MUSIC

Welcome to the United Presbyterian Church Music Ministry

 
We strive to offer music at United Presbyterian that represents the talents and interests of our congregation and musicians.
 
If you are interested in participating in our music ministry, please contact our Music Director, Misha. We are always interested in incorporating new musicians and offering a variety of music.

Music Schedule

Wednesday Evening:
7:00-8:30 Hosanna Choir
 
Sunday Morning:
9:00-9:30 Hosanna Choir warm-up and sound check
10:00 Service

Meet our Music Director:

Michelle Mayers, also known as Misha, has been our music director since September 2011.  She has a Bachelors of Science in Music and a Master of Arts Teaching.  She taught band and choir for ten years in public schools, including Philomath, Albany, and Grants Pass.  She currently works in Salem with the Teen Outreach Program and teaches music privately.  She has lived in Oregon all of her life and is proud to be an Oregon State Alumni.  Go Beavs!
 

E-mail: misha_mayers@msn.com
Phone: (541) 926-5551 ext 315

Meet our Organist:

Nancy Kirkelie studied piano for twelve years under Justin A. Miller, of Albany. She began an organ career at the age of fifteen, as a summer replacement. This turned into a permanent position at Lebanon’s First Presbyterian Church, which lasted fifty-three years. She served as Director of Music in Lebanon, for twenty-five years, directing the church choir, concert chorale and gospel choirs and the five-octave Carillon Memorial Handbell Choir, besides her organist duties. She has been organist at UPC for over ten years. Nancy and husband Ken, have two married children, two granddaughters, three step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Meet our Pianist:

Talia Neely has been playing the piano since age 17.  She studied with a New Zealand music teacher named Rita Warton and finished OMTA Piano Syllabus level X and completed the final OMTA Voice Syllabus by age 19.  Talia was encouraged and mentored by two church music directors in Lincoln City:  the late Dr. Bernice Isham and Jim Friesen.  She teaches piano lessons to all ages as well as adult music lessons (ukulele and recorders).  She is the mother of two and step-mom of two.  Her family lives in Philomath and has lots of pets.  Talia enjoys her rose garden and loves the outdoors, as well as baking.

Hosanna Choir
Our choir currently has 14 members. We sing SSA, TTBB, SAB, and TTBB music. Choir meets from September through June and sings every Sunday. We are always interested in new members. No choir experience necessary, but a basic knowledge of music reading is helpful.