Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord!
Alicia Schell is the Music Director of
Airdrie United Church.
She believes music can enhance worship and lift spirits.
Alicia graduated with a master’s degree in music, vocal performance from the University of British Columbia.
She is an active opera performer and registered music teacher.
She has been directing our choir since 2014 and looks forward to another year of music ministry.
Beth Harrison (Maitland) grew up attending Airdrie United Church with her family, who were very active in the musical life of the church. She has sung in church choirs all her life, starting as a toddler when her mom directed the junior choir.
Beth began taking piano lessons from her mom at age 6, and while she enjoys classical music, she has always loved playing hymns. Her church pianist career began with playing for chapel services at St. Andrews College in Saskatoon while attending the University of Saskatchewan. When she moved back to Alberta in 2001 and came back to Airdrie United Church for a visit someone said
“Hey, you play the piano, right?”
She started playing in the rotation of Sunday pianists, and in 2004 became the full-time pianist and occasional substitute choir director.
Beth is a Regional Convener on Music United, and enjoys highlighting music from other United Church musicians during services.
Ten Reasons to Join Airdrie United Church Choir
10. EVERYONE NEEDS A MIDWEEK PICK-ME UP
Don’t let the words “choir rehearsal” mislead you. It’s true that you WILL learn your choir part, but you’ll also gain friends, and worship the Lord in the meantime. Your Wednesday will finish on a “high-note” and you’ll leave refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your week.
9. BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE TO WIN AMERICAN IDOL TO BE IN THE CHOIR.
You probably knew that already, but a LOT of you think you’re not a good enough singer to be a part of the choir. Believe me….you ARE. I can say that with affirmation without even hearing you sing! One of the most amazing things about a choir is how God takes a group of voices – some strong and some not as strong—and blends them together to create beautiful music that honours Him.
8. BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A MUSIC DEGREE TO BE IN THE CHOIR.
Ok, you probably knew that one, too. But, did you know that a lot of the current Airdrie United Church choir members don’t read music? If that’s been what’s kept you from joining, then your non-choir days are OVER! Here’s what you do…you come to choir rehearsal and sit next to someone who reads well. All you have to do then is LISTEN and you’re home free. You’ll be amazed what you can learn by planting yourself in the middle of the music.
7. BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU’RE READY TO BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF A WORSHIP EXPERIENCE!
Just imagine it…getting to do something you love while, at the same time, having the awesome privilege and responsibility to lead others in worship each week. Being part of Airdrie United Church Choir is so rewarding on a spiritual level.
6. BECAUSE YOU WILL BUILD LASTING RELATIONSHIPS.
Some of my dearest friends are members of the Airdrie United Choir. As you know, doing ministry with one another is one of the best ways to build great and meaningful friendships. Worshiping together has the same result.
5. BECAUSE YOU DON’T NEED TO BUY ANY EQUIPMENT
All you need to sing in our choir is your voice, a bottle of water and a pencil for marking your music. Some times ricola throat lozenges are even handed out if you’re feeling a bit under the weather. It’s simple and cheap!
4. BECAUSE YOU WILL IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING SKILLS
While it is fun to belt it out as you listen to the radio, the key to good choral singing is paying attention to what’s going on around you – listening. A rule of thumb is, if you can’t hear the person next to you, you’re singing too loudly.
3. BECAUSE JANUARY IS THE PERFECT TIME TO JOIN!
January is one of the most exciting times of the year to dive into the choir. We’ll be learning a lot of new music and gearing up for Easter as well. While many New Year’s resolutions don’t stand the test of time, joining the choir will be one that you’ll find easy to fulfill.
2. BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF SINGING!
Did you know that singing can improve your health? It is proven that singing can strengthen you immune system. Singing is a great workout; your lungs will get a work out when you employ proper singing techniques and project your voice. Making music is relaxing; singing can lower your stress levels! Standing up straight is part of correct technique as you’re singing, so with time, good posture will become a habit! As your chest cavity expands and your shoulders and back align, you’re improving your posture overall. The list goes on and on.
1. THREE WORDS: CHOIR. IS. FUN!
You will have a great time in rehearsal each week. I assure you that it will become your midweek pick-me-up.
(adapted from 17 Reasons to Join the Choir by Cliff Duren)