Music Ministry Update
Many thanks to the many members of our congregation who attended the Music Ministry Town Hall conversation this past November, 2020. We gained a lot of valuable information and insight into what we as a congregation would like to see for the future of our music ministry.
Here is a brief summary of our dreams and desires for our future Music Minister:
After the Town Hall, the Church Council had an extensive discussion about what our next steps should be. Our conversation turned to our current guest organist, Matthew Hummel, who has been with us since early October. Everyone who has interacted with Matt agrees that he has been doing a great job and is skilled, dedicated and a pleasure to work with. In addition, we realized that while the pandemic continues to be a concern, we don’t have any need for the extra services, which would be provided by a Music Minister.
- Work with the Children’s ministry, Sunday School, children’s choirs/instrumental groups, children’s holiday performances (such as at Easter, Christmas)
- Work with community musical organizations who wish to utilize the space and help connect with the community via music
- Have an open mind to utilizing and experimenting with different musical styles, instruments, and arrangements
- Be an Organist, Pianist, and able to direct the choir
- Continue the relationship built with current contracted musicians, build new relationships, too
- Manage maintenance of physical music resources (such as the organ, piano, other instruments, plus catalog the music owned by SMT)
- Collaborate with the congregation and Pastor for worship, special occasions and events
- Enthusiastically share the joy of the SMT musical program and resources with visitors and the congregation
- Provide tours of the organ and the historical SMT buildings to visitors, congregants, new members, and children
To that end, the Council offered Matt a continuation of his Guest Organist position through June, 2021 — at which point, we will resume the discussion of a Music Minister Search. We are delighted to share that he agreed to stay on with us!
Please join us in welcoming Matt to our community!
Matthew Hummel began as interim organist in the middle of October. He is a native of Mount Union, Pennsylvania. Growing up his teacher in organ and piano was Mrs. Beverly Tilson, an organist at First United Methodist Church in Mount Union. While attending St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania Matthew continued his organ studies with Rev. Cyprian Constatine, O.S.B. After college, Matthew was the music director at St. Alban's Anglican Church in Murrysville, Pennsylvania and took private lessons with Sr. Cynthia A Pock, n/OLF, AAGO. In 2013 Matthew relocated to Columbus, Ohio and was organist at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Newark, Ohio for the last 6 and 1/2 years. Matthew recently relocated to Hoboken this fall and works as a project manager in Manhattan.
Photo: Mark Singleton