Music is a vital part of life at Mount Olive, giving people an exceptional musical experience in the context of the church’s liturgical life.
The Senior Choir has been a vital part of Mount Olive’s music ministry thanks to the dedication of many long-standing choir members. The Senior Choir sings on average three Sundays a month and rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:00–8:30. Those interested in singing with this choir should contact Kantor Rosebrock for more information.
The Handbell Choirs are seasonal ensembles, coming together to play occasionally throughout the year. The Adults rehearse on Wednesday evenings and the Youth (middle school through high school) on Sunday nights. Mount Olive has a five octave set of handbells accommodating up to 15 ringers. If you are interested in ringing with one of the Handbell Choirs please contact Allison Schweitzer.
Music in our Day School is a vital part of every student’s education at Mount Olive. All students in kindergarten through fifth grade have music class twice a week with Kantor Rosebrock. These music classes focus on music literacy, hymnody, folk songs from a variety of cultures, playing instruments, and learning about major composers of Western music. Middle school students choose between a number of performance ensembles (School Choir, School Handbells, and School Band) and Music Appreciation each year.
The Schola Cantorum exists to give young people an exceptional musical experience in the context of the church’s liturgical life and to cultivate lifelong musicians for service in the church. Choristers are trained as young musicians, while being given an opportunity to sing wonderful repertoire and to grow in their Christian faith and Lutheran identity. This experience gives each chorister the opportunity for significant spiritual and personal growth. Participation in the Schola Cantorum also develops the choristers’ self-discipline, sense of responsibility and commitment, and strengthens each of their abilities to work with their peers.
The Schola Cantorum is a ministry of Mount Olive Lutheran Church open to any child between the ages of eight and fourteen who 1) can match pitch accurately; 2) can commit to the rehearsal and service schedule; and for boys 3) have not begun their voice change. The choir rehearses on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15–4:45 and sings on average once a month. Contact Kantor Rosebrock for enrollment information.
Schola Camp at Mount Olive began in the summer of 2015. This is a week-long day camp where choristers have the opportunity for daily prayer, intense rehearsals, classes in music theory and improvisation, handbells, individual voice coaching, summer activities, and a service project in the community.