Music Ministries at Plainsboro Presbyterian Church
Our worship incorporates varied musical components from beginning to end. There are many opportunities for congregational singing, which is accompanied by piano, organ, or other instruments when appropriate. Because our congregation is multicultural and multigenerational, worship music is chosen to provide a wide range of musical styles. The genres used include “praise” music, hymns, psalms, Taizé community songs, world music, and popular Christian songs in folk and rock styles.
An anthem is usually offered by the choir on Sundays from September through May. Preludes and postludes, as well as other service music, are performed on piano and organ by the Director of Music during most worship services. For more information about worship services, please contact the Worship & Music committee chairperson.
Song Book (Hymnal)
The new Glory to God Presbyterian hymnal used in our worship services goes well beyond the traditional pew hymnal in providing a rich variety of songs, hymns, and psalms to accommodate “the growing diversity in liturgical practice (926).” The collection also addresses our theological motivation “to learn songs that come from cultures different from our own,” and “to bridge the divide between different musical styles and traditions (927).”
Over the summer, when the choir is taking a well-deserved break, the anthem is replaced by special music, such as soloists and ensembles, and congregational hymn-sings. In late spring, the congregation will be invited to submit requests for favorite songs and hymns to be sung during the summer worship services.
The choir ministry is a non-audition volunteer group open to anyone in the congregation who enjoys singing as an expression of faith. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 PM, and are led by our Director of Music. Singers also meet at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings before worship to warm up and run through the anthems. The choir takes a recess from June through August, during which the choir does not rehearse or perform. Singers can join the choir at any time. For more information about the choir, please contact the Director of Music.
Accompaniment and special music is sometimes provided by instrumentalists other than the Director of Music. The instruments typically include violin, recorder, cello, hand drums, and other percussion, but anyone who would like to participate in worship music with an instrument is welcome. To explore instrumental music opportunities in worship, please contact the Director of Music or the Worship & Music committee chair.
Local ensembles regularly use our church for performances that are open to the community, usually to benefit a missions program or charity. Our sanctuary is prized by musicians for its excellent acoustics, and features a highly versatile digital Rodgers organ, as well as a Yamaha parlor-grand piano. For information about using the church for a performance, please contact the Administrative Assistant in the church office.