At Pritchard we believe that there is great importance and benefit in providing a broad-based music ministry which grants opportunities for persons of virtually any age to participate in choirs, handbell choirs and instrumental ensembles. We also believe that it is valuable to include a variety of musical styles for each of our music groups to sing or play. These styles may include traditional hymns, modern choral anthems, contemporary worship and praise, and traditional southern gospel music.
Pritchard also holds to the philosophy that music has a very important function in our worship services. Each of our groups has opportunities to lead our congregation in worship throughout the year.
Along with the regular activities of the music ministry, there are a number of special events that occur during the year. Among these are the Broadway Comes to South End, our annual Broadway-style Christmas production, composer weekends, and concerts by Christian artists. There are also a number of themed events such as Hee-Haw for Haiti, Pritchard Idol, and Broadway to Hollywood: Music of the Stage and Screen. These are wonderful opportunities for our congregation, but they also serve as opportunities to reach into our community.
Annual Special Events: Broadway Comes to South End, our annual Broadway-style Christmas production, composer weekends, and concerts by Christian artists
The Sanctuary Choir is the primary vocal group at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church. The Choir’s main responsibility is to lead our congregation in worship through music. During worship, the choir sings a variety of choral music which may include original compositions by contemporary composers, arrangements of hymns and contemporary worship songs, and occasional southern gospel-style arrangements. The Choir also participates in special events including the Broadway Comes to South End at Christmas, composer weekends and other non-seasonal musicals. Some of these musicals have recently included “My Utmost for His Highest” and “Somebody’s Praying Me Through.”
The Sanctuary Choir practices in the Music Building on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
We invite our middle school and high school students to join our Youth Choir. In addition to leading in worship monthly, this group also takes part in the special events put on by the music ministry and joins other choirs from throughout the state and region for festivals and concerts. Each summer our Youth Choir tours different parts of the country doing mission work and proclaiming the message of Christ through song.
Past tour destinations have included Myrtle Beach, Homestead, FL, Atlanta and New York City. While on tour, the Youth Choir has sung in retirement homes, led a music camp for disadvantaged children, and served in a soup kitchen. The Youth Choir practices in the Sanctuary on Sunday afternoons from 11:45 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
"Past Youth Choir tour destinations have included Myrtle Beach, Homestead, FL, Atlanta and New York City."
The Sunago Singers is made up of representatives from our talented senior adult membership. This group has an active ministry of singing in local retirement homes and other venues throughout the city. They also occasionally lead us in worship and participate in the annual North Carolina Baptist Senior Adult Choir Festival.
The Sunago Singers practice in the Music Building on Thursday mornings from 10:30 a.m-11:30 a.m.
Kidz Jam! is a choral group for 1st through 5th graders. In Kidz Jam participants learn the basic fundamentals of music, hymn memorization and Bible story lessons, all while having a ton of fun! They play Boomwhackers, rhythm games and music theory games. While they sing in the Sunday morning worship service throughout the year, they also do a small performance at Christmas and then wrap up the school year with a Spring musical that allows the children to take on lead roles and solos.
Kids Jam! practices on the second floor of the Fletcher building on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
KICK Start is a high energy group for kids three years old through kindergarten. They love to sing praises to God. While learning fun songs, they focus on memorization, reading music and playing rhythm instruments. Like Kidz JAM, KICK Start performs at Christmas during the Sunday morning worship service and at the end of each school year with a Spring performance.
KICK Start practices on the second floor of the Fletcher building on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Our church orchestra regularly leads in worship. This group is made up of eighth grade students, high school students, college students, and adults who are dedicated to using their gifts to benefit the congregation each week. The orchestra’s primary responsibility is to accompany the congregational singing. The orchestra also plays arrangements of contemporary worship songs and hymns for the prelude or offertory. While many of these are traditional orchestra arrangements, some are based on the styles of the bands Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire. The choir has also held two "pops" concerts, view photos here: Orchestra Outdoor Pops 2013.
The orchestra practices in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
The Handbell Choir plays occasionally for Sunday worship and participates in the annual North Carolina Baptist Handbell Festival. They also play extensively for worship in the Christmas season, as well as for other special events.
The Handbell Choir practices in the Music Building on Sunday afternoons from 11:45 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
Beginning Hand Chimes
Beginning Hand Chimes is an introduction to handbell music for children in the 2nd through the 5th grade. During their rehearsal time they focus on learning to read music. They learn rhythms, names of notes and note symbols. In addition to playing hand chimes, participants also play Boomwhackers and Orff instruments.