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

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


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. Register here.

Vickie Austin, Director; Jill Baus, Assistant


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. Register here.
Jennifer Whiting, Director; Katie Gibbons, Assistant

Men’s Chorus
Second and third Saturdays, 8–9 a.m., Choir Room
High School–Adult, tenors and basses
Phil Roberts, Director; Pam Connor, pianist

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
Jennifer Whiting, Director; Kevin Lange, pianist


Singers/instrumentalists for 11 a.m. worship

Thursdays, 6–7 p.m., Chapel

High School–Adult

Directors: Pam Connor | Lynda Goldberg


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



  • Friendship Singers

    Wednesdays, 6:00-6:45 p.m., Chapel
    Grades 1-5. Jennifer Whiting, Director; Katie Gibbons, Assistant
    This group will focus on developing their singing voices, making music with friends, and praising God in worship. Register here.


    Good News Ringers

    Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Bell Room

    Grades 3–6  Directors: Mrs. Nancy Brunner, Director; Ms. Jill Stoffels, Assistant
    Learn about ringing hand bells and reading music in this fun class. Register here.


    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 preschooler! This class caps at seven students and requires registration through the Gary United Methodist Church Office.


  • Instrumental Ensembles

    High School to Adult Strings, brass, or various combinations of instruments accompany the worship services at various times throughout the year. Jennifer Whiting oversees these special projects. We especially need brass, strings, percussion and winds on holidays such as Easter and Christmas, as well as on other Sundays. Please talk with Jennifer Whiting to participate!


    Student Solos and Ensembles

    Grades 6–12 – Jennifer Whiting, Director
    We invite our middle school and high school students to bring their musical talents to worship throughout the year, participating as soloists or in ensembles of singers and instrumentalists. Bill Phemister or Jennifer Whiting will coach and accompany these groups. Please contact Bill or Jennifer, or the Church Office to join a group.


    Glory Ringers

    Grades 7–12  and Adults– Directors: Ms. Kristin Kalitowski-Kowal, Ms. Jill Stoffels
    These handbell ringers enhance our worship once a month, September through May. Contact Kristin Kalitowski-Kowal through the Church Office to find out more.
    Rehearsals are Sundays at 11:00 a.m. - noon in the Bell Room.


    Chancel Choir

    High School to Adult sopranos, altos, tenors, basses
    Jennifer Whiting, Director; Kevin Lange, Pianist
    Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7-8 p.m., Choir Room.


    Men's Chorus

    High School to Adult – Phil Roberts, Director
    This chorus emphasizes fun and fellowship while developing vocal ensemble. All tenors and basses are welcome to sing!
    Rehearsals are second and third Saturdays of each month from 8–9 a.m. in the Choir Room.


    Celebration Sing-Along

    High School to Adult , sopranos and altos
    Director: Jennifer Whiting
    This group for for sopranos and altos is on hiatus until we can provide leadership.


    Festival Choir

    High School to Adult – Jennifer Whiting, Director

    This group will begin rehearsals in early 2024.

  • Adult Ensembles | With Heart and Hands and Voices

    "The music we experience in our services helps us to focus on God and others and how we should live as Christians in our world. The music offers moments for peaceful reflection, something that maybe we don't find as often as we need during the week. The encouragement and comfort the music brings can be a much-needed balm for the tired or distressed, a reminder that God is near. These things are meaningful to me, and it is a special joy to participate with people of all ages at Gary who love giving to others through music." — Beth Graves


    Chancel Choir

    High School to Adult - Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses
    Jennifer Whiting, Director; Kevin Lange, Pianist
    Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7–8:30 p.m. in the Choir Room.


    Men's Chorus

    High School to Adult tenors and basses
    Phil Roberts, Director

    This chorus emphasizes fun and fellowship while developing vocal ensemble. Rehearsals are second and third Saturday mornings, 8–9 a.m. in the Choir Room.


    Singers/instrumentalists for 11 a.m. worship

    Thursdays, 6–7 p.m., Chapel

    High School–Adult

    Directors: Pam Connor | Lynda Goldberg


    Celebration Sing-Along

    High School to Adult Sopranos and Altos–
    Jennifer Whiting, Director

    This group is on hiatus until we can find leadership.


    Festival Choir
    High School to Adult – Jennifer Whiting, Director
    Usually in late winter/early spring, this special choir shares music throughout an entire worship service. The music is the sermon for the day.


    Instrumental Ensembles

    High School to Adult

    Strings, brass, or combinations of instruments accompany the worship services at various times throughout the year. Jennifer Whiting oversees these special projects. Please speak with her to find out how you may share your instrumental gifts with our Gary Church family in Wheaton, IL or email jwhiting@garychurch.org.

  • We welcome all bell ringers at Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL to this vibrant ministry.


    Good News Ringers

    Grades 3–6 – Directors: Ms. Nancy Brunner, Ms. Jill Stoffels

    Learn about ringing hand bells and reading music in this fun class.  Contact Nancy Brunner through the Church Office for more information. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the Bell Room.


    Glory Ringers

    Grades 7–12, plus adults – Directors: Ms. Kristin Kalitowski-Kowal, Ms. Jill Stoffels
    Rehearsals are Sundays 11 a.m-noon in the Bell Room.


    Altar Bells

    High School to Adult– Phil Roberts, Director
    This advanced bell ensemble rehearses Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Bell Room. This group plays in worship approximately once per month.


    Sanctuary Ringers

    Adult –
    This group for adults with no handbell ringing experience is on temporary hiatus. If you are interested in ringing with this group, you are invited to consider joining Glory Ringers. Please contact Kristin Kalitowski-Kowal through the church office (office@garychurch.org) or call 630-668-3100.

  • 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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