Sterling UMC offers music participation for every age. Our musical groups include vocal and handbell choirs for preschoolers, elementary age, middle and high school through adulthood. If you play an instrument there are also performance opportunities several times a year. If you would like more information about adult or children’s musical activities, please contact Willis Rosenfeld at or the church office at 703-430-6455.
Music ministry participants, please click the button below to fill out the music participant information sheet.
The Aldersgate Choir meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30-8:00 PM. We sing at the 9:00 AM worship service on Sunday as well as several special concerts throughout the program year. Our covenant is to provide the best quality music for our congregation that leads them into a place of deeper worship and relationship with God. Our choir is comprised of adults and youth and is directed by Willis Rosenfeld. Contact:
Contemporary Worship Team
Our Contemporary Worship Team is a group of vocal and instrumental musicians that provides contemporary worship style music for the 11:00 AM worship service on Sunday mornings. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 8:00-9;00 PM. Led by Willis Rosenfeld. Contact:
Good Vibrations meets on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:45 PM. This group takes things at a slightly slower pace and rings once a month in worship and out in the community. This choir is conducted by Jack Layne. Contact:
Carillon Ringers meets on Monday evenings from 7:45-9:00 PM. This more advanced group rings once a month in church and also out in the community. Both adult handbell choirs attend festivals with other choirs. This choir is also directed by Jack Layne. Contact:
Stellar Harmony is our youth vocal ensemble for singers in Middle and High School. We explore and perform spiritual music in all styles from traditional to contemporary. This group performs once a month in church and also out in the community.
The Youth Musical Production offers a time for our youth to learn more about the love God has for us through song, dance, acting, set design/creation, lighting and sound. Auditions for the musical are held in November.
Directed by Jack.Layne. Contact:
Celebration Ringers is for youth 6th grade and up with some musical experience. They ring more advanced music and attend a festival in November for youth ringers throughout the state of Virginia.
Children’s Bell Choirs
Chancel Chimes Choir is for children who have learned the basic concept of note reading and are now able to read music well enough to play their own part. With guidance, the children will learn to play songs with one to two chimes each.
Joyful Noise Ringers have mastered the basics and will begin to play harder songs. This includes learning new techniques beyond basic bell ringing. They learn enough songs to go to a spring festival with many other area handbell choirs.
Little Angels Choir is for children Kindergarten through 2nd grade. This 30-minute choir offers a little bit of everything for our youngest musicians. They spend some time learning new songs to sing about God’s love for them and all creation. They play various instruments as they learn ways to move their bodies that God so lovingly created just for them. The children also learn to ring tone chimes and learn how to handle many instruments in an appropriate manner. Our chimes are lighter than handbells and far more durable. By the end of the year, the children will begin to understand basic note reading. Most of all, this music time gives the children a chance to learn how to worship God and make music – two things that are vital to small children’s growth. The Little Angels choir meets at 11:00 AM on Sunday mornings and is directed by Stephanie Perhach. Contact:
Children’s Choir is a choir for our 3rd through 5th graders. The children need to be able to read the words to music and are given the opportunity to learn more about the “musical map”. They learn that when we sing to God, we give not just our voices, but our enthusiasm for all that God has given to us. This choir has the opportunity to attend a choir festival every other year with many area churches. They will also offer a Christmas musical to our congregation. The Children’s Choir meets at 11:15 AM on Sunday mornings and is directed by Stephanie Perhach. Contact: