"Speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart." Ephesians 5:19

Everyone is welcome!  Through our music...

  • We praise God.
  • We grow closer to God.
  • We tell others about God. 
  • We bless the congregation.
  • We make something beautiful.
  • We grow closer to one another.


Share your musical gifts this summer
Do you sing or play an instrument? We’d love to hear your musical gifts in worship this summer! Let us know which Sundays you’re available between May 26 and Sept. 1.


Employment opportunity: Director of Music

As an integral part of the Leadership Team at Gary Church, the Director of Music will work with staff to plan, administer and implement programming associated with music ministry, including coordinating activities of current and future music groups and providing opportunities for congregational members to grow in their faith and proclaim God’s love through music ministry.

 

The Director of Music shall possess a degree of prayer and integrated spirituality to be able to live with the ambiguities of daily life and realistic expectations of the music created by the congregation of Gary Church. The Director also serves as a director or accompanist for one or more of Gary’s musical ensembles.

 

Duties and responsibilities include: Leadership, Ministry Planning, Planning & Coordination, Relationship Building and Communication.


Full job description (Director of Music) Employment application


Below is a sampling of many of our music groups. Click the upper left of the video for the drop down menu to view a specific group.

Cherubs
Wednesdays, 5:50–6:30 p.m., Choir Room
Age 3–Kindergarten
This group explores music through rhythm and movement, and each child is accompanied by an adult who participates in the class. It’s a fun way to spend time with your little one.


Friendship Singers
Wednesdays, 6–6:45 p.m., Chapel
Grades 1–5
This group will focus on developing their singing voices, making music with friends, and praising God in worship.


Gary Youth Band

Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Gamon Hall

Do you play an instrument? Want to learn an instrument? Love to sing? Come and join us as we play worship music together. All skill levels welcome. Contact Youth Director Dan Lee to learn more.


Men’s Chorus
Second and third Saturdays, 8–9 a.m., Choir Room
High School–Adult, tenors and basses

Celebration Singers
This group for for adult sopranos and altos is on hiatus until we can provide leadership.

Chancel Choir
Thursdays, 7–8:30 p.m., Choir Room
High School–Adult, sopranos, altos, tenors, basses


Collective Joy!

Thursdays, 6–7 p.m., Sanctuary, sings/plays at 11 a.m. worship

High School–Adult


Festival Choir and Orchestra
Meets weekly at the beginning of the year to sing and play in worship before Lent. The music is the sermon for the day.


Please contact the Church Office to find out more about our singing groups!


  • The original organ in the present building was built in 1930 by the Austin Organ Company of Hartford, Connecticut at a cost of $15,900. It contained 26 ranks and was divided between two chambers located in the Chancel of the Church and completely under expression. It was an instrument of 3-manuals plus pedal and served Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL, for 60 years without change. In 1990, a solid-state combination action was installed in the console and a few tonal additions made.

    In 2003, the Bradford Organ Company of Evanston, Illinois took charge of the maintenance. Under their direction, several tonal changes and additions were made and a completed specification drawn up based upon plans set forth in 1990. In 2006, the console underwent a complete renovation including new stop jambs and keyboards. At present, the organ contains 45 ranks plus console preparations for 3 digital ranks in the pedal.

    A trompette-en-chamade was added in 2011 and first used on Easter Sunday that year.



    Organ: Austin Organ Company, 1930 (Op 1737)

            Rebuilt, tonal additions, 1990

            Console rebuilt, tonal additions, 2006-2011


    GREATSWELL
    16'Gemshorn (Ch)16'Lieblich Gedeckt
    8'Diapason8'Diapason
    8'Bourdon8'Gedeckt
    8'Gamba8'   Salicional
    4'Octave8'  Voix Celeste
    4'Harmonic Flute4'Principal
    2'Fifteenth4'Flat Traverso
    IVFourniture2 2/3'Nazard
    16'Contra Tromba2'Flautino
    8'Tromba1 3/5'Tierce
    ChimesIIIMixture
    16'Contra Trumpet
    8'Cornopean
    8'Oboe
    8'Vox Humana
    4'Clarion
    Tremelo


    CHOIRPEDAL
    16'Gemshorn *32'Double Open Wood
    8'Rohr Flute32'Contra Bourdon
    8'Gemshorn*16'Open Diapason
    8'Gemshorn Celeste16'Principal
    4'Koppel Flute16"  Bourdon
    2'Spitz Flute16'Lieblich Gedeckt (Sw)
    1 1/3'Quint16"  Gemshorn (Gh)
    IIIScharf8'  Octave
    8'Trumpet-en-Chamade8'Flute
    8'Clarinet4'Choral Bass
    Harp*32''Contra Bombarde
    Celesta16'16'  Trombone
    Cymbelstem16'16'  Contra Trumpet (Sw)
    Tremolo8'Trumpet
    4'Clarion


    * Console Preparation Only


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