Everyone at Good Shepherd is called to be an active participant in worship. The music ministry here thus focuses first and foremost on leading the song of the gathered worshiping assembly. The songs we sing in worship are richly diverse, representing not only many times, places, and cultures, but also representing the fullness of human experience and emotions. The members of the various choirs and other musical groups at Good Shepherd are there primarily to help lead the song of the people. They also sing, ring, and play music which supports the Sundays and seasons of the Church Year.
There are many opportunities for those who are interested in serving as worship leaders at Good Shepherd. If you are interested in serving in the music ministry, please contact Br. Jonathan Hehn, Minister of Music and Worship Arts, [email protected] or 813-877-3105.
The participants in the music ministry are actively involved in outreach into the community, recognizing that music is a powerful tool for healing, community building, and witness. All groups can be seen making music outside the walls of the church throughout the year.
Good Shepherd Quaret
The Good Shepherd Quartet is an auditioned, semi-professional quartet that sings challenging music throughout the year. Its job is primarily to foster vibrant choral singing during worship, as well as to lead the song of the assembly. Auditions are held periodically as openings arise.
The Cantorei (Grades 6 through Adult) leads the congregation during the Sunday Services and practices weekly on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00PM. The word “cantorei” is an old German word meaning “group of singers.” In any given year, this choir learns and sings repertoire in a myriad of style-periods ranging from classical anthems to contemporary praise songs, music from various global traditions, and music from the Western plainchant tradition. Basic ability to read music is a plus for this group, though not required.
The Hand Bell Choir meets every Thursday from 6:15-7:15PM. This fun group performs several times each season, and also performs for festival days such as Christmas and Easter. Music reading is not required for this ensemble.