Central has a rich musical tradition, and engages in a variety of styles and genres, both in worship and as a performance venue.
The Central Choir
Consisting of both volunteer and professional singers, the Central Choir sings in worship weekly September through May. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings and all are welcome!
Rehearsals each Wednesday evening at 7:15 from September through May. Need childcare? Need more info? Please contact Jennifer Anderson if you have questions, or would like more information about joining us!
This group of musicians gather occasionally throughout the year to play in worship. If you have some rhythm, and want to play with us, please join us. Contact Jennifer Anderson for more information.
Ars Nova Brass Quintet, artists-in-residence
The Ars Nova Brass Quintet was formed in 1980 when two of the original members, Dean Shea and Ehrich Koch, were attending St. John’s University. Ars Nova means “new art” or “new technique,” and is a phrase first used in 1322 to distinguish the new music of the Late Middle Ages (1310–1377). Ars Nova contrasted with the music of the immediately preceding age, known as Ars Anitiqua. Ars Antiqua was monophonic, with simple rhythms and accompaniment; Ars Nova introduced independence of rhythm and harmony to each musical line, leading to the development of greater musical expressiveness and variety, an evolution analogous to the revolutionary introduction of perspective in painting.
The Ars Nova Brass Quintet engages and entertains its audience by presenting an innovative perspective: Brass instruments are not just for marches and fanfares. The Quintet performs music of variety and expression from all time periods, styles and moods. Their repertoire includes music of the Renaissance, Classical and Romantic periods, both religious and secular, as well as gospel, jazz and ragtime.
VocalPoint (a non-profit 501 c 3), is an intense choral experience that challenges people through music to build a better world. We donate 100% of performance-driven donations to a worthy cause that will make a dramatic impact in everyday lives. We have worked with such gifted musicians as Maria Jette, Jearlyn Steele, Zenon Dance Company, Copper Street Brass Quintet, and Peter Mayer.
In our first six seasons, we have raised over $140,00 for non-profit organizations (Open Arms of Minnesota, Avenues for Homeless Youth, Neighborhood House, The Advocates for Human Rights, Upstream Arts, and One Heartland.)
Audition information can be found at www.vocalpointchorus.org
Contact Jennifer Anderson, Director of Music, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 103.