The Northminster Choir
The Northminster Choir typically leads the Sunday worship time. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and Sundays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. The repertoire is eclectic, making use of a wide range of compositional styles as appropriate in the worship setting. Selections range from early and baroque pieces, works of great classical and romantic era composers, and twentieth century compositions with innovative harmonies and rhythms, as in Benjamin Britten, to gospel and spiritual settings. Major works performed include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise, Vaughn Williams' Hodie, and John Rutter’s Gloria and Requiem. (Membership in the choir is open to all who love to sing.) Perfected musical skills are not a prerequisite. We only ask that you have a commitment to good church music, have some facility with printed-notation, and appreciate the value of and the satisfaction one gains from leading a well-executed worship experience.
The Sanctuary with its simple beauty, excellent acoustical property for vocal and chamber music, and intimacy, is perfect for recital programs. Northminster makes this space available to performers in the community including great performances by faculty and students of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. We also sponsor recitals by our own music staff and other performers both local and international. Notable figures have included Frederic Swann, internationally renowned organist, formerly of Riverside Church in New York and the Crystal Cathedral in Los Angeles, as well as performances throughout the year through the Piatigorsky Foundation in New York.
2017 Christmas Concert with Orchestra
Gloria from Christmas Concert
Hodie from Christmas Concert
April 2017 performance of Mozart's Requiem
Easter Choir Procession
Northminster's Choral Scholars
The choral scholar program at Northminster provides opportunities for students (most are from our local university, The University of Louisiana at Monroe) to participate in a traditional music ministry. They provide a consistent base of singers, soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, for our choir. There are opportunities for solo and ensemble work. They are exposed to a variety of good choral literature including major works such as Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem. The program is designed to enhance their musical experience and education and to provide our church members an opportunity to interact on a personal level with these bright and talented young people. The students receive a stipend to assist with expenses of their education. They greatly enhance the vitality of our church. We are committed to care for them and provide an enriching experience.
Milan Arpino, Soprano
Milan is from Monroe and graduated from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in May 2017. From September 2017 to July 2018 she was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Turin, Italy. During high school, she studied vocal performance with Dr. Claire Vangelisti and Mrs. Lisa Benner (LSMSA). Throughout junior high and high school, she was in numerous LMEA and ACDA choirs. In the summer of 2017 she sang in Carnegie Hall in New York City in a chorus under the direction of Dr. Chandler. While in Italy, she studied with Stefania Salierno and Maria Claudia Bergantin. She sang with Coro Liceo Volta in London at Royal Albert Hall, as well as singing at numerous events throughout Italy. Currently, she is a student at the University of Louisiana Monroe majoring in Risk Management and Insurance and a member of the University Chorale.
Morgan Meyer, Alto
Morgan is from West Monroe and graduated from West Ouachita High School and is a Junior at ULM majoring in Vocal Performance. She is in the ULM Concert Choir and has participated in operas. She has attended four NATS, a singing competition, and has placed 1st each time. She has studied under Pam Givens and Julian Jones and is currently studying with Clair Vangelisti.
Her hobbies include playing the ukulele, which she taught herself to play, and playing tennis (playing varsity in school) She is the youngest of three sisters and has one younger brother.
Ryan Kersh, Bass
Ryan is from West Monroe, a graduate of West Monroe High School. Ryan is enrolled as a music major at ULM and sings in both chamber and concert choir. He also has a background with opera and musical theatre and currently participates in productions at ULM. He studies with Dr. Mark Clark.
Ryan enjoys performing, writing music, photography and videography.