The music program and choir of Good Samaritan enriches our worship by leading the congregation in song and drawing our attention to God’s love and grace through the beauty of music. Using a variety of musical styles, from traditional hymns to contemporary songs, music plays an essential role in our 10:30 service (9:30 during the summer months) by providing us songs and words to express the depths of our faith. Our choir also leads us in special services such as Advent Lessons & Carols, Christmas Eve, and during Holy Week.
The Good Samaritan choir is always looking for new voices, and we welcome musicians of all levels to participate. We also welcome soloists and instrumentalists to offer their talents on an ongoing, periodic, or one-time basis. The choir is currently on hiatus, but there are still opportunities to lead singing as part of our online services.
During the pandemic, the choir will not sing in Sunday services. Re-introduction of the choir into Sunday services (hopefully around Advent 2021) will depend on the state of the pandemic (according to the most up-to-date research).
Thursday evening choir rehearsals will resume in September 2021 as a way to resume the routine of meeting together, to continue building musical skills, and to brainstorm together creative ways to help the congregation explore music and singing during this time when the safety of singing together is still unsure. Rehearsals will follow safety protocols: shorter length, distanced, masked, and with open doors for ventilation when we can.
While the choir’s participation is limited, we have a continuing need of volunteers to serve as Vocal Leaders. Vocal Leaders lead the in-person and online congregation by singing all the sung musical portions of the service. They sing behind a plexiglass barrier and use a microphone in order to project their voice into the sanctuary as well as broadcast their voice through our video stream.
For more information about music at Good Samaritan or to express interest in offering your musical talents, please contact Nathan Shiu.