Music has always had a strong ministry voice at Cargill UMC, with lots of talented members, friends and directors!  Richard and Marie Severing offer a powerful musical team as Director of Music Ministries and Adult Choir Director; Brian Leeper offers his talent on organ and piano (and sometime vocals), other great volunteers assist with youth or children’s choirs.

If you have a passion for music, perhaps one of the following groups are in your future!


Cargill Choir
This adult choir rehearses each Sunday morning in the lounge at 8 a.m. and sings during Sunday morning worship services.  It also prepared two large works each year with orchestra and soloists.  We take the summer off, when sometimes choir members fill in as soloists with personal music selections.  Please contact either Richard ( or Marie Severing (, or talk to any current member.

For the 2013 Christmas season, the Cargill Choir will perform the Daniel Pinkham “Christmas Cantata” with Brass Ensemble.  Rehearsal for this selection will be held during normal Sunday morning rehearsals.


To hear the Requiem from April 6th, 2014 >>Click Here<< 


Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir

The smaller groups are extensions of the Cargill Choir and rehearse during the normal rehearsal time on Sunday morning.


Bell Choir
Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  We play the third Sunday of each month at both services.  We are always interested in training new members to play bells either as full time members or as substitutes.  Please contact Richard Severing ( if you would like to give Bell Choir a try!


Noteworthy Singers
This is an enthusiastic senior music group who enjoys the company of each other and likes to learn something more about music.  We meet Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. (beginning 11/7/13 this fall).  We occasionally sing during the Thursday noon senior meal.


Spirit Singers
Spirit Singers children’s choir is a group of young, enthusiastic singers whose talent is just waiting to blossom!  Spirit Singers practice on Sundays from 10-10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays 5:45-6:30 p.m.  They generally sing the 1st & 3rd Sundays.  With the expanding numbers in the group, the choir is in need of some more volunteers.  If you sing, dream about singing, hum a tune or just enjoy singing with children, then God is calling you to be involved! 

Choir Schedule


Choral Union
Although not a church organization, many of our members and directors participate in Choral Union, a community-based classical music organization   (  Registration and the first rehearsal is Monday, September 9, 2013 at 6:30 at Cargill UMC for this year’s selection:  Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Hodie (This Day)”.  Performances will be December 7, 2013 at 7 p.m., and December 8, 2013 at 2 p.m.  Richard Severing is the Conductor of the choral and orchestral presentation.