Music

Music Director: Mr. Abe TeGrotenhuis adds a level of eloquence to our worship experience with meaningful music and thoughtful beautiful playing! We do indeed have an excellent music program! A short biography about Abe is on the right index!

Choirs

The Christian Generation Singers (CGS)

  • Kindergarten to Grade 4

  • Practise Thursday evenings 6:00pm; Child friendly meal provided 5:30pm

  • Sing at worship services about once a month

  • Perform at Seniors' Residences, on occasion, as part of their outreach

  • Directed by Erin Berard

Bell Canto

  • Grade 5 & up

  • Practise Thursday evenings 6:40pm; Child friendly meal provided 5:30pm

  • Sing at worship services about once a month

  • Perform at Seniors' Residences, on occasion, as part of their outreach

  • Directed by Erin Berard

Grace Notes

  • Gather for weekly practise Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am

  • Sing once a month at the Sunday service

  • Participate in "singouts" at area Seniors' Residences

  • Directed by Abe TeGrotenhuis

The Men's Chorus

  • Practise at agreed upon times

  • Sing at Sunday morning services, from time to time

  • Directed by Abe TeGrotenhuis

The Sanctuary Choir

  • Practise from September to June, on Thursday evenings at 7:15 pm

  • Sing Sunday mornings, 3 times per month

  • Directed by Abe TeGrotenhuis

Choristers perform both sacred and secular music for their own pleasure, and for the listening pleasure of the congregation.

 

If you wish to obtain further information about the Choirs or the Music Program at Bells Corners United, please contact Abe TeGrotenhuis at music@bcuc.org or the Church Office.



 

Abe TeGrotenhuis

Music Director


Biography

Hello: My name is Abraham TeGrotenhuis, but you can call me Abe for short. I am the new Music Director here at Bells Corners United Church and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I am an Eastern Ontario native, raised on a farm, poultry/beef/crops, outside of Spencerville Ontario not far from Roebuck where I now live with my wife Susan and 2 daughters. I began taking piano lessons at age 5 from a local teacher (and United Church organist) and I passed Grade 8 Royal Conservatory piano with Honours at age 13. I was playing Grade 9 repertoire when I began High School in, well, let's just say the 80s, but that is basically the extent of my "training"! Funny thing is, I never ever heard the music I was learning to play except for hymns. Inside our home I heard organ music recordings, a little country gospel, Sunday afternoon Hymn Sing on CBC and most importantly, Sesame Street/Muppet music! Outside of the home, I heard lots of country, some classic rock, but especially 80s pop! It was also the late 80s that I locked onto Christian Contemporary Music which was just morphing beyond acceptable country gospel to the new pop/rock/praise and worship sound with artists like Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Petra and Maranatha Music. I have inherited my appreciation for organ music from my dad, who was self-taught and was the morning service, volunteer organist at Kemptville Christian Reformed Church for 25+ years. He always dreamed of playing on a real pipe organ but the only organs available to him were Wurlitzers, Conns and Hammonds. The CRC was a strong congregational singing church, no separate choir, and it was where I learned the old favourite hymns, learned to sing in parts and how to lead worship on organ or piano when I was given the chance to fill-in for afternoon services at age 15. The regular afternoon service musicians had a big effect on me as well because they played the music in a "free" style with an obvious element of "fun". I have always been involved musically in whatever church or youth setting I found myself, but my first real organist/choir director position happened at Westwood United church in Guelph in 1999, when I filled-in "temporarily" after the retirement of the previous organist. This was while I was employed full-time at Mitra/AGFA, a medical information/imaging technology company in Waterloo. Yes, I followed a career path in computer technology out of high school because I couldn't picture how to survive on music alone, as my only experience at that point was related to church music and usually volunteer at that! Over the years, however, it became increasingly obvious that I have developed abilities in music that I must express more fully. Since returning to Eastern Ontario, I have been music director at Merrickville United, First United in Westboro and Wall Street United in Brockville. I spent a year being on the accompanist team at Brockville's St.Lawrence College in their acclaimed Music Theatre-Performance program. I accompany the Spencerville Community Choir and am part of the Village Voyces ensemble also based out of Spencerville. Abe

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As well as Sunday worship support, BCUC's choirs provide further musical offerings by presenting concerts, just for fun, at Christmas and other times of the year! Approximately every two years, the church mounts a musical.

Musical Photo




Bells Corners United is also blessed with numerous musically talented people, and worship services are often enhanced by the richness of the gifts they share.




If you wish to obtain further information about the Choirs or the Music Program at Bells Corners United, please contact Abe TeGrotenhuis at music@bcuc.org or the Church Office.