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Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church

1004 24th Street SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124   (505) 892-6664    


Music Ensembles at RRPC

December Choir Notes

On December 16th at 3 pm, the chancel Choir will sing the cantata, “Joy” along with soloists, duets and quartets at the Nativity Event in the Old Church in Corrales, 966 Old Church Road. Spend an hour on this Saturday afternoon listening to music and viewing Nativities from all over the world! You can find more information on the Corrales Historical Society website.

Chancel Choir along with Children’s Choir and Youth actors, will be interpreting the cantata, “Joy” for the morning service on December 24th at 10:00 am.
Children’s Choir will sing and have two special selections on hand chimes on December 24th at the 6:00 pm service.
Chancel Choir, JuBELLation Ringers and Old Time Religion will sing and play several selections for the 8:00 pm service on December 24th. 

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. 

Chancel Choir:  Rehearsals Thurs. 7:30-9:00

You won’t find a friendlier church choir in all of Rio Rancho.  

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.


JuBELLation Ringers: Rehearsals Thurs. 6:25-7:25

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.

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)

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! 

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 Stringers and Singers

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 or call the church office.