Music Programs

Through diverse church music programs, Wellshire Presbyterian Church 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, please explore our:

Traditional adult choir: “The Sanctuary Choir”

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 PacemFive 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.

View a list of anthems sung in worship since September 2003.

Rehearsal for our traditional adult choir takes place once a week at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening.

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!

The Wellshire Sanctuary Choir is conducted by Christine Gaudreau. Please send an email if you have questions.

Contemporary Christian music groups for adults: “Confluence Contemporary Worship Band ” and “Celebration Singers”

Our Presbyterian church 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 worship services 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. Contact Christine Gaudreau to learn more.

Celebration Singers

The Celebration Singers choral group sings a variety of contemporary music for worship under the direction of Tegan Palmer.  The group rehearses from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday nights.  Interested? Contact Tegan Palmer.  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 10:05 am has soared into a full music education experience. Incorporating musical instruments, this inclusive program 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 4:15pm on Sundays. 

Our church handbell choir: “Celebration Ringers”

Our 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 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 Sanctuary Casavant Organ

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.