Music is vital to the Lutheran tradition, and to congregational life at Advent. The Music Ministry exists to serve and enhance the worship life of Advent Lutheran Church. The volunteers and staff of the Music Ministry work cooperatively to integrate diverse and well-performed music into Advent’s worship services, to help each member of the congregation to worship God more deeply. Advent’s sanctuary is graced by a 1994 Steinway D concert grand piano, and our Casavant pipe organ. All are welcome to participate in Advent’s music ministry. Here are ways to get involved.
The Advent Chorale, a volunteer group, leads the congregation in song during weekly Sunday worship. The Chorale’s repertoire encompasses the full range of the church’s musical tradition, from the early medieval period through the Baroque, Classical and Romantic movements, and includes African-American spirituals and music by modern and contemporary composers.
If you can read music and enjoy singing in parts, we’d love to have you in the soprano, alto, tenor, or bass sections. Singing with the Advent Chorale is a great way to experience beautiful music, enjoy fellowship with other singers and musicians, and inspire the congregation in weekly worship. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm and on Sunday mornings immediately before the worship services. The Chorale typically presents pieces with chamber orchestra on Reformation Sunday and Good Friday.
If you’re interested in joining, contact the director of the Advent Chorale, Aaron Wunsch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who likes to sing is encouraged to join the Sunday Singers, a gathering of voices one Sunday per month at the 11 am service. The group is casual and fun, yet makes beautiful music. The group only rehearses at 10:15 am in the sanctuary, prior to the 11 am service of the performance.
If you’re interested, contact the director of the Sunday Singers, Frank Martignetti at email@example.com.
Youth & Children’s Music
The mission of Youth Music at Advent Lutheran Church is to build connections among our Christian Education, Youth Ministry, and worship life, inspiring and exciting children and youth about the word of God through music, rhythm, singing, and movement. Music has always played a vital role in the Christian tradition and is an essential way to express faith and belief.
Our location on the Upper West Side of Manhattan means many members of Advent are performing arts professionals, and many others are aspiring or retired musicians who are actively performing. These musicians, both singers and instrumentalists, perform regularly in church services, vocal and instrumental solos, duets, and ensembles. Our congregation’s diversity is reflected in past offerings, including jazz, arias and art songs, bluegrass, gospel, musical theater, and liturgical dance. Whether you are an accomplished professional or a gifted amateur, Advent has a place for you. If you are interested in sharing your musical gifts or participating in a special ensemble, please contact Frank Martignetti at firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Mondays offers monthly concerts of great music to the Upper West Side community. They brighten your Mondays with inspirational performances by today’s most exciting ensembles…for free! Join us after every concert for a casual reception, where you can meet the musicians and visit with other audience members. All concerts begin at 7:30 pm and admission is free.
Visit the Music Mondays website (musicmondays.org) for our current season!
Christopher H. H. Booth (1865-1939), Organist & Choirmaster at Advent from 1909-1939, was a composer who also accompanied at the Metropolitan Opera. He was one of the first to make records, recording both ragtime and opera (with singers such as Enrico Caruso!) His setting of The Lord’s Prayer was written for the opening ceremonies of the 1939 World’s Fair.
The Rev. John Garcia Gensel (1917-1998) began the nationally recognized Jazz Ministry during his time as Pastor at Advent (1956-1968), a ministry that still exists today at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in midtown.