Greetings from the Belmont United Methodist Church Music Ministry.

During the time of the COVID 19 pandemic the music ministry has structured singing opportunities based on research and guidance specifically related to the safety of singing.  Adults  are assembled in 2 separate ensembles of about 25 persons each.  These groups rehearse in the large Sanctuary space, with distance between singers and wearing masks.  The youth choir is meeting as one group and also rehearsing with distance between singers and masked in the large Sanctuary.

Handbell groups accommodate ringers spaced 7 feet apart with individual stations for each ringer.

With the exception of Parent/Child music group, the Children’s choirs have resumed meeting in-person with rehearsals held outside when weather permits and wearing masks at all times.

Here is a complete schedule of all musical ensembles:

Sanctuary Choir Ensemble 1: 5:00pm-5:45 on Wednesdays
Sanctuary Choir Ensemble 2: 6:45-7:30pm on Wednesdays
Open Door Singers (youth): 4:30-5:30pm on Sundays
Children’s Choirs (age 3years-6th grade): 6:00-6:45pm on Wednesdays
Parent/Child Music group: 10am on Fridays via zoom
Carillon Ringers: 1:30-3:00pm on Sundays
Wesley Ringers (youth): 3:30-4:30pm on Sundays
Celebration Ringers: 1:00-2:00pm on Thursdays beginning Sept. 2

If you would like to join one of the ensembles, bell groups. contact:

For youth, Adults and handbells:
Gayle Sullivan

For Children:
Amy Cooper

A vital program of Belmont United Methodist Church, the music ministry includes 10 choral and handbell choirs involving more than 160 participants of all ages. All choirs are voluntary, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. All groups prepare a widely varied repertoire that is offered on a regular basis for a creatively traditional Sunday worship style. With the exception of the Sanctuary Choir which sings year-round, the choir year runs in coordination with the academic calendar, mid-August to mid-May.”

Music creates a strong bond of community because it joins persons together in a group art that is meaningful, educational, enjoyable, challenging, personal, emotional and spiritual. You are invited to be a part of this thriving ministry. Questions about the music ministry can be directed to:
Gayle Andrews Sullivan, Director of Music Ministries (615-383-0832 ext. 29)
Amy Cooper, Director of Children’s Music Ministries

For more information about our music programs, click on the links below:
Adult choirs
Youth choirs
Children’s choirs
Belmont UMC’s pipe organ

Watch our 2020 Feast of Lights program.

Gayle Sullivan, Toccata from Symphony #5, Charles-Marie Widor recorded on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

Gayle Sullivan, 30th Anniversary Organ Concert, January 26, 2020

Performed at Belmont United Methodist Church on January 26, 2020
Audio visual production by Larry Beasley
0:10 Crown Imperial . . . William Walton (1902-1983)
10:57 A Fantasy, Op. 39 . . . Harold E. Darke (1988-1976)
18:56 In Paradisum . . . Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), Trans. by Samuel Metzger
22:56 “Sinfonia,” Wir danken dir, Gott, BWV 29 . . . Johann Sebastian Bach Arr. S. Drummond Wolff
26:39 Alleluyas . . . Simon Preston (b. 1938)
31:54 “The Peace May be Exchanged,” Rubrics . . . Daniel Locklair (b. 1949)
36:34 Piéce Héroique . . . César Franck (1822-1890)
53:44 Folk Tune . . . Percy Whitlock (1903-1949)
58:10 Spirit of God, Unseen as the Wind (Skye Boat Song). .setting by Sondra K. Tucker, Accompanied by the Carillon Ringers and Celebration Ringers.
1:02:00 “Allegro Vivace,” Symphony V I . . . Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Photo by Ed Batsel