Music Committee

May 19, 2019

Meal Train for Ashton Streavig

Our Youth Music Director, Ashton Streavig, is expecting a baby boy! The Music Committee is organizing a meal train for Ashton during this special time as they welcome the new family member. If you would like to sign up to prepare a meal for Ashton, please contact Amanda Halstead via email.

April 3, 2019

The Music Committee met on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:30pm. The Committee reviewed updates from Church Council regarding budget, church safety, and Pastor David's upcoming sabbatical. The Committee discussed final preparations for Open Mic Night to be held on April 27th at 7:30pm. The Committee discussed reactions to the Lenten Taize services. Although the services were small, there were positive reactions from those who played instruments and those who attended. Music staff acknowledged is required extra work. A recommendation was made to review congregation's knowledge of Taize and the possibilities of changing the name to reflect the meditative, quiet nature of the service. The Committee also reviewed summer plans including organ repair, guest musicians, and the idea of a youth strumming group led by Jessica Sammis Nilles.

February 27, 2019

The Music Committee met on Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30pm. The Committee discussed the upcoming organ repairs this summer. The Organ Reserve Fund is just over $16K. The repairs will cost up to $18K. With the permission of past donors to the Choir Robe Fund, the Music Committee will reallocate the remaining funds to the Organ Reserve Fund. The Music Trust fund will be used in all future needs for choir robe repairs, cleaning, or purchases. With this reallocation, the Music Committee will need to raise less than $2K to cover the cost of the organ repairs. Craig will coordinate a recital in September to feature the updates to the organ and will ask for a love offering to begin replenishing the organ reserve fund. The Music Committee discussed plans for Open Mic Night, scheduled for April 27. It was agreed to reach out to Christian Ed to see if the youth would like to participate and provide them an opportunity to fundraise at Open Mic Night. The Committee discussed music plans for Lent/Easter including the addition of 4 Taize services for the Lenten suppers. Finally, the Music Committee discussed the Endowment Funds to be used to renovate Room 7 into a Youth Music and Christian Ed room this July. The room will be used for Youth music rehearsals and classes on Sunday mornings before, during, and after services. Room 7 will be open to church members at all other times. The Committee and Music Staff will move forward towards final decisions for furniture purchases.

October 24, 2018

The Music Committee met on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 pm. The Committee discussed music plans and logistics for Advent and updates from the Ministry Board meeting. The Committee spent most of the time creating a proposal for the Endowment Fund to dedicate a shared space for our Youth Music ensembles and Christian Ed classes.

October 3, 2018

The Music Committee met on Wednesday, October 3. The meeting focused on discussions of identifying strengths of Little River’s Music Ministry and traditions favored by the congregation. In preparation for a report to the Future Ministries Committee, the Music Committee began discussions of envisioning the future of the Music Ministry at Little RIver and future requirements in terms of physical space. The Committee also discussed options for a proposal for the Endowment Fund. After brainstorming many different ideas, the Committee agreed to move forward on creating a proposal for a dedicated space for Youth Music and will seek out potential collaboration with Christian Education, Arts Committee, and Trustees. Additionally, the Committee prepared logistics for the upcoming Ministry Fair on October 14th.

August 29, 2018

The Music Committee met on Wednesday, August 29 at 7:30 pm. The Committee discussed possibilities for musical contributions to the Silent Auction for Rally Day and plans for a table at the Ministry Board Fair on October 14. The Music Committee spent most of the meeting discussing the organ and its need for repairs. The organ's electronics are malfunctioning and the organ preset buttons are failing because of aging in the electronics. Craig must manually change each organ stop to get a different sound. Craig is in touch with organ specialists and deciding the best course of action. Since there will by major repairs to the organ, it is the best time to make upgrades to the organ including memory expansion. The repairs will likely be done in summer 2019 to avoid any down time of the organ during the year. The Committee is exploring ways to pay for the cost in addition to using all funds from the Organ Reserve. The Committee also discussed Music Ministry goals for the future including the addition of Children's chimes and the needs of a dedicated space for Music Ministry. The Committee concluded the meeting by collaborating on evaluations for our Music staff.