Music Ministries

Choir, Handbells & More!

"The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other is by music."—Jonathan Edwards 

Music has always been an integral part of worship and community at ECOTA. We make music of all kinds together to express our joy and our grief, our gratitude and depth of spirit. As we make music together (often intergenerationally), we also build and bind our community together as we share life and faith in the melodies and harmonies we produce together. We welcome all singers and players of any age who want to make music with us!

If you have questions about Choir or Handbells, contact our Music Director, Clifton "Jerry" Noble. 


Singing Our Spirit

The ECOTA Choir loves to sing and they would welcome you warmly into their ranks.  The ability to read music is an asset, but not a necessity.  All are welcome. We rehearse at 7:00 p.m. every Thursday evening and contribute at least one anthem at the 10:00 a.m. service on the Sunday following.  We explore all kinds of music from classics by Mozart, Bach, and Bruckner to African-American Spirituals, Zulu Praise Songs, Irish tunes, and revival roof-raisers like Hank Williams’ “I Saw the Light.”  At full strength, we currently have 14 singers, fairly evenly distributed across the SATB spectrum.  Our inspiration is encapsulated by the inscription Bach placed upon so many of his masterful compositions — “Soli Deo Gloria” (to God alone be the glory).  We sometimes sing as an intergenerational choir with children from the Church School.


Making our worship ring

There is no team sport quite like Handbells!  Each player is responsible for ringing at least two bells at the correct time in each piece.  As you can imagine, without the full bell choir in action, no piece can be performed complete!  As with the Choir, the ability to read music is an asset, but not a necessity.  All are welcome.  We rehearse at 6:15 PM (just before Choir) every Thursday evening and contribute preludes, postludes, meditations and other service music at the 10 am services.  We currently have seven ringers and could comfortably accommodate a couple more, though our space is somewhat limited.  Rehearsals feature a good amount of laughter, and no pressure.