The goal of the Music Ministry of Oakland Baptist Church is to enable all persons to worship and experience the presence of God through congregational singing and the inspiration of choral and instrumental music. Oakland provides a place of service for those whose interest and talents lie in the area of music. Developing the art of music making begins at an early age and continues for a lifetime. Through participation in the Music Ministry, members of our various groups experience spiritual growth through their personal praise, love and devotion to God, increase their musical knowledge and skills, and develop life-long friendships. Our worship services are blessed by the wide variety of music presented by our vocal choirs, handbell choirs, early service band, and instrumentalist. Become a part of our musical family! For more information contact: Rev. Suzanne Ringer at (803)328-3864 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Music for Adults
Oakland’s Chancel Choir provides music at our Traditional worship service (11:00 am) that encompasses the entire musical spectrum. During Christmas and Easter, often the choir sings major works accompanied by orchestra. The Chancel Choir participates in Festival By the Sea and was a founding member of this festival. The choir is a close- knit family that readily opens its arms to new members. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Sunday at 5:45 pm.
Early/Creative Service Band
For our Early/Creative Service (8:45 am), the music is rehearsed and presented by a group of Oaklanders who are interested in leading contemporary Christian music. Composed of guitarists and singers, this group rehearses each week and provides a wonderful selection of the current Contemporary Christian pieces and upbeat arrangements of hymns. Various skills come into play in providing this style of music to Oakland’s membership. Participation in this group is always welcomed.
The Oakland Ringers is an adult handbell group that participates in worship several times throughout the church year. This group rings five octave of bells and handchimes and participates in yearly handbell festivals. The Oakland Ringers play during the 11:00 am worship. They rehearse on Sundays at 6:45 pm.
Music for Youth
Youth Choir (6th – 12th Graders)
The Youth Choir sing for worship several times during the school year. Their annual participation in the Festival By the Sea, a youth choir festival in Myrtle Beach, is a highlight of the year. This choir was a founding member of this youth choir festival. Many of our teenagers are also highly involved in the chorus or band programs at their schools. The Youth Choir rehearses on Sunday at 5:00 pm.
Jubal Ringers (6th – 12th Graders)
The Jubal Ringers play regularly during the school year and display an advanced understanding of music reading and performance. This group rehearses on Sunday at 4:15 pm.
Music for Children
The children’s music education program at Oakland Baptist Church begins at 18-months and continues through fifth grade. We utilize several resources and tools to provide children with an excellent musical experience. Our Preschoolers begin their exploration of music through Kindermusik© and experience music in many extraordinarily active ways. Our teachers are highly trained with many years of leading these programs. Our Kindermusik© participants are not performing choirs but spend their time discovering music and growing with its concepts.
Music for our first through fifth graders (The Singers and Young Musicians) builds on the Kindermusik© curriculum through the use of Orff and Kodaly. These noted teaching methods encourage our children to be creative as they learn to sing. Our first through fifth grade choirs learn to lead in worship singing two to three times a year. These children also participate and perform in our Children’s Summer Music Camp. As these children enter third, fourth and fifth grades, their music horizons expand with the opportunity to learn to ring handbells.
We have classes for children 18 months–2 year olds (*Parents are asked to participate with this group), 3-4 year olds and 5 year olds. These groups meet on Wednesdays from 6:00-6:35pm.
The Singers (1st-2nd Graders)
Our first and second grade students spend their choir time developing their vocal abilities. In this year, The Singers spend time learning more about the art of singing. Learning to project their voices, match pitch, and using their bodies as an instrument helps the child to better understand and practice the things necessary to sing to the best of their ability. The children spend their year singing in unison and learning the concept of blend. The Singers participate in the annual Christmas Pageant and sing on Children’s Sunday in the spring. The Singers rehearse on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 6:35 pm.
Young Musicians (3rd-5th Graders)
Our elementary music education continues with the third through fifth grade Young Musicians choir. Much emphasis is placed on the Kodaly style of singing and pitch recognition. Time is spent reading rhythms and notes for a greater understanding. This choir also develops the singing skills of the children including more advanced two part singing. The children are also involved in use of Orff instruments to develop rhythmic skills while singing. This choir sings in worship several times during the year and prepares our elementary singers with abilities that are used in our Youth Choir. This group also participates in worship each week by serving as acolytes and crucifers for our traditional 11:00 service. The Young Musicians rehearse on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 6:35 pm.
Children’s Handbells (3rd-5th Graders)
This is a beginning Handbell Choir. These students develop musical skills and play in worship several times per year. The Children’s Handbells rehearse on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm.