Music Ministry of Geneva Presbyterian Church is a vital, multifaceted program designed to excite participants, and stir the spiritual needs of the congregation with inspiring music.
There are many opportunities within the Music Ministry for all to be involved. Volunteers are always welcome!
Chancel Choir – sings at the 10:30 am Service on Sunday mornings. Rehearsals are weekly on Tuesday at 7:00 pm, with a warm-up and review on Sunday mornings at 9:30 p.m. During the Christmas season we extend our Tuesday rehearsal and add an hour on Sunday after worship to learn more complex, holiday offerings.. The choir is open to all who love to sing, no audition is required. It is helpful if you can read music (but not necessary) and very helpful if you can carry a tune!
Hand Bell Choir – provides special music on an “as needed” basis. (At least once a month, with two concerts per year and more, whenever everyone is in town, and a new program is ready) We have well over 3 octaves (it might be 4 octaves now) and have chimes, too. Prior experience with hand bells and the ability to read music is not required, but helpful. Rehearsals led by Carol Calvert, are weekly on Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Carol is a seasoned, gentle and enthusiast ringer, who teachers her group to use all of the various handbell techniques, including Echo, Gyro, Malleting, Matellato, Plucking, Shaking, the Singing Bell, a Tower Swing and the most affecting Thumb Damp. They are a marvelous group, with participants from other churches who come for the fun, the inspiration and sheer sport of it!
If you have any questions about the music program at Geneva, please contact the church office and leave a message for Roman. He will return your call as soon as he can.
Come join us!
Director of Music
Roman Testroet recently relocated to St. Augustine from Durham, NC, where he was a graduate student at Duke in Historical Musicology, with interests in Church Music and Hip-Hop. In addition to his position as Music Director at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Roman directed the Collegium Musicum Early Music Choir at Duke and served as the Interim Curator of their instrument collection. He has been a frequent collaborator with the Triangle-based Voices of a New Renaissance, Singers of New and Ancient Music, El Fuego, and Christ Church Raleigh’s Schola Cantorum.
Esther moved to North Florida in September of 2010 from South Florida where she had been organist at First Presbyterian Church in Boca Raton for seventeen years. She earned her B.A. with a major in music from Malone University in Canton, Ohio and her M.M. in applied organ from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Additional organ study was done under Diane Bish at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale and additional piano study was with Judith Burganger of Florida Atlantic University. She is a member of the Jacksonville American Guild of Organists and serves on the Executive Board. She plays for, and sings with, the Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale and participated in the Café Ole presentation here at Geneva in May of this year.
Director, Bell Choirs
Carol moved to Florida in 1993 from western Massachusetts. She has studied and plays organ and piano and has played hand bells for over 30 years including 5 years under direction of clinician, Valerie Stephenson. She sings with the Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale. Miss Carol also plays with, and has directed, the River City Ringers, and advanced Handbell choir.
The Joyful Ringers hand bell choir plays each month, level 2 – 3 with chimes and techniques.
Mr. Carol, is in charge of the property committee. He will also answer to Cliff.
Roman keeps this sheet keenly updated.