Baker Memorial has a strong
tradition of music offering choirs, bell choirs and instrumental ensembles
for all ages. Our 9 a.m. services will include on a regular basis the
Chancel Choir. The Chancel Choir sings anthems from the great tradition of
sacred choral music from the Renaissance through to contemporary living
composers. In addition, the service will include one of several other
choirs/ensembles to enhance the musical experience in worship. They include:
the Chancel Bell
Menís ensemble, Cherub Choir and various Instrumental Ensembles. In
addition, our organist Mark Edwards, offers preludes, postludes and
offertories. His repertoire is taken from the great wealth of organ
literature from all periods of music.
Our 10:30 a.m. service
includes on a regular basis the Chapel Voices. This is an adult small
ensemble made up of singers from the Chancel Choir. The repertoire is
similar to the Chancel Choir, only sung by a small ensemble. The service
also features music from the following ensembles: Menís Ensemble, Cherub
Choir, Chapel Choir, Wesley Singers, Chapel Bell Choir and Instrumental
Ensembles. Baker Memorial United Methodist Church also features two resident
professional brass and string ensembles. The Baker Brass and Solisti
di Camera, respectively.
Calendar of Musical events at
Baker Memorial United Methodist Church
2012 Antique Baroque Concert 3:00 p.m.
2012 Great Day of Singing 9:00 and 10:30 a.m worship services
Candlelight Carols Concert, St. Charles Singers 7:30 p.m
Candlelight Carols Concert, St. Charles Singers 4:00 p.m
2012 G.F. Handelís Messiah and Carols, 9:00 and 10:30 worship
Christmas Eve Services 9:00 and 11:00 Lessons and Carols
Baker Brass Ensemble 9:00 and 10:30 worship services
Jazz Worship Service 9:00 and 10:30 worship services
Solisti Di Camera 9:00 and 10:30 worship services
Easter. Baker Brass 9:00 and 11:00 worship services
Gaudete Brass Ensemble Concert 3:00 p.m.
Gospel Music Celebration Sunday. 9:00 and 10:30 Worship Services
Music Sunday 9:00 and 10:30 Worship Services
Vision: To be a vibrant,
musical community of people of all ages with the focus of
praising God in music.
Mission: Teach each other and in music,
Serve and Offer ourselves in Praise and Thanksgiving to God
through Jesus Christ His Son.
Music Ensembles, and rehearsal times,
at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church.
Adult Mixed Choir; rehearsal: 7 p.m. Wednesdays;
Jeffrey Hunt, Director
Adult Small Ensemble
Adult Menís Ensemble; rehearsal: 8 a.m. Sundays; Gary Steele,
Baker Youth Ensemble
- Boys and Girls in grades 8-12;
rehearsal: 4 p.m. Sundays; Jeffrey Hunt, Director
Girls in grades 3-8; rehearsal: 5 p.m.Wednesdays; Kathy
Chapel Choir -
Boys in grades 2-8; rehearsal: 5 p.m. Wednesdays; Jeffrey Hunt,
Cherub Choir -
Boys and Girls ages 3 through 2nd grade; rehearsal:
10 a.m. Sundays; Becky Crow and Karen Landendorf, Directors
Chapel Bell Choir
- Boys and Girls in grades 3-8; rehearsal: 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, Kathy Olivarez, Director
Chancel Bell Choir
- Adults; rehearsal: 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays;
Robert Murphy, Director
Instrumental Ensembles including
Winds, Strings and Brass - Erik Swenson, Director
Childrenís ensembles and Adult ensembles in all categories
Jeffrey Hunt is Director of
Music at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church where he leads a very active
music program. Jeff directs the Chancel choir, Baker Youth Ensemble and
the Chapel choir. Jeff is founder and director of the St. Charles Singers,
a professional choir with its home in St. Charles. The singers regularly
perform at Baker Memorial Church, St. Michaels Church in Wheaton and in many
venues in Chicago and abroad. In 2010 the St. Charles Singers and
Metropolis Chamber Orchestra began a journey of performing all of W.A. Mozartís
sacred choral music over a multi year period.
Jeff is an adjunct faculty
member at Elgin Community College and is the Illinois Chapter of ACDAís chair of
Music and Worship. Jeff earned a B.M from Taylor University and a M.M in
Choral Conducting from Northwestern University.
