Wellshire choirChurch 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

Our traditional adult choir: “The Sanctuary Choir”

Wellshire’s auditioned adult choir adds to the powerful experience of worship on Sunday mornings in Denver, Colorado. This gifted 60-voice church 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 PacemFive Mystical Songs and The First Nowell
  • Wood’s A Service of Darkness

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; Ken Zimmerman and Brad Larson, tenors; and, John Schaak and Larry Meerdink, bass.  David Farwig and Matt Weissenbuehler sing at Wellshire in memory of Dr. Donald Fink.  View music presently being prepared for worshipanthems sung in worship under the direction of Dr. Pohlenz since September 2003, and the current choir rehearsal schedule.

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! Membership is by audition.

The Wellshire Sanctuary Choir is conducted by Dr. Michael Pohlenz, Director of Music Ministries. Learn about Michael or send him an email if you have questions.

Contemporary adult music ensembles

True NorthContemporary Christian music groups for adults: “Confluence” 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, 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 lead singer. These talented musicians accompany our congregation in singing.

Celebration Singers

Do you enjoy singing?  Wellshire’s Living Water service is looking for new voices for the Celebration Singers (previously called True North).  This choral group will sing a variety of contemporary music for Living Water worship, which resumes on Jubilee Sunday, September 7.  The music will not be memorized but generally will be accompanied and accessible in a 4-part texture.  While new members are always welcome, there’s no better time to start than now as we begin a new year.  The group rehearses from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday nights beginning August 27 and sing most Sundays during the year at the 9:00 am service.  Interested? Contact Tegan Palmer or Michael Pohlenz.  Sanctuary Choir singers are welcome to join this group as well!

Youth church music group

Vespers Band at the 2014 Wellshire's Got Talent fundraiserA church music group for Denver youth: “Vespers Band”

Vespers Band is the local youth band at Wellshire Church. Made up of middle school and high school students, this Denver church music group includes a guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and more. The band provides musical leadership for youth group worship on Sunday evenings and is directed by Tom and Allison McQueen.

Children’s choir

A full music experience for Children and Youth on Sunday mornings: “ReSound Music”

ReSound KidsWellshire’s Children’s Choir (previously called Sound Seekers) has soared into a full music education experience – ReSound! Incorporating musical instruments, this all-new 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. ReSound instills songs of the faith and supplements faith development; student musicians will spend more time exploring sacred music in a creative, hands-on approach while still sharing prepared music in worship.

Church handbell choir

Our church handbell choir: “Celebration Ringers”

Celebration RingersOur handbell choir is one of our distinctive church music programs.

About once a month, the church handbell choir at Wellshire accentuates our traditional and contemporary church worship services with melodic Christian music. Typically, our handbell choir is an adult choir, though we welcome high school students 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 Denver handbell choir. A background in music is preferred.