Music and Choirs

Chancel Choir

The Central Christian Church Chancel Choir is an integral part of worship that prepares a wide variety of service music. The choir offers fellowship in a spiritual setting with traditional worship and music, and often invites guest artists like the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. Please contact Don Martin for more information.

The Chancel Choir provides service music at our 10:30 worship all year. This includes an Introit, prayer response and an anthem. Music covers a wide variety of styles including classical, gospel, newly composed and international. The choir is an accomplished group of singers who love to make music together and who care for each other. The rehearsals are Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30.

Central Christian Church Praise Team

Central Christian Church Praise Team is a ministry service which incorporates praise songs with visual arts to enhance the worship experience. This group leads fresh, contemporary praise music in a light, comfortable atmosphere. Check them out at rehearsal every Thursday night at 5:30 pm.

Brass Choir

Central has a group of brass players who meet regularly to prepare music for worship. They meet on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 7:00. They play at least once a quarter and perform hymn arrangements and other classical material.

Solo and Ensembles

 

There is ample opportunity for individuals to contribute to the worship experience by sharing their gifts of music as a soloist or as part of an ensemble. Each worship service has a spot for special music. We also have a four octave set of handbells that we use in worship.

John and Margaret Diller Memorial Organ

The John and Margaret Diller memorial organ was built and installed by Casavant Freres Limitee of Ste. Hyacinthe, Quebec in 1954-1955 for the new sanctuary at Central. The organ included 2,500 individual pipes in thirty-eight ranks. In 2001, Robert Dial of Springfield, IL built a new moveable console incorporating English keyboards and a solid state control system. Additions to the organ with new pipes and digital stops increased the scope of color available to the organist. Today it is one of the most revered organs in the Central Illinois region.

Sanctuary Concert Series

Our Sanctuary Concert Series brings in world class artists. Each year we host five or six concerts by organists, pianists, vocalists, instrumentalists of all kinds. In addition the series provides opportunities for Millikin choirs and youth symphony to perform. The concerts are free and open to the public and are supported by generous gifts.

 

View 2017-2018 Concert Series Brochure 

 

 

Heart & Soul Choir

The Heart & Soul Choir first began singing in 2012. Starting with only eight singers, the group has grown to more than 30. Heart & Soul exists to provide a place where people with special needs are able to express themselves through the musical art of singing. The choir provides an opportunity to develop friendships and offers mutual support for living. When music is expressed in an honest and genuine manner, it speaks to the soul. Central Christian Church is blessed to support this ministry.

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