Music Dept

Music Dept

Exciting things are happening in the Salem UMC Music Dept!

Do you enjoy Music?  We have a variety of opportunities available for you to use your musical gift to Worship God!

Sanctuary Choir
Curt Hamlett - Sanctuary Choir Director

Salem UMC is blessed with a large pool of extremely dedicated Singers led by or Choir Director, Curt Hamlett
They are well known for their efforts to inspire both inside and outside this church. Their presentations include traditional and contemporary music, Bell Choir, original scores and musical drama. You are invited to participate. It's not about your talent, it's about your Worship.

During the 11:00 AM Second Service, a blended Service with a Traditional feel, the Sanctuary Choir provides musical leadership to complement the organ and congregational singing. They provide thoughtful and well prepared anthems and special music. Rehearsals are on Sundays at 6:00 PM in the Choir room and no auditions are required to participate.


Joyful Noise Praise Team 
Laura Cross - Praise Team Director

Believing that anyone can make a "Joyful Noise", the Praise Team was born in early 2005 from the need for a special musical experience for the 8:45 AM First Service, a Worship Service with a less formal and more contemporary feel. They have evolved into a multi-capability musical outreach unit. Consisting of an instrumental band and vocal choir, it supports the musical requirements of the service, special drama events, and off site presentations. The band alone performs both religious and secular music and creates original music, drama and arrangements.

They are lead by Laura Cross & consist of a Vocal Choir of Men & Women and the Praise Band which features an Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano/Synthesizer & Drums.  The members of the Praise Band are accomplished musicians & have performed professionally for many venues.

Praise Band 
Laura Cross - Praise Team Director

The Praise Band has existed as a separate entity for many years. Their members are Professional Musicians and have performed in many different venues including both religious and secular music, creating and performing their own original musical compositions.

They are lead by Laura Cross and consist of a Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano/Synthesizer, 
Drums and occasionally a Trombone and Flute. The Praise Team is indeed fortunate to have these talented individuals as members of the Praise Team.

Wednesday Morning Bell Choir 
Leader: Carolyn Hoggard

Established in March 2005, this group adds a special flavor to the Traditional Worship Service. The nine ringers rehearse at 10:00 am on Wednesdays in the Seekers classroom. Each player handles approximately two bells. The group assists in the Advent "Hanging of the Greens" and plays an entire service mid year.

Children's Bell Choir
Leader: Carolyn Hoggard

Third through Seventh Grade students are taught worship through Bell Music.
They meet on Sunday evening at 
5:00 PM.

Contact Carolyn Hoggard at 501-778-5158 if you are interested in joining.