemble plays each year at Christmas and Easter. Any brass player Grade 7-Adult is welcome to participate. Two or three rehearsals are scheduled before each performance.


String Ensemble: Our string ensemble plays each year at Christmas at various other times during the year. Any strings player, Grade 7-Adult is welcome to participate. Two or three rehearsals are scheduled before each performance.


Pianists: We are always looking for pianists who are willing to share a special piece in worship. Whether you are a beginner, advanced, or somewhere in between, there is a place for you! If you take piano lessons, church is a great venue to showcase some of the music you have learned. If you no longer take lessons, worship is still a great place to share music you have been practicing on your own. Music should be church appropriate (no pop tunes or show tunes).


For more info or to schedule a time to play, please contact Christine Standley, Directory of Music Ministry, at chris@crossoflife.org or 262-785-9420.



SAMPLE OUR MUSIC! Click on the links below:
COL Gloria Dei Handbell Choir and CTK Handbell Choir Combined
Cross of Life’s Gloria Dei Handbell Choir and Christ the King's Handbell Choir rang together at COL on February 23, 2014, and at CTK on March 2, 2014. In this video they are playing Brethren, We Have Met to Worship,” arrangement by Bob Burroughs.

COL & CTK Kiddie Cantata: “Land of the Lost & Found
The children’s choirs from Cross of Life (preschool-grade 5), along with children from Christ the King, joined together for a very special musical presentation, “Land of the Lost and Found: A Musical Encounter with the Parables.” This “kiddie cantata” told the story of God’s love for us through the parables of the Lost Coin, the Lost Sheep and the Prodigal Son. Sung at both COL and CTK on February 16, 2014, this presentation was an edited version of the children’s musical created by Kim Ingram, Joe Milton and Heather Olson, published by Open Hearth Musicals.