Under the direction of Ed Schneider, Central United Methodist Church is blessed with an outstanding, full music program that includes the adult Chancel Choir, children and youth choirs, hand bell choir, and brass ensemble. Corey Powell, Organist and Music Associate, provides music on pipe organ and piano.
To view our Choir Schedules, use the the links on the left side of this page.
If you sing or play an instrument, it’s always a great time to join the Music Ministry! We have a full ministry of graded music programs. If you would like to offer your talents to the glory of God, we would like to hear from you!
As Central’s main worship choir, the Chancel Choir sings most Sundays in the 10:55 a.m. service and occasionally in both Sunday services. During special seasons of the year, the choir presents larger works with orchestral accompaniment. Membership is open to adults of any age and students in high school. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday nights from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. Contact: Ed Schneider (828) 253-3316, ext. 1302
A choir for adults with a more casual atmosphere. Rehearsals are on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Choir Room, and the group sings in worship (usually the 8:45 a.m. service) about once per month. Contact: Ed Schneider (828) 253-3316, ext. 1302
For students in grades 6-12, this group meets on Sunday afternoons from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. and sings occasionally in worship. Contact: Ed Schneider (828) 253-3316, ext. 1302
Directed by Music Associate Corey Powell, this ensemble rings in worship twice each semester. Rehearsals take place in the Bell Room each Wednesday from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Music reading skills required. Contact: Corey Powell (828) 253-3316, ext. 1303
One of our most vibrant and growing music groups, the Brass Ensemble is made up of brass instrumentalists from the congregation and community. The group meets on Thursday evenings in the Choir Room from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. and leads worship once every six weeks, as well as for special services and seasons. Contact: Richard Provine (828) 650-6406.
This choir is for children in Grades 1-5. Meets on Wednesdays from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m, September through April. The highlight of the year is the annual Children's musical presented in worship each Spring. Directors: Ed Schneider and Joanna Beck. Contact: Ed Schneider (828) 253-3316, ext. 1302
Our youngest choir, this group is for children age 4-5. Meets weekly during Sunday School from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. All children in the 4-5 year-old class (Pre-K & K class) are eligible. Cherub choir does not perform regularly, but is a time to introduce children to choir singing and build their musical confidence. Leaders: Ginger Haselden and Laura Provine. Contact: Ed Schneider (828) 253-3316, ext. 1302