St. John’s Lutheran Church in Summit is pleased to announce a new addition to its music ministry: a Chime Choir for fourth through sixth graders. The Chime Choir will be rehearsing on Sunday afternoons beginning April 7th, from 1:00 to 1:30 PM. The choir is open to all fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who are interested in learning to ring the chimes, making exciting music, and sharing their music in worship. The Chime Choir joins the Lutherringers, an intergenerational handbell choir playing almost 5 octaves of handbells, and the Adult Choir, an SATB ensemble of 25 adult and older youth singers.

Generous gifts by members and friends brought St. John’s its first set of handbells in 1993. This 2-octave set of Malmark handbells was crafted in Plumsteadville, PA. Additional gifts allowed the church to purchase the 3rd octave of bells in 2001, the fourth octave and the low bells C3 and F3 in 2007, and in 2008, the upper fifth octave of bells. In October 2009, members and friends gave money for the purchase of 3 octaves of Malmark Choirchimes, square tubular aluminum instruments, and in February 2010, the low D#3 handbell was added, bringing the set of Malmark bells close to completion. Only the low D3, E3, and F#3 bells remain to be added to complete the set.

Donna Garzinsky, the new organist and handbell director at the church said, “This new Chime Choir will be a great opportunity for children to find out how exciting music-making and chime-ringing is. They will be joining many other talented musicians in the music ministry at St. John’s.”

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For more information, contact the church at musicdirector@stjohnssummit.org, by phone at 908 273-3846, or visit online at www.stjohnssummit.org. The church is located at 587 Springfield Ave. in Summit, NJ.