We’re Making A Joyful Noise! Music is an important part of our worship at Banner Elk Presbyterian. With an outstanding choir, men’s chorus, grand piano, pipe organ, and handbells, we are blessed with inspirational and joyful music each week. In addition, there are available opportunities for children and youth. Contact Diane Rydell, music director, through the church office.
The adult choir is under the direction of Diane Rydell, who was trained in New York and brought her expertise to Banner Elk more than 25 years ago. In addition to beautifully rendered music in worship, the choir also presents several special music programs each year, particularly during the Christmas and Easter seasons. On occasion, the choir invites an accomplished soloist who may be classically trained or perhaps a fine musician in the area of spiritual music. Instrumentalists are also invited from time to time to enhance the worship experience. Banner Elk Presbyterian has also enjoyed special groups, such as the singers from Lees-McRae College and other institutions. Practices are at 7:30 pm on Wednesday Nights and at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings.
The handbells are an integral part to our music program. Under the direction of Diane Rydell, the bells are used for many special occasions such as Christmas and Easter, and sometimes they simply enhance the worship experience. The handbell choir meets at 4:30 pm on Wednesdays. Call Diane Rydell at the church office for more information.
Organ and Piano
Our attractive pipe organ is a joy, supplementing the sounds of the choir and the congregation. This masterfully built instrument has just recently been expanded with more ranks and chimes. In addition, the music in the church is enhanced with a lovely grand piano. Both pieces have been created with an oak finish which looks beautiful inside our church where the walls are predominantly made from the old, now extinct, wormy chestnut wood.
The Presbyterian Men’s Choir
The Presbyterian Men’s Chorus, directed by Diane Rydell, is comprised of from six to twelve men. They sing during our summer early services, at occasional family night suppers, and anywhere else a “gig” arises. The men concentrate on Southern Gospel, but also sing a variety of traditional hymns, barbershop, spirituals, and even the occasional popular tune.
The PMC sing in four part harmony. To participate, it is not essential that you read music, but it helps. The chorus meets each Monday night at 7:00 PM. If you have an interest in this part of our ministry, please contact Diane Rydell.