Music

Minister of Music: Susan Neely VanBrunt; Organist: Robert Faulds

Our desire is to encourage worshippers to experience a deeper relationship with our Lord through a variety of music styles and mediums. We want to make a joyful noise to the Lord, a sound that is pleasing to Him as we lift our praises. We also want music to enhance our meditative times and times of commitment to service. Here are some of the ways we encourage that at Olean First Baptist:

Senior Choir

We have a Senior Choir that sings weekly September through June at the 9:30 am Sunday morning service, as well as for special seasonal concerts and events. 7th graders through adult are welcome to join. No auditions are necessary! But if you happen to be a soloist, we want to give you opportunities to share that special gift alone or with a small group. See Sue Neely VanBrunt, our Minister of Music or just come Thursdays at 7:15 pm for choir rehearsals.

Praise Team

Our Praise Team shares their talents many weeks as well. They present a more contemporary style and sound, using a variety of instruments. If you are interested in that ministry, we can talk about where you might fit in!

Our desire is to encourage worshippers to experience a deeper relationship with our Lord through a variety of music styles and mediums. We want to make a joyful noise to the Lord, a sound that is pleasing to Him as we lift our praises. We also want music to enhance our meditative times and times of commitment to service.

Handbell Choir

The handbell has been used by believers for centuries to praise and worship God. We believe that God has called us to share our faith as well as lead others in worship by this new musical ministry. The “In One A’Chord” Handbell Choir under direction of Robert Faulds, our organist, has gained skills quickly and shares their selections throughout the year. The beautiful Malmark hand bells were purchased through gifts, memorials and honorariums by members and friends of the church. They rehearse Wed. nights at 7 pm September through May if you would like to visit and see what it’s all about.

Children’s Choir

Children are encouraged to take part in choir. Rehearsals are during worship on the 3rd Sunday of each month. In addition to singing in worship, they present programs at Christmas & Children’s Day. We have added a new singing group of young people 10-15 years old, who have named themselves K.I.C.K. (Kids in Christ’s Kingdom).  The Children’s Choir is Directed by Sue Neely VanBrunt.

Other Areas to Get Involved

  • During Sundays in the summer, we invite area musicians to present special music. We warmly welcome these presenters from our congregation and throughout the community.
  • Instrumental music is also used in worship. If you play ANY instrument, we would love for you to share that talent. Maybe you’ll want to dust off that trumpet or flute you used to play and join a seasonal ensemble or orchestra.
  • And if you haven’t been particularly gifted with music, that’s OK, too! Please enjoy being part of the congregational singing and remember that God only asks that we make a joyful noise!!
  • The Music Committee would like to invite you to be part of the music ministry here at Olean First Baptist.