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.
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 Marie 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.
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
Led by Carole Humphrey
Genesis Dancers (kindergarten–2nd grade) & Alleluia Dancers (3rd–12th grades)
Summer is passionate about helping young people feel free, empowered and embodied through unscripted, authentic movement. 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.