Church Music Programs
Through diverse church music programs, Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver, Colorado is committed to the pursuit of beauty, excellence, and glory to God!
Our church choirs and contemporary music groups represent the full spectrum of Christian music — from the rich choral traditions and congregational hymns of our Presbyterian heritage to more modern expressions of church worship.
If you would like to get involved in one of the finest church music programs in Denver, please explore our:
Traditional adult choir: “The Sanctuary Choir”
Wellshire’s adult choir adds to the powerful experience of worship on Sunday mornings in Denver, Colorado. This gifted choir is united in the pursuit of beautiful choral singing to the glory of God.
Our adult choir prepares approximately 75 music titles for worship each year — as well as major choral works accompanied by orchestra, our Casavant pipe organ and other instrumental ensembles. Our adult church choir excels at singing carols, anthems and major sacred works, including:
- Archer’s Requiem
- Bach’s Cantata 62, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland; Cantata 80, Ein feste Burg; Cantata 131, Aus der Tiefe; Cantatas I & III from Christmas Oratorio; and Magnificat
- Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Festival Te Deum
- Chilcott’s Requiem
- Duruflé’s Requiem
- Fauré’s Requiem
- Finzi’s In Terra Pax
- Handel’s Messiah
- Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass
- Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna
- Mechem’s Seven Joys of Christmas
- Rutter’s Magnificat and Requiem
- Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio
- Susa’s Carols and Lullabies
- Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Five Mystical Songs and The First Nowell
- Wood’s A Service of Darkness
Click here to view a more complete list of Choral and Orchestral Works that have been presented.
Our adult Sanctuary Choir consists of bright, hard-working professionals who love music. Many majored in music in college or sang in their college or high school choirs. Some sing in auditioned community groups including Canto Deo, Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Kantorei, and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir. They have a substantial knowledge of church music and a great appreciation for fine choral singing. Their Section Leader staff presently includes Wendi Sue Grover and Sara Michael, sopranos; Brad Larson, tenor; and Larry Meerdink, baritone. Matt Weissenbuehler sings at Wellshire in memory of Dr. Donald Fink.
Rehearsal for our traditional adult choir takes place once a week at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening. Please refer to our events calendar for details.
If your background includes singing beautiful choral music in worship and you’re looking for one of the finest church music programs in Denver, please consider the adult choir at Wellshire!
Contemporary Christian music groups for adults: “Confluence Contemporary Worship Band ” and “Celebration Singers”
Our Presbyterian church in Denver recognizes that worship evolves and changes, including Christian music. With that in mind, our church music programs proudly include modern musical groups, in addition to our traditional church choirs.
Confluence Contemporary Worship Band
Confluence, our Christian band, enlivens our contemporary worship service with uplifting Christian music. This local church music group includes a basic rhythm section (such as guitars, bass and drums), a piano and a quartet of lead singers. Under the direction of Donna Wickham, these talented musicians accompany our congregation in singing.
The Celebration Singers choral group sings a variety of contemporary music for Living Water worship under the direction of Tegan Palmer. The music is not memorized but is generally accompanied and accessible in a 4-part texture. The group rehearses from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday nights and sing most Sundays during the year at the 9:00 am service. Interested? Contact Tegan Palmer or Michael Pohlenz. New members are always welcome!
A full music experience for Children and Youth on Sunday mornings: “Children’s Music” and “Youth Music”
Wellshire’s Children’s Music program at 9:55 am has soared into a full music education experience. Incorporating musical instruments, this inclusive program under the direction of Juli Dowell gives kids and youth their own time for both music and education and also enables families to attend either worship service. Children’s Music instills songs of the faith and supplements faith development; student musicians explore sacred music in a creative, hands-on approach while still sharing prepared music in worship.
The Youth Music program is geared for 6th – 12th graders and meets at 12:15 pm.
Our church handbell choir: “Celebration Ringers”
About once a month, the church handbell choir at Wellshire accentuates our traditional and contemporary worship services with melodic Christian music. Typically, our handbell choir is an adult choir, though high school students are welcome as well.
If you would like to explore this church choir, please contact Sue Hahn to schedule a conversation. There are a limited number of spaces in our handbell choir. A background in music is preferred.
The beautiful pipe organ in the Wellshire Sanctuary was built and installed by Casavant Frères of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada in 1979. Learn more and listen to audio samples of the organ here.