Music

Plymouth’s extraordinary music is under the direction of internationally renowned choral leader and organist Philip Brunelle.

Music in worship ranges from works by contemporary composers, including commissioned world premieres, to sacred music from past centuries—expressing hallowed values and modern understandings of our relationship to the Divine.

Jazz pianist Laura Caviani is our First Service Music Director.

Senior Choir

Led by Philip Brunelle
The Plymouth Choir sings for Sunday services throughout the year, except during July and August. Membership is by audition. The Senior Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. In June, summer volunteers are welcomed. Our soloists are Maria Jette, Jenny French, Lisa Drew, Dan Dressen and James Bohn.

Children and Youth Arts

The Wednesday evening program provides classes for children and youth in Plymouth’s musical and fine arts tradition. The vocal and bell choirs (except for Young Voices) participate in Sunday morning worship services throughout the program year.
Register here for 2019–2020.

Young Voices (ages 2–5 years)
Led by Maria Gisselquist
A non-performance music experience for our youngest singers.

Cherub Choir (kindergarten–2nd grade) & Chorister Choir (3rd–6th grade)
Led by Marie Scholtz
Our young singers are led to sing with joy and precision while they learn about the composers and cultural context of the pieces that perform in both the family-friendly First Service and the larger Sanctuary service.

Youth Choir (grades 7–12)
Led by Siri Keller
Youth perform choral pieces ranging from folk hymns and spirituals to contemporary pieces in a variety of languages. To join, a music background is helpful, but not required; love of singing is essential.

Handbells

Adult Handbells
Led by Timothy O’Grady
Handbell ringing has been a Plymouth music tradition for decades. The main objective is to provide music for worship on a monthly basis and Christmas Eve at the late service, along with one community service performance each year and other periodic events at Plymouth and with the Plymouth Choir. Tryouts are not necessary but ringers must read music and have some rhythm skills.

Children’s and Youth Handbell Choirs
Introductory Bells (3rd–6th graders eligible)
Intermediate Ringers (7th graders and older)

Led by Timothy O’Grady

Dance

Led by Carole Humphrey

Genesis Dancers (kindergarten–2nd grade) & Alleluia Dancers (3rd–12th grades)

The dance program is designed to give children and youth the opportunity to explore their spirituality through movement. Carole draws on a wide variety of music and dance traditions and forms to enable children and youth to discover the joy of dance in a supportive, nurturing environment. Learning to dance and participating in First Services are highlights of the dance program.

About Our Organ

From the church’s founding in 1857, each of Plymouth’s sanctuaries has housed a pipe organ built by some of America’s finest builders, including Hook & Hastings, Aeolian-Skinner and, since 1981, Holtkamp. The present organ is renowned as one of the finest in Minnesota, equally attuned for hymn playing, anthem accompaniment and solo organ repertoire. Philip Brunelle is only the third person to serve as Plymouth’s Organist-Choirmaster since 1900.

MUSICAL MOMENT

with Philip Brunelle

Jazz Trio Concert