The Chancel choir is a vital part of Central's Worship services. The choir primarily sings Sunday mornings in the 11:15 a.m. service, with occasional double services (to include 9:00 a.m. services). Rehearsals are held September to June on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. No audition is required, but some music reading is helpful. Special services include:A Fesitival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.
Central's Youth Choir is comprised of 6th through 12th grade singers. The ensemble leads worship at the 9:00 a.m. sanctuary service approximately once a month throughout the academic year. Singers explore various music styles, learn about elements of worship through first-hand experience, and acquire knowledge of the basic rudiments of music. The choir members also have the opportunity to participate in events such as the South Carolina United Methodist Youth Choir Festival. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:15 p.m.
The mission of the Children’s Choirs program at Central is to actively involve our children in worship and to nurture their ability to lead through music. Our Children’s Choirs meet for rehearsal on Wednesday evenings as follows:
- Preschool Choir (ages 4K & 5K) meets from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. in room 293
- Elementary Choir (grades 1 & 2) meets from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. in room 292 under the direction of Sharon Tanner
- Junior Choir (grades 3 – 5) meets from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. in room 292 under the direction of Sharon Tanner.
Several times during the choir season (which runs September through Palm Sunday), our Children’s Choirs participate as worship leaders in both our traditional services and The Well.
The Masterworks Choir is a regional choir of adult mixed voices, based in Florence. Central acts as a sponsor for this choir by providing rehearsal and performance facilities. For more information, visit www.masterworkschoir.org.
Central United Methodist Church's Memorial Handbell choir is for advanced ringers and plays a full Five Octave set of Schulmerich Handbells and a three octave set of Schulmerich Melody Chimes. The bell choir attempts to perform about once a month and for special services for Advent/Christmas (December), Lent, Easter and Mother's Day. These choirs also perform away, in festivals, or by invitation. The Director of the Handbell program is Beverly Hazelwood. The Handbell Choir holds rehearsal every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Handbell Room #290.
Howard Starks is a renowed composer and arranger, retired as director after many years of his service.
We have new energy in the handbell program. Eight elementary children are ringing together in class from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. each Wednesdays.
For more information contact Beverly Hazelwood at 843-229-0565.
The Sanctuary Organ
The pipe organ is the traditional musical instrument of the Church. Its primary purpose is to provide leadership in congregational singing. The instrument's ability to sustain chords and maintain steady wind pressure was the impetus for its invention many centuries ago. In its own way, the current pipe organ at Central traces the history and development of the present sanctuary and congregation. The organ, restored in 1988 by the Schantz Organ Company of Orville, Ohio, contains pipe work from the original organ installed in 1913.The organ at Central contains 64 ranks of pipes totaling nearly 4,000 pipes. It is used to lead public worship services, to accompany choral concerts and for solo organ recitals. Stop List