Nancy Leffler, Choir Director , Nathan Secrest, Accompanist
Music is one of the most wonderful gifts God has given us. What would our worship be like without the joyful expression of God’s people through song? Our goal at RRPC is to have a music ministry that is vibrant and alive, that offers opportunities for everyone in the church to be involved, and that ultimately brings glorious praise to our Lord Jesus Christ. We hope that you will find a place to use your musical talent in our church.
You won’t find a friendlier church choir in all of Rio Rancho. The adult choir sings every Sunday during worship from Sept. thru May. The choir also sings at special services during Easter and Christmas. It is open to adults & youth.
The Chancel Choir is for ages 16+ and meets Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00. The choir sings nearly every Sunday in church from September through May. People from the congregation share their talents in June and July, and we have a Sunday morning “pick up” choir in August. (We meet at 9:00, learn a piece that isn’t too challenging, and sing during the “word through music.”) You do NOT have to commit to an entire year. Try 6 to 8 weeks, then decide if you want to continue. We are flexible with personal schedules, too. Just let us know when you won’t be able to sing so that we aren’t counting on you for a particular piece.
Ever thought about giving handbells a try? Now’s your chance! This adult handbell ensemble usually plays on the third Sunday of every month from Sept. thru May, as well as at special services during holiday seasons. Skill in reading music is helpful, but not required — you can learn as you go.
JuBELLation is our hand bell choir for ages 13+. You do not need musical experience. We will help you learn! You will be assigned two bells. . .one for each hand, and the sharps/flats that go with them! Every person is critical in a hand bell choir, so we request that you commit for an entire season. (September – December and/or January – May)
Both choirs gather for two potluck parties each year to have time to socialize after a season of ringing and singing. Also, many choir members work together to perform duets or small ensembles in the summer, or for the offertory. We are a social bunch!
Do you have a musical gift? Whatever your ability, I’m sure we can find a place for you at RRPC. Just let us know your interest and a member of our music staff will contact you soon.
Old Time Religion, headed up by Bill Shanklin, is a group of acoustic musicians and singers who enjoy sharing older hymns with the congregation. Generally, they share a piece once a month with two rehearsals prior to participating in service. If you play dulcimer, mandolin, ukulele, violin, guitar, etc, you are welcome to join in. Look for rehearsal and participation dates in the Witness, on this site, or email us (below).
For more information, email Music