Welcome Our New Director of Music!

Welcome our new Music Director

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1536250578328{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Christine GaudreauWellshire Presbyterian Church is pleased to welcome its new Director of Music and Worship Arts, Christine Gaudreau. Christine brings many years of experience in both traditional and contemporary worship music settings as well as in musical theatre incorporating many musical and vocal styles and instrumentation ranging from jazz to pop to rock. She will join us the end of September.

The Search Committee and Dr. Bell found Christine to be accomplished and comfortable with traditional and contemporary worship music, and she has many exciting ideas for keeping worship music fresh and interesting to Wellshire members. She brings an extensive knowledge and music vocabulary across multiple genres and a spirit of joy through music.[/vc_column_text][mk_custom_box corner_radius=”3″ bg_color=”#ced9ed”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1536250299670{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

What others have to say about Christine:

  • “I joined the Evergreen Chorale after the church I go to stopped having a choir, and it has been such a blessing in my life. It is pure joy to work with Christine. I’ve worked with many directors, and she’s just about the best, if not THE best, I’ve ever sung under.”
  • “Christine makes everyone a better singer. She expects big things, and she gets it, but in a loving way.”
  • “You can’t go wrong with Christine; her musicianship is what really sets her apart.”

[/vc_column_text][/mk_custom_box][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1536250498766{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Christine holds degrees in voice performance, music education and music history, and a Master of Arts in Choral Conducting. She has served as Music Coordinator for Christ Congregational Church since 2011 and has previously served over 30 years as Music Director for UCC, Methodist, and Lutheran congregations in California, North Carolina, and Colorado. Christine effectively introduced and incorporated praise, gospel, and world music into her previous churches’ worship offerings.

Additionally, she is in her ninth season as the Artistic and Musical Director of the Evergreen Chorale, directing the 80+ voice chorale and providing musical direction for a wide variety of musical theater productions. In her time with the Chorale, she has been able to expand membership and artistic reach, establishing partnerships with such noted groups as the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, Colcannon, The Queen City Jazz Band, Fiesta Colorado, Rocky Mountain Brass Works, Kutandara, and the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra.

In July 2016, Christine led the Evergreen Chorale on a European Tour, visiting Italy, Austria, and Germany. During the tour they had the privilege of singing for mass at St. Mark’s in Venice, the Salzburg Dom in Austria, and in the Regensburg Cathedral in Germany.

We are excited to welcome Christine to Wellshire!

Scott Campbell, Mary Christ, Katy Fink-Johnson, Deby Brown, John Ruby, and John Bell.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Variations on a Theme ~ July 3, 2016

Rev. Bill Davis, Guest Preacher

July 3, 2016

Psalm 150

The Rev. Bill Davis (pastor at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Northglenn, husband of the Rev. Katie Robb Davis, and cellist) visited Wellshire during the Create-ivity: Living Artfully Summer Sermon Series to preach on the art of music and play his cello.

About the artist: The Rev. Bill Davis is pastor of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Northglenn, Colorado and the husband of Wellshire’s Rev. Katie Robb Davis. A graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and Candler School of Theology, Bill focused his studies on liturgical practice and theology (what we do in worship and why we do it). When he’s not stirring up too much trouble around the church, he can be found hanging out with Katie and their son, Coulter. Bill serves the wider denomination in the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators and by planning Montreat Youth Conferences.

Congratulations To The Vocal Jazz Messengers!

Vocal Jazz Messengers

Congratulations, Vocal Jazz Messengers

Vocal Jazz MessengersDonna Wickham, the director of Living Water worship’s instrumental ensemble Confluence, also directs the Vocal Jazz Messengers, a student jazz combo at DU that writes and arranges all of its own music. Two members of the combo, Brendan Schuster and Samantha Barrasso, sing in Living Water worship, and Hudson Knott regularly subs on bass. The Vocal Jazz Messengers were recently awarded the most prestigious international jazz award for student musicians, the Downbeat Award for Outstanding Performance for Small Vocal Jazz Group at an Undergraduate College. Thanks to these musicians for sharing their incredible talents at Wellshire to the glory of God!

On Sunday, May 29, Wellshire’s summer worship schedule starts with its combined service at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary. During the summer (May 29 – September 4), the whole of Wellshire Church worships together within one service. The service order is a standard Presbyterian form, but the worship leaders engender a more casual style of worship leadership in step with the summer months in Colorado. Childcare is available for children ages six weeks through preschool.

Worship on Sunday, May 29 at 10:00 am features the Vocal Jazz Messengers in a program of Brazilian praise and gospel jazz music.

View a sneak peek video of the Vocal Jazz Messengers on Facebook here.