Edwards is principal organist at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in
St. Charles and maintains a private piano, organ, and harpsichord studio in
Wheaton. He holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and Indiana
Mark has studied organ with Helen Quig,
and harpsichord and organ with Roger Sherman. He has performed in master
class for Harald Vogel, Gustav Leonhardt, Paolo Crivellaro, and coached with
Thomas Murray of Yale University. European seminars attended include
The Organs of Bach in Germany with Quentin Faulkner, the North German Organ
Academy, and In Tempore Organi, Italy, .
Mark has performed solo piano, organ, and
harpsichord recitals on concert series in numerous churches, including
Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago.
As a member of the duo piano team,
Redekopp and Edwards, Mark and his wife, Karin, have performed concerts
thruout the midwest and Canada. They completed a three week concert
tour of Japan and Korea, with further concerts in England.
Instrumental Music Program
Erik Swenson has been a member of Baker
Memorial United Methodist Church since 1997. In 1999 he began to oversee
the Instrumental Music Program at Baker Church. He organizes and directs
small group instrumental ensembles that provides the prelude music for
the 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Services.
Once a month a different type of ensemble
performs including different brass, woodwind, and string groups made up
of adults, high school age, and middle school age instrumentalists. Some
months will offer music from adults and other months will feature groups
of younger musicians. Erik has been the Band Director at Haines Middle
School in St. Charles since 1994 and plays trumpet with the Baker Brass
He earned his Bachelor of Music Education
from Illinois Wesleyan University and his Master of Music Education
from Vander Cook College of Music. Erik is married to Jennifer and they
have two daughters, Katie and Leanna.
Director of the Menís Ensemble
For Gary Steele,
music has always been a great source of inspiration, relaxation and stress
relief. His ďformalĒ music education consisted of choirs, theory
classes and stage musicals in high school and college. Besides
directing the Menís Ensemble, Gary collects and delivers food donations for
the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and count the church offering once a month.
Gary and his wife,
Madonna, have been members of the church for 14 years. This Fall,
their daughter Emily will be in her third year at Indiana University, and
there son Ben will be starting at the University of Iowa.
Karen Ladendorf is a full-time former music
now technology teacher in McHenry. She has a Bachelor of Music Education
from Illinois Wesleyan University . She has taught both K-12
instrumental and choral music as well as 6-8 music. She is an avid
clarinet performer, having performed with the Rock Valley College Band
in Rockford , IL and has a private clarinet studio of middle and high
school students from St. Charles . She lives in Elgin with her husband
Andrew, one-year-old daughter Laura and two dogs.
Director of Wesley Singers and Chapel Bells
is director of the Wesley Singers and Chapel Bells at Baker Memorial.
She loves working with the children at Baker and watching their musicianship
grow. Kathy received her bachelor's degree in Music Education from the
Wheaton Conservatory of Music and her master's degree in Music Education
from Northern Illinois University . Kathy has been a public school
music teacher for 28 years and is the choral director at Eastview Middle
School in Bartlett , IL . She also enjoys composing and arranging
choral music in her spare time. Kathy and her husband, Richard, live
in Elgin with their two sons, Mark and John.
Director of Chancel Bell Choir
Robert Murphy has been the Chancel
Bell Choir director of 8 years. He also sings in the Chancel
choir. Rob is an accomplished French Horn player with the Rockford
Rob also maintains an active Horn
studio. Rob and his son Alex reside in St. Charles.
Director of childrenís choirs
Becky Crow has been
directing childrenís choirs for 6 years, the past 3 years here at Baker.She
has always had a passion for music, whether it was singing in the choir or
playing the piano.
When asked about her
favorite part of directing, sheíll tell you itís the performances.
ďThereís usually a child that either wants to wave at their parents before
we sing, hold their favorite stuffed animal, or decide to sit down right in
the middle of the song. You just never knowĒ.
She and her husband
Dave, and daughters Emily and Katie, live in South Elgin.
The worship life and fellowship of
Baker Church are enriched by a strong music program. Our choirs
and soloists provide the music for worship each Sunday. In
addition, the adult choir presents a longer, sacred work every
Christmas season, and one of the highlights in May is Music
Sunday. There are music groups targeted to all age groups and
Our music programs are open to anyone with a
love of music and a willingness to work on creating it. Our
musicians enjoy the fellowship which comes with participating in
the music program. For more information, contact Jeffrey Hunt,
Director of Music.
". . .
Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you
sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other
creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of
what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with
the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing
be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he
cometh in the clouds of heaven."
From John Wesley's Select Hymns, 1761