When one enters the sanctuary of The Memorial Baptist Church their eyes are drawn to the vast arched worship space, the beautiful windows, the magnificent Casavant organ, and the Boston grand—all encompassed by an atmosphere that invites God’s presence.
The music ministry of TMBC, rich in its heritage, seeks to capture the arts to draw worshipers closer to God and to minister to the entire congregation. Both young and mature alike are ministered to by styles from traditional to contemporary. Whether it’s the beautiful sound of bells, instrumental presentations, or choirs singing, there is a place for everyone. Opportunities in worship leadership, service participation, and musical training for all ages are offered to all.
The Chancel Choir of The Memorial Baptist Church has a long history of excellence, dating back to the early days of our church. The choir sings a broad range of repertoire, anywhere from the timeless choral masterworks, to the moving spirituals of our ancestors, to the beautiful contemporary songs of our day. The choir’s primary responsibility is to lead the music for the Sunday morning 10:55 a.m. traditional worship service in the Sanctuary. At Christmas, Easter, and on special occasions the choir is known to present stunning services.
The Chancel Choir is made of men and women of diverse musical backgrounds, and always welcomes new members. There are no requirements to be a part of this group, except to love singing praise to our Maker!
Rehearsals are held in the music suite on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:45 (during the academic year) and on Sunday mornings at 10:30. If you have interest in or questions concerning our Chancel Choir and its ministry, please contact us.
Youth Worship Arts
Our church boasts a strong student ministry. Part of that ministry is our student choir! When enrollment permits, this group of energetic young people meets to rehearse and give praise to God through choral music. All who are in grades 7 – 12 as well as those who are in college are invited to join! As schedules allow, this group enjoys attending the State Youth Choir Festival held each spring.
On occasions in the fall and spring Youth Worship Arts is held to worship and praise God through contemporary song, scripture, and devotions. Young people also participate in special events during the year such as worship teams, youth Sunday, and combined youth-adult choirs.
Prayerfully consider joining this energetic group on Sundays at 4 p.m. You won’t regret it!
Jesus said, “let the children come to me!” There is no more beautiful way to offer up praise to our Maker, than through the voice of children. Each Wednesday night, we offer graded children’s choirs to all who want to participate. The children sing in worship and special programs three to four times a year. They have so much fun singing, worshiping, and being together in the house of the Lord! Each year in the Spring, these groups combine to perform a musical. Like the youth, when schedules allow, this group enjoys attending the State Children’s Choir Festival held each spring.
Rehearsals are held each Wednesday during the academic year:
Music Friends (ages 4-5)
6:00 to 6:30, Handbell Room
Music Makers (Grades 1-3)
6:00 to 6:45, Music Suite
Young Musicians (Grades 4-6)
6:00 to 6:45, F113
The Praise Ringers – Adults, Sundays @ 5:30 p.m.
Tintinnabulators – Students Gr. 7-12, Sundays @ 6:30 pm
Worship Team Choirs
Worship Teams (student and adult) – Please inquire with us if interested.
Casavant Freres Opus 3877
The original pipe organ for The Memorial Baptist Church dates back to 1912, when the church was located downtown on Greene Street. This organ was tubular-pneumatic, consisting of no more than eight ranks, built by the Estey Organ of Brattleboro, Vermont. It was named Opus 998 by the company This organ served the church faithfully until the 1970s, when the church located to Greenville Boulevard. In 1973, Opus 3171 was built by Casavant Freres of Quebec, Canada. The organ consisted of 31 ranks spread over two manuals and pedal. This instrument was thoroughly enjoyed by the church for many years. It was highly German influenced, boasting bright principals, mixtures, and reeds.
Sadly, in January of 2007, an arson fire was set to The Memorial Baptist Church. The entire Children’s Wing was severely damaged by flames, and the remaining education wing and sanctuary were damaged by smoke and water. Casavant Opus 3171 became in a state of great disrepair. After much inspection and research by the church and the insurance company, it was agreed that Memorial would need a new pipe organ.
Again, Casavant Freres was called and was told of the situation. Immediately, they began work on blueprints for a new organ. It was decided that the new organ would be more French influenced, to produce a warmer, richer tone. Opus 3877 was in the making. Trucks arrived in August of 2008 to deliver and install the new organ. By the end of September, the new organ was ready for use, and was heard for the first time in worship on September 21, 2008.
Opus 3877 contains 28 ranks over two manuals and pedal. It is a true blessing to all those who hear, and it brings great glory to our King each Sunday in worship.
Bourdon (Ext.) 16
Chimney Flute 8
Spire Flute 4
Quint (Ext.) 2-2/3
Cornet II 2-2/3
Mixture IV 1-1/3
Gambe (GG) 8
Voixcéleste( TC) 8
Cor de nuit 8
Voix éolienne (TC) 8
Open Flute 4
Mixture III 1
Bass Clarinet 16
Clarinet (Ext.) 8
Trumpet (Great) 8
Clarion (Great 4)
Contrabass (Ext.) 16
Bass Flute (Ext.) 8
Chimney Flute (Great) 8
Bass Clarinet (Swell) 16
Tromba (Ext.) 8
Trumpet (Great) 8
Clarinet (Swell) 8
Clarion (Great) 4
Clarinet (Great) 4
* Usual sub, unison, and super couplers installed.