special projects & events
Join 4- and 5-year-olds, having their first choir experience. Rehearse the six Sunday mornings before Christmas Eve and perform at the 4pm worship service. Sign-ups available in November.
Led by director Darin Riedel, 1st through 3rd graders meet for six weeks, twice a year, and sing at the Christmas Eve and Mother’s Day worship services. Sign-ups available in November.
Led by director Darin Riedel, 4th through 7th graders meet every Sunday at 6:30pm during the school year and sing in worship once a month. They perform musicals, attend festivals and participate in the 4pm Christmas Eve worship service. Experience handbells, recitals, learning projects, and liturgical events.
Journey Choir, for grades 8–12, meets during the school year on Sunday nights at 6:30pm after youth group programming. This youth choir sings a wide variety of music in worship and special concerts.
YOUTH BELL CHOIR
Directed by Krista Riedel, ringers 4th through 12th grades are welcome to join our newest ensemble! The Youth Bell Choir rehearses Sundays at 11:30am.
Known as one of the premier music ensembles in Twin Cities churches, the Sanctuary Choir leads in worship nine months of the year. Its worship repertoire has many ranges, with the main goal being that individuals experience God’s presence. The choir gives several concerts each year, singing major works of the choral/orchestral literature, both old and new. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:30–9:30pm. Membership is open to all. Contact Mark Squire, Director of Music & Fine Arts, for more information.
During the summer months, our worship music leadership mode is more informal. Join the choral fun on a week-to-week basis. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings before the 10am worship service.
This is an auditioned ensemble of about 20 singers, meeting weekly and performing at non-Sunday morning events. The Chamber Singers give concerts at our church and around the community. Membership is by audition as openings occur.
Hennepin Chime plays handbells monthly in worship. The Chime also performs at concerts, festivals, on Christmas Eve and other special days. Membership is by audition as openings occur.
resident & rehearsing artists
Musicians will tell you that you don’t get to this level of playing without a little work. You also don’t get to this place — with this kind of resumé — without a lot of joy.
From its beginning two decades ago, the Four Voices String Quartet (4VSQ) has exemplified a passion for chamber music with a desire to expand the breadth of what it means to be a quartet. With serious classical training at their roots, the four of them — Laurie Petruconis (violin), Allison Jones (violin), Susan Janda (viola) and Rebecca Arons (cello) — also branch out and frequently cross genres as performers and recording artists. You will see them in many venues, from the stages at Orchestra Hall and the jazz club, the opera pit and the wedding ceremony, polishing tracks at the studio or giving the room a different glow at a special company event. They are always looking to try new things, which is why 4VSQ has become a traditional quartet that is often anything but.
And all of this brings them back to the idea of joy.
Joy is why Four Voices String Quartet does what it does: the joy of making good music and the joy of sharing it. It’s also what they hope to leave with you. Learn more on their website.
As featured by The Today Show, NPR, and the BBC, countertenor Mikah Meyer’s career has seen him called everything from “a mover and a shaker” by Classical Singer Magazine to “a sexy travel guru” for his work integrating music into world record-setting travels. Mikah has performed as a soloist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Canada’s L’Orchestre
As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Mikah received a Masters in Voice at McGill University studying with Sony Classical Masterworks countertenor Daniel Taylor and Grammy award-winning baritone Sanford Sylvan. During undergraduate study at the University of Memphis, Mikah’s interest grew in expanding countertenor repertoire, including being the co-creator of “Dr. Mezzo & Mr. High,” a cabaret-style battle between himself and mezzo-soprano Kathryn Humphries, designing the lecture recital “The Modern Countertenor,” and later performing with the musical-improv troupe “Door #3.”
Mikah’s artistic endeavors merged with his passion for travel when he spent three years becoming the first person to experience all 419 U.S. National Park Service sites in a single journey, from 2016–2019. Along the way, he appeared as a soloist at over 150 venues in every state and territory, performing his multimedia, humor-infused “National Parks Cabaret” of musical theater, jazz, spirituals and other non-traditional countertenor repertoire. Meyer shares the universal lessons of this parks project as a motivational keynote speaker for companies, colleges and churches around the country.
Join him for more adventures at www.MikahMeyer.com or at @MikahMey on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
The Copper Street Brass Quintet has been with us since the fall of 2008, making Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church their home base for rehearsals, office space, worship, and concerts. The quintet plays in schools, churches, and concert halls in the Twin Cities and beyond. They play in worship services–giving preludes and postludes, leading hymns, and accompanying anthems.
The Copper Street Brass is the premier brass chamber ensemble in Minnesota and one of only a handful of self-sustaining brass groups in the country. They were founded in 2008 as a professionally trained classical chamber music ensemble with two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba. They present exclusively their own music–which is an original blend of musical styles from Mozart to Madonna–in over 35 concerts and 100 outreach services each season. The group sound has been described by reviewers as “flawless”, “polished”, and “somewhere between magnificent and exquisite.” Their artistic excellence was widely recognized in 2013 when they were chosen as a finalist for the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship.
Each of their individual artists is a master of his or her craft. Their 5 core musicians–Allison Hall, Josh Cameron, Tim Bradley, Alex Wolff, and Nick Adragna–have a combined 9 professional music and education degrees and thousands of performances under their belts. Their artists have performed with world-renowned classical ensembles like the Minnesota Orchestra, SPCO, Minnesota Opera, and Malaysian Philharmonic and also have the versatility to perform with jazz/blues groups such as Davina and the Vagabonds and Nooky Jones. Their musicians have recorded individually for Prince, Grammy-winner Big Walter Smith, and many other groups.
Bells of the Lakes is a community handbell ensemble that began as an outreach of Hennepin Avenue UMC’s music ministry. Made up of highly experienced handbell musicians, they play concerts locally and across the region. Additionally, they sponsor educational events for other ringers and directors.
The first public concert for Bells of the Lakes as a ringing ensemble was at Handbell Exploration at the Thunderbird Hotel in Bloomington, MN in 1996. They performed at the International Symposium of English Handbell Ringers in Birmingham, England in 2000 and were a featured concert ensemble at Pinnacle, a symposium of community handbell ensembles in Orlando, Florida in 2002. In the summer of 2006, they performed the closing concert at the AGEHR National Directors’ Seminar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the years weekend tours have taken the ensemble to the north, south and western edges of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, North and South Dakota, Iowa and Indiana. They performed with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus for their annual Christmas event in 2003 and 2010. Bells of the Lakes continues to bring the art of handbell ringing into the surrounding community with an active concert schedule.
The first recording for the group was for Augsburg Fortress publisher’s demonstration CD of new releases in 1998. Since that time, there have been additional publisher demo recordings and the release of “Bells of the Lakes” which was recorded in the McKnight Auditorium of the Minnesota History Center in 2000, and “Ring the Bells of Christmas” which was recorded at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in 2002. “Bells of the Lakes Celebrates 10 Years” was released in 2006 to mark the ensemble’s tenth anniversary. And “Hymns” was released in 2011 to celebrate the history of handbells in worship and the first Handbell Musicians of America Director’s Seminar held in Minneapolis, MN.
Learn more on their website.
The Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Sanctuary Organ (Robert Sipe, 1979) is a principal instrument for Sanctuary worship services and concert life of this prominent downtown Minneapolis congregation and remains one of the city’s finest instruments. The instrument is distinctive in a variety of ways. Read more about this very special Robert Sipe Organ.