Music and Arts Ministry

Our Music & Fine Arts Ministry involves people of all ages who want to discover and develop their creative gifts and use those gifts to praise and worship God. Whether you’re interested in singing, playing an instrument, ringing handbells, creating art, dancing or acting, we have a place for you to spend time with the community of faith.

 


Orchestra and Brass

The King's Brass– alternate Tuesdays, 6-7PM, ArtsNow!

Youth and adults who play brass instruments are invited to participate in this ensemble, which plays periodically for traditional worship, as well as special events.

Terry F. Tullos, Director

MDUMC Orchestra– alternate Tuesdays, 6-7 PM, ArtsNow!

High school and adult musicians who offer orchestra music for our traditional services 6-8 times a year.

Terry F. Tullos, Director

Energy City New Horizons Music

Go to www.ecnhm.org for more information.


Fine Arts Opportunities

Theater Arts

Providing performance opportunities and theatrical productions, which incorporate all ages and skill levels, and provide and/or reinforce spiritual growth for both spectators and participants by supporting liturgical education, outreach, and social aspects of the church. For information contact Terry Tullos at 713/468-8356 or TerryTullos@mdumc.org.

Liturgical Dance

Youth and adults are involved in this beautiful statement of faith, and participate in worship, special services and musical concerts. The groups rehearse as needed. For information, contact Ann Ables at 713/468-8356 or AnnAbles@mdumc.org.

Upcoming Concerts

“Requiem for the Living” by Dan Forrest

Sunday, April 9 | 7PM | Sanctuary-Main Campus

Begin your observance of Holy Week with this moving and inspirational new work by American composer Dan Forrest, presented by the Chancel Choir, additional Festival Singers, 16-member orchestra, soloists Patty Albers, Kirsten Koerner, Elizabeth Taylor and Jeff Simmons, and Stephen Distad, organist; directed by Ann S. Ables. This music will certainly prepare your heart and mind for the passion journey of Christ.

Sunday, April 23 | 3PM | Sanctuary-Main Campus

It is always a fun afternoon with the New Horizons String Orchestra and Symphonic Band, directed by Terry F. Tullos. Join us for great music, delicious food, and wonderful fellowship.

Sunday, April 23 | 6PM | Wesley Hall-Main Campus

Our youngest MDUMC musicians from the Sonshine Singers and STARS Choir and Handbells will sing and ring, plus some other surprises along the way as they hunt for hidden treasure! Their talent and creativity is always showcased as they are led by Faith Hebard.

Sunday, May 7 | 7PM | Sanctuary-Main Campus

An evening featuring the many talented musicians of our MDUMC Orchestra, Celebration Ringers and King’s Brass, there will be music of all styles from classical to hymns to pop tunes.

“Esther” by Martin and Janice Landry

Friday-Sunday, July 7-9 | 7PM Fri/Sat & 3PM Sun | The Well-West Campus

Our youth choir presents the story of an orphaned Jewish girl who becomes Queen of Persia, and discovers that her people are to be annihilated by royal decree. She is forced to trust God through frightening circumstances, with the survival of her entire race seemingly on her shoulders. After presenting this show on tour in Arkansas, our Agape Singers return home to share this great story of faith.

 


Handbells

Celebration Ringers– Wednesdays, 6–7:15 PM, Bell Room

An advanced handbell choir for those with ringing experience that participates in worship and special concerts.

Ann S. Ables, Director

Covenant Carillon– Sundays, 4–5 PM, Bell Room

Handbell ringers in grades 6–12 learn more advanced techniques and repertoire, participating in worship and special concerts and services, such as Maundy Thursday.

Ann S. Ables, Director

S*T*A*R*S* Handbells– Sundays, 6–6:30 PM, Bell Room

Children in the S*T*A*R*S* choir also have the opportunity to begin learning to play handbells.

Ann S. Ables, Director


Our Pipe Organ

Our pipe organ was installed in 1977 by Visser-Rowland Associates (now Visser Organs), with Dr. Robert Lynn of the University of Houston as the consultant. A new console, an antiphonal division, and other additions were made in 2007 leading up to the Jubilee 50th anniversary of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church the following year.

There are three manuals with a floating antiphonal, and a 128-level combination action. For a complete stop list, click here.