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.
The Aldersgate Choir meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30-8:00 PM to rehearse and performs 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. The Contemporary Worship Team rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 8:00-9;00 PM and is led by Director of Music, Willis Rosenfeld. Contact:
Carillon Ringers meets on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 PM. This group rings once a month in church and also out in the community. Our handbell choirs attend festivals with other choirs. This choir is directed by Jack Layne. Contact:
In addition to handbells, percussion has been introduced to our music department and workshops are scheduled periodically under the direction of Jack Layne. For more information contact Jack at To sign up for July 26, 2018, Drumming in the Spirit 102 workshop with a performance on July 29 click here.
Children’s and Youth Music Ministries
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.
Children’s Bell Choir
Our Children’s Bell Choir meets Sunday mornings at 11:30 during the school year following the Children’s Choir. It is directed by Jack Layne. Contact:
The Children’s Choir is for children Kindergarten through the 5th grade. This 30-minute choir offers a little bit of everything for our younger 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. At Christmas time they will perform a Christmas musical for our congregation. 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 Children’s Choir meets at 11:00 AM on Sunday mornings and is directed by Stephanie Perhach. Contact: