Sanctuary Choir

The Sanctuary Choir / Canticum Novum

The mission of the Sanctuary Choir is to support Central Church, the community and one another in worship, teaching, and fellowship perfecting our talents and choral art through our service, as an offering to God our Creator.

Canticum Novum (New Song) The Touring Chamber Ensemble of the Sanctuary Choir, at Central United Methodist Church, is directed by Donald E. Morse, Minister of Worship and The Arts, and has concertized throughout Europe, Greece, the Americas, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. The choir has performed at the invitations of the Archbishops of Milan, Salzburg, Florence, Siena, Perugia, Sorrento, Athens, Prague, Hradec Kralove, Meissen, Berlin, Compostela, Toledo, Sevilla, and Venice, presenting concerts in each of those cathedrals, and has performed in the great basilicas across Europe. Canticum Novum was honored to have been sponsored by the Pontificio Instituto di Musica Sacra and Amici Della Musica Sacra in Italy presenting a series of concerts in Rome, including the Mass of the Angels at the Basilica Church of St. Peter at Vatican City and a private concert in the Sistine Chapel. The Sanctuary Choir of Central Church was pleased to have been selected as one of four American church choirs to participate in the first Salzburg Church Music Festival to highlight American Sacred Music in the summer of 1987. They are well known for their versatility in performing literature from many periods, particularly music of the twentieth century. In addition to providing music for the regular worship services of Central Church and its television programs, they present choral works with chamber orchestra, and community concerts each year. They have performed on numerous occasions with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and for both regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Music Educator's National Conference (MENC), The American Guild of Organists (AGO), and United Methodist denominational gatherings. The choir, while espousing professional standards, is comprised of volunteers from many professions whose common interest is serious music making in their sacred setting.

For more information contact Don Morse.

9:00 Singers

Inspiration comes in many forms.
For those who prefer to begin their Sunday mornings with a jolt of java, a piece of pastry, a friendly smile and a more contemporary look at the religious experience, the 9:00 service in Central’s Kendall Hall is the way to go!
Led by Pastor Scott with the assistance of Minister of Contemporary Music, Steve Hilderbrand, this service offers a less formal, more interactive, family oriented experience.  From his piano, Steve leads a resident jazz trio that includes Lee Gendvilas on acoustic/electric bass and Scott Hay on drums.  This group of incredibly talented musicians handle all styles of music from congregational hymns, pop, country and Broadway to their specialty ... jazz.  On occasion, guest instrumentalists from across the Valley “sit in” the guys, widening the musical spectrum.
Musical guest artists from Phoenix and Los Angeles vary from week to week.  From SonShine, our own choir of contemporary singers, to musicians, singers and actors hailing from some of the most respected stages and venues in the area, you are certain to be touched, moved and inspired to enjoy a closer relationship with God.
This service prides itself on its sense of community and inclusiveness.  All who choose to enter into the “family” are genuinely welcome and are encouraged (but not required!) to become part of the team of volunteers who share their various talents to make the service happen on a weekly basis.

Resident Combo:
Piano – Steve Hilderbrand
Bass – Lee Gendvilas
Drums – Scott Hay

Cathedral Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir plays for special services throughout the year, and in off-campus concerts. They rehearse Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary north transept.

For more information please contact Craig Westendorf.

Sanctuary Tour Choir

The Tour Choir is a special ensemble formed through audition. This choir has traveled throughout the Americas, Europe, Pacific Islands, the West Indies, the United Kingdom and Spain.

For more information please contact Don Morse.