Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church is home to an electic mix of music, including concerts by local and visiting artists, as well as choirs for members and friends of all ages. Find your fit in one of our ensembles, or as a member of those gathered to share in the beautiful gift of music. Contact Bill Mathis for more information.
Music at Hennepin Concert Series
The Music at Hennepin Concert Series has served the community since 1969 and features guest artists as well as Hennepin Church ensembles and soloists. There are chamber-sized events (generally held in the Art Gallery) and those of larger scale in the Sanctuary. For upcoming concerts, please visit the events calendar.
Salon se Leve Concert Series
Salon se Léve is co-sponsored with the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts. Renewing the salon concert to encourage emerging young artists, the salon setting brings the music and the performer directly to the audience, stirring hearts and rousing emotion and imagination. Mark your calendars for these exciting 2:30 PM performances in the 2014-2015 concert season: Oct. 12, Nov. 23, Feb. 15, March 15, April 19, May 16.
Choirs at Hennepin Church
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church offers children and adults of all ages the opportunity to participate in and experience choir music. Below is information about the many choirs the Hennepin Church has to offer.
We are 4-5 year olds, having our first choir experience for six Sunday morning rehearsals before we sing on Christmas Eve. Sign-up information and schedule are available around the first of November.
We are a group of 1-2nd graders, meeting for about six weeks twice a year, preparing to sing in worship on Christmas Eve and Mother’s Day. We’re led by church members Krista and Darin Riedel, both pros in the field.
We are an excited bunch of 3-6th graders! We meet every Tuesday at 6:00 during the school year and sing in worship about once a month. Besides that, we do musicals, attend festivals with hundreds of other kids, and always do special things on Christmas Eve. Handbells are a part of our experience, as are recitals, learning projects, and liturgical events. It’s the best music education bargain in town, coupled with an experience of learning about our faith. Call Bill Mathis for information.
A Joyful Uproar (Summer Music)
In the summer (dates vary each year) we hold a 1-week musical time for children entering grades 1-6. Meeting 8:30-noon each morning Monday-Friday, our kids get to experience Orff-Schulwerk, handbells, and choir (an hour of each) under the expert leadership of staff and volunteer teachers. Call Bill Mathis for more information.
We meet on Sunday nights at 7:00 in conjunction with youth fellowship, because many of us are also in those groups. We include people in grades 7-12. We sing a wide variety of music in worship and special concerts. You’re encouraged to be in touch with Bill Mathis to find out more!
Adult Choirs and Ensembles
Known for many years as one of the premiere music ensembles in Twin Cities churches, we lead in worship 9 months of the year. Our worship repertoire ranges from chant to brand new, and our main goal is bringing individuals into an experience of God’s presence. We give several concerts each year, singing major works of the choral/orchestral literature, both old and new. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30, and membership is open to all. Call Bill Mathis to set up an interview.
During the summer months, our worship music leadership mode becomes more informal, and many members of the Sanctuary Choir are away; others join the fun on a week-to-week basis. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings before the service. Contact Bill Mathis for more information.
Hennepin Chamber Singers
This an auditioned ensemble of about 20 singers, meeting weekly and performing at non-Sunday morning events. We give concerts both at our church and around the community, as well as Christmas Eve and a few other worship services. Membership is by audition as openings occur.
Now in its 39th year, Hennepin Chime plays handbells in worship, concerts, and festivals. We play in worship monthly, as well as Christmas Eve and other special days, and attend festivals with ringers from around the region. Our spring concert is a highlight of the church year for an enthusiastic audience. Membership is adults by audition as openings occur.
This is an ad hoc, self-directed group that operates in coordination with the Pastoral Care team at church. We make up small ensembles to sing in hospital rooms, hospice centers, and at bedsides to bring comfort. For more information, call Ginny Roach at 651-636-3379.
Ensembles at Hennepin
Several community ensembles call Hennepin Church their rehearsal home. We are delighted to be partners with these fine organizations and ambassadors of wonderful music:
Our Artists in Residence, the Copper Street Brass Quintet have been with us since the fall of 2008. “In residence” means that Hennepin Church is their home base physically (rehearsal and desk space) and musically (worship and concerts). They play in schools, churches, and concert halls both in the Twin Cities and beyond, but we are proud to have our close relationship with them. They play in worship services about once a month, giving us preludes and postludes, leading hymns, and accompanying anthems; they are generally with us for festival days like Easter. Learn more on their website.
Bells of the Lakes is a community handbell ensemble that began as an outreach of Hennepin’s music ministry. Made up of highly experienced handbell musicians, they play concerts locally and across the region. They’re known for adventuresome programming, engaging concerts, and an extraordinary ability to make their instruments sing beautiful phrases and expressive ideas. Additionally, they sponsor educational events for other ringers and directors. Learn more on their website.
The Minnesota Chorale is a highly skilled ensemble under the direction of Dr. Kathy Romey. In addition to their own concert series, they serve as the symphony chorus for the Minnesota Orchestra. Learn more on their website.
The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus holds their weekly rehearsals at Hennepin Church, and our partnership with them has been mutually beneficial for more than 20 years. Learn more on their website.
William H. Mathis – Minister of Music and Fine Arts
Andrew Hackett – Organist