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

Memorial Drive Organ Series
JARED COOK, Organist

Sunday, February 24 | 7 PM | Sanctuary

The Memorial Drive UMC Organ Series is pleased to present organist Jared Cook on Sunday, February 24 at 7 PM in the Main Campus Sanctuary. Jared is a native of Houston, and is currently a junior Organ Performance major at Baylor University where he studies with Dr. Isabelle Demers.

He began his formal organ study at age seventeen with Stephen Morris. During his time at Baylor, Jared has competed in numerous competitions. In the 2018 William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition, he was awarded first place in the undergraduate division, as well as the prize for outstanding hymn playing. His sophomore year he was selected as the organ division winner in the 2018 Baylor School of Music Semper Pro Musica Competition, and performed in a recital at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City.

In addition to competing, Jared has served as the organ scholar at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Houston, TX and the Principal Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas where his responsibilities included accompanying the Chancel Choir and service playing. Currently, he is serving as the organ scholar at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. In addition to organ study, Jared is enthusiastic about meeting new people, learning languages, commercial aviation and traveling.

The concert is free and will take place in the Main Campus Sanctuary. The entire community is invited!


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.