Christ Lutheran Church has choirs for all ages in which to participate. The music proclaimed enriches the faith journey of the participants. We believe that the anthems are offerings to God and not performances. All the choirs strive to give their very best, following the words of J.S. Bach- “soli Deo Gloria” ( solely for the glory of God).
Cherub Choir-ages 4 through grade 1
The Cherubs meet on a Wednesday evening at 6:45 in the choir room, as part of the BasiX program. Children learn about the church year, and begin to sing songs appropriate for various Sundays. They also participate in a bible study.
Children's Choir- grades 2 through 5
The Children also meet on a Wednesday beginning at 6:45. They participate in a bible study and learn about the church. They begin reading music and singing approximately once a month. Schedules are handed out at the beginning of the school year.
Youth Choir grades 6-12
The Youth meet on a Sunday evening from 5:45 – 6:30. They sing music from many various styles and time periods. They learn more about reading music and part singing and often take part in singing the psalm and other parts of the liturgy. The choir sings about once a month throughout the school year. They occasionally enjoy refreshments or a pasta or dessert party
Adult Choir ( late high school and older)
The adults meet on a Sunday evening beginning at 7:15. They sing weekly, alternating between the early and late service. A schedule for the year is handed out in September. This fun group enjoys singing together and offering their talents to God. Music is sung appropriate to the day or season of the church year. Music is practiced well in advance, so that missing an occasional rehearsal does not affect membership.
Youth Bell Choir ( middle school and high school age youth)
Youth Bells meets on a Wednesday evening from 7:45 – 8:30 (after BasiX classes end). Music reading skills along with handbell techniques are taught at rehearsals. This group plays about 7 times throughout the school year.
Adult Bell Choir
Adult Bells meet on a Sunday evening from 6:30 -7:15. This group plays 3 octaves of Schulmerich bells and Malmark choir chimes. Some music reading is required but previous handbell experience is not necessary. This group plays about once a month. A schedule is given at the beginning of the year.
Deborah (Deb) Dillane has been organist at Christ Lutheran Church in Elizabethtown, PA since 1995 and was named Director of Music in 2006. She plans and accompanies worship and directs 6 vocal and handbell choirs. She previously served congregations in the Harrisburg and Reading areas. A graduate of Lebanon Valley College, studying with Pierce Getz, Deb has also done graduate studies at Westminster Choir College, West Chester University, and Lebanon Valley College. She taught in the music department at Milton Hershey School for fourteen years and taught private piano and organ lessons for many years. She served as accompanist for many recitals at LVC and Elizabethtown College, accompanied the Alumni Chorale of Lebanon Valley College for several years, and was accompanist for 4 choir tours to Europe with the Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Pierce Getz.
Instrumentalists are used frequently to accompany choirs or to play as preludes or offertories.
Men’s and Boys/ Women’s and Girls Choirs meet on a Saturday morning and sing at the liturgies the next day. These groups sing once a year with the date advertised well in advance.
All groups are directed by Deborah Dillane. You may contact her at: 717-367-2786 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